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avoid it for several days to see if it makes a
I want to suck on

Sucking is a natural
reflex. For many babies, it’s a comforting,
soothing activity. If your baby isn’t hungry,
try a clean finger or pacifier.
I’m tired,

Tired babies are often fussy
and your baby might need more sleep than
you think. Newborns often sleep up to 16
hours a day. Some newborns sleep even
I’m wet,

For some babies, a wet or
soiled diaper is a surefire way to trigger
tears. Check your baby’s diaper often to
make sure it’s clean and dry.
I want to move,

Sometimes a rocking
session or walk through the house is
enough to soothe a crying baby. In other
cases, a change of position is all that’s
needed. Keeping safety precautions in
mind, try a baby swing or vibrating infant
Weather permitting,
head outdoors
with the stroller. You might even want to
buckle up for a ride in the car.
I’d rather be bundled,

Some babies
feel most secure in a swaddle wrap. Snugly
wrap your baby in a receiving blanket or
other small, lightweight blanket.
I’m hot,

A baby who’s too hot is likely
to be uncomfortable. The same goes for a
baby who’s too cold. Add or remove a layer
of clothing as needed.
I’m lonely,

Sometimes simply seeing
you, hearing your voice or being cuddled
can stop the tears. Gentle massage or light
pats on the back might soothe a crying
baby, too.
I’ve had enough,

Too much noise,
movement or visual stimulation might
drive your baby to tears. Move to a calmer
environment or place your baby in the
crib. White noise - such as a recording of
ocean waves or the monotonous sound of
an electric fan or vacuum cleaner - might
help your crying baby relax.
Remember that many babies have
predictable periods of fussiness during the
day. This kind of crying can help your baby
get rid of excess energy. There might be
little you can do but comfort your baby as
the crying runs its course.
Over time you might be able to identify
your baby’s needs by the way he or she is
crying. For example, a hungry cry might
be short and low-pitched, while a cry of
pain might be a sudden, long, high-pitched
shriek. Picking up on any patterns can help
you better respond to your baby’s cries.
Crying it out
If you’ve tried everything and your baby is
still upset, consider letting your baby cry