What to Expect about Newborn Crying
Before we discuss the different types of crying in babies, let’s first talk about what you can expect about newborn crying.
First, babies will cry a lot. Remember: Crying is their main for of communication, so expect them to cry or fuss throughout the day.
On average, anticipate the cries to happen for 3 hours daily. Reports say that most of it happens in the late afternoon or evening, but each day may be different. Furthermore, some babies might cry for longer than 3 hours a day.
Finally, assume that there will be intense crying when they are 6 to 8 weeks old. Some call it the “peak” of crying. While parents and caretakers might struggle during this period, take peace in knowing that it will eventually pass.
Why is it Important to Respond to Your Baby’s Cries?
You might hear that it’s not good to always hold the baby whenever they cry because you might “spoil them.” But understand that it’s important for you to respond to your baby’s crying.
Think of it this way: your baby is new to this world. They are still discovering what the environment is like. If they cry and someone holds them and gives them what they need, they will learn that they can feel safe and be comforted.
Moreover, studies have it that if you respond quickly to your baby’s cries and fussing, they might cry less often. This is because they feel secure. In other words, you can’t really spoil a newborn by attending to all their needs and discomforts.
The Different Types of Crying in Babies
It’s time to learn how interpreting baby cries is done. One technique is called the Dunstan Baby Language.
The Dunstan Baby Language was established by an Australian opera singer, Priscilla Dunstan. By her accounts, Dunstan observed many babies and noted that they would make certain sounds before they cry or fuss. Her advice is to interpret these sounds before the crying becomes powerful.
Additionally, the Dunstan Baby Language also makes use of baby gestures, such as fist clenching, back arching, and head rotation.
Still, the Dunstan Baby Language is not the only technique in decoding your baby’s cries. A lot of baby experts have shared their insights on how to give meaning to a newborn’s fussing.