Newborns and Crying Health Resources

Newborns cry up to 2 hours a day! Nobody likes to hear their little baby crying, but it’s how your little one is able to communicate that they need something. It’s up to you to figure out what they need. No pressure!

What Do the Tears Mean?



I’m  Hungry!
– Newborns eat every couple of hours and after a few weeks a feeding routine will (hopefully) start to form so you’ll know when it’s approximately feeding time!

I’m Sleepy! – Newborns need 16-20 hours of sleep a day! Being tired can make them fuss!

Wet Diaper! – If your baby suddenly starts crying, check the diaper! A soiled diaper could make anyone cranky!

Let’s Rock! – Your baby wants to rock! Try rocking or bouncing her to give her some movements.

Cuddle me! – Swaddling or wrapping your baby in a blanket may be the comfort they’re seeking.

I’m Hot! – Hot or cold, a baby’s crying may be a signal that they’re uncomfortable. Feel their skin to gauge their temperature.

Want Mom! – Sometimes, baby just needs mom (or dad) to calm down.

Too Much! – Too much noise, too much being passed around to different friends and relatives, or too much jiggling will make baby uncomfortable!

Letting Your Baby Cry it Out

If you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to help, you could try letting baby cry it out. We promise it won’t hurt your baby if you let her cry it out for 5 to 10 minutes.

If it’s too agonizing to hear baby cry, go to a different room, flick on the TV, make something to eat, clean something, or anything! Hopefully, baby will cry herself out and feel better. If she’s still crying keep trying!

You’re NOT a bad parent for letting baby try crying it out or if you can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong. Sometimes babies just cry!

Baby images by Monica H.futurestreet, and Quinn Dombrowski