6 Major Types Of Cries Babies Have And The Message Each One May Be Trying To Send

Date November 10, 2017

Babies cry. That is one simply the fact of life. They cry when they are hungry, tired or even over-stimulated. Usually, babies cry because they need something and it is usually up to the parent to figure out what that thing is.

Sure, you can choose to go the trial and error route where you attempt to go through the list one by one like feeding and changing diapers and see if the crying stops. Or you can try and decipher what the problem may be just by listening to the types of cry.

Here are 6 things your baby may be trying to tell you according to the type of cry he makes.

1. "I'm hungry"

When a baby is hungry, other signs like sucking on fingers or smacking her lips usually come before the crying so it's better to look out for both and try not to let her reach the crying stage.

A hungry cry is normally rhythmic in nature and rises and falls repetitively. The cry can also be pretty intense especially since the hunger has gotten serious by then.

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2. "I need a diaper change"

Babies often get uncomfortable after soiling or wetting their diaper. A child's cry of discomfort often sounds whiny and nasally. However, the complicated thing about this cry is that a number of things could be making your baby uncomfortable that has nothing to do with his diaper. He may have a thread from his sock caught in a toenail, or the light may be too bright. So, after figuring out this particular cry, your next step is to play detective and find out the cause.

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3. "I'm overstimulated"

The world can be a pretty overwhelming place for a baby. There are so many things and people to see and this may sometimes push your child over the edge. A sign that she may be a little overstimulated and need some quiet time is when she lets out a whiny, fussy cry. She may even try to turn her head away from whatever it is that's getting too much to handle.

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4. "I'm scared"

A cry that sounds like a screech plus a startled expression usually means your baby is afraid or scared.

5. "I need a nap"

A tired cry starts slowly. It usually begins with a fussy sound or whimper. He may even be rubbing his eyes and the cry will often intensify as time goes on.

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6. "I have colic"

Usually, cries happen for a reason, except when you have a colicky child. In this case, the cry may be accompanied by tense movements such as clenched fists or arched back.

To figure out if you have a colicky baby, consider the rule of three. If your baby cries for three hours straight, it lasts for three days a week and for at least three weeks in a row, you are probably dealing with colic.

The most frustrating part of the infant stage is usually the crying. The baby has no other means of communication except those cries and it can drive parents up the wall to try and figure it out. It is important to stay calm as getting agitated often makes things worse.

Source: Family Share