- Family and Parenting
Answers to Frequently asked baby questions
What do I do when my baby cries (a lot)?
When a baby cries this could be caused by many things. Here are a number of reasons/solutions.
Is your baby hungry?
If your baby hasn’t eaten in a while (some hours) then this could be the reason. If not then it could be something else.
Is your baby having stomache cramps?
In the first 4 or 5 months your baby’s intestines have to get used to digesting food and that will hurt. These cramps mostly appear after your baby has eaten and it might cry a lot after eating. After 4 months this problem will be over though. At the shop where they sell homeopathic medicine you can buy something that causes food to be digested slower. Put some drops of this in the baby’s milk and the cramps will decrease, as the intestines will digest the food slower which causes less pain to your baby and as it is from natural herbs it does no harm to your baby.
Does your baby have a fever?
A baby cannot regulate it’s body temperature yet, so you will have to regularly check your baby’s temperature. In general when the baby has 38 degrees (Celsius) it means that the temperature is at an increased level and above 38,5 degrees (Celsius) it means your baby has fever. So when your baby feels warm to the skin and has rosy skin (cheeks) it is a good idea to check your baby’s temperature.
None of the above
Sometimes the reasons mentioned above are not the problem of your baby crying. Well, it could also be that your baby is crying because it is just feeling restless, or your baby is just in a bad mood at the time. Remember that every baby is different in that sense.
Also take into account that almost all babies have their daily hour of crying. This is usually at a fixed time of the day and is quite normal baby-behaviour. Should you feel nervous about your baby crying, your baby will feel this too and cry more. If you feel that the baby crying makes you nervous or annoyed then just take a couple of minutes break where you cannot hear the baby cry and return once you have calmed down.
What is the general sleep/eat schedule for a baby?
Of course every baby is different in behavior and character and the amounts of sleeping time depends on the age of your baby as well. The schedule below is a pointer on how a day could be, and you can take out certain sleeping/eating moments as you go.
7.00 hours: Wake up and drink a bottle of milk or porridge
8.45 hours: Eat a bit of fruit, either fresh fruit or from a baby food jar
9.00 hours: Sleeping
10.30 / 11.00 hours: Wake up and eat a snack (cracker or rice-cracker)
12.30 hours: Eat a sandwich/drink bottle of milk or porridge
13.30 hours: Sleeping
15.30 / 16.00 hours: Wake up and eat some dinner in the form of fruit/vegetables/baby food
17.30/ 18.00 hours: Bathing and a bottle of milk/porridge
19.00 / 20.00 hours : Sleeping
The weight of your baby
A lot of parents will ask themselves at one point whether their baby has a healthy weight or not.
Between the birth of your baby until it is around 4 years of age, your baby will be regularly checked whether it is growing up healthy. They will check your baby’s weight, length and whether it eats well.
Should your baby weigh a bit more than it should be, don’t immediately panic, as it will change a lot in time, especially in the first months of growing up. Some baby’s just have more appetite than other babies. Should your baby still weigh too much when it is about 3 or 4 years old, then it is time to adapt your baby’s eating pattern or ask a doctor for advise should the overweight be a lot.
Until now there is not enough research done to see whether there is a connection between overweight with babies/toddlers and when they are teens/adults. There is however an increased chance that overweight babies will grow into overweight children /teens/adults.
Research has shown that babies that are breast-fed have less overweight than babies that are not breast-fed. Breast-milk contains ingredients that cause the babies to develop less fat cells.