Did your baby cry more than what is considered normal when he was born?
How did you cope?
No. But, babies need to learn, at an early age, to take care of themselves. If baby is in bed, go to baby, make sure they are okay, dry, not vomited, etc then pat them, soothe them, but leave them in the bed, and don't take them to bed with you. They learn real fast, mommies bed is nicer than a crib. Besides, it is dangerous. Walking the floor is another not so good one. You might find yourself walking the floor with baby alot. Some babies have a lot of gas, and of course colic which is a crying nightmare. Often, if they are drawing the legs up, there is tummy issues.
It's funny how when in that moment of life all you want to do is pull your hair out, scream, cry, or do all three. Then it passes and you miss it. 2 of my 3 children cried non stop. My youngest was so quiet in the hospital. Born 5 weeks early she was so tiny that even when she did cry it was so quiet. No more than 2 weeks later she was screaming non stop. She had colic. My middle child cried from the second he was born. I spent many hours walking in circles with both my youngest in the Colic hold. The only way to cope is to take me moments whenever you can and know that it will be over, in what will later feel like, a blink of an eye!
I agree with you... it's basically one day at a time... but what I think - and that's why I asked this question - is that there are not that many babies that cry more than they are supposed to. You know that sort of thing when it's crying all day ...
Trust me I know the sort! All day and most of the night. Not sure on the statistics for everyone else but 2 out of 3 of mine cried more than they should even when being held.
Nope, but then again I was a believer in attachment parenting. Why should my baby cry? She then he was held by mommy or daddy. When we had to do something we would wear them when possible. We'd bring them where they could see us or put them in a soother for a shower. My kids are still cuddlebugs and my oldest is very independent - public speaking rated the top fear for most people is no issue for my independant girl. My little guy isn't old enough for that yet, not quite 3 but he's quite happy to play on his own very often. My recommendation, your baby has needs, they aren't old enough to have learned manipulation. They cry because it is the only way they can communicate. Try to figure out what it is, even if it just to be held. And enjoy this time, when they are quiet and cuddly, they grow out of it soon enough!
I'm also a firm believer in attachment parenting. All the holding and cuddling did nothing for my 2 who had colic. I still held them but all the holding, nursing, rocking, and love didn't stop the colic!
Colic is a trial. Neither of my kids had that. Wish they could truly figure out what causes that. That is when having help is critical so mom can get a break but baby's needs are still lovingly attended to even if there is no explanation.
I'm talking about a different kind of crying and it has not to do with what you do for the baby or how much you hold him. I'm talking about crying for no reason, always, after you have done all you could... Only 20 % of babies are like that.
What's normal? Babies cry for lots of reasons, not the least of which is sometimes they just need to let it out. If you've checked the normal things; diapers, food, warm/cold, annoyances (noise, light, motion, bugs) and they are not obviously sick (fever, throwing up), and you are at the end of your rope. Place the baby in a safe place and walk away.
Never, ever, shake the baby.
Hi, win-winresources, I agree with you totally. My twins are 4 now, that time has come and gone, but my girl was a challenge. I'm trying to get views on the subject for other parents, for you only know what it is about, if your baby was like that.
When our little girl was born (she is now nearly 6 months old) she never made a sound. I still remeber just sat next to my wife and looking at her. She just looked at everyone in the delivery suite with her big, beautiful blue eyes. When she was passed to my wife, she was still silent, but with a calmness, if that makes senses. I think it was about 40 minutes or so before she actually cried.
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