Decoding baby cries

Babies cry. It is a fact and it will not change no matter how many centuries pass. Some people say that crying is a natural phenomenon. Since babies are unique and have different personalities, some can cry more than others cry or sleep less than others sleep. In addition, each baby responds differently to stimuli.

A myth that is far from being busted is that mothers can tell the difference between types of their babies ‘cry. Before trusting any myth or rumour, pay attention to your child and adapt to his personality.

Look at the 5 most common baby cries

1. Pain Alarm

This type of cry is usually piercing, grating and powerful. Also, the mimics and gestures of your baby appear panicked and alerted. The babies that suffer from gas pain bring their knees up to chest or grunt. Your baby might calm down if he sucks on his finger or the dummy.

2. Sleep Alarm

Sounds like a breathy and helpless sob and it usually announces that the baby is tired and needs sleep. Also, the baby’s eyes are reddish and he keeps rubbing them. Some babies though tired, are agitated and when taken in arms they are restless. Usually they just want to be allowed to sleep. Rocking the baby gently and humming a soft tune can help your baby fall asleep more easily.

3. Boring/Over-stimulating Alarm

It does not sound so powerful and agitated like the other types and it is more like a chanting. The way you can tell it is a bored cry is the fact that the baby looks away from the game or you, so try to find other stimuli. In case the baby is over-stimulated, try to focus his attention on one sound or one image and play some soothing music.

4. Annoyed Alarm

Sounds like a whiny and forced repetition. The baby is telling you he is not comfortable with something. He also pulls angry faces and flaps his hands. He can react in this way based on simple stimuli such as the hat falls over his eyes or the shoe feels like slipping off.

5. Burp Alarm

If the baby makes an “eh” sound repeatedly, after a meal, it means it is time to help him burp. His chest and stomach muscles tightened and he needs to get those gases out.

Before stressing yourself about the cry of your baby try to understand him and check if his basic needs have been covered- clean diaper, comfortable position, hunger.