By Meg Faure
Your newborn baby is typically much calmer and cries less than you would expect. Many parents are surprised that their baby does not scream at birth but rather makes quieter sounds and has a period of relative calm. Your hormones released in the birth process and the natural birth process itself results in a calm alert baby on the day he is born
If your newborn (0-2 week old) cries a lot, it is important to have him checked by a doctor or clinic sister as this is typically a period of relative calm, which we call the honeymoon period. Most babies do not cry extensively during the early days.
At around the two week mark, many babies become unsettled and begin to fuss more than during the honeymoon period. This is completely normal and in fact the ‘crying curve’ is well documented. This curve shows that babies begin to cry seemingly without reason at around 2 weeks old and by 12 weeks old this crying has almost entirely abated. This unexplained early baby crying peaks at about 6 weeks of age.
You can help manage the lactose overload by ensuring your baby gets enough hind-milk and by spacing breastfeeds if your milk is well established. Lactase drops in some milk before the feed starts can also help. If your little one is unsettled, try to get him to sleep regularly – after only an hour of awake time. Do this by swaddling your baby and if your little one is very unsettled carry him in a sling and do not worry about spoiling him at this age.
The four to six month old is much less susceptible to overstimulation and therefore is more settled. But just as you think you are getting the hang of this parenting thing, you will find your baby become a little less predictable. Instead of remaining settled for a good three to four hours between feeds, many babies of this age begin to fuss and wake more frequently at night too.
The older baby is a bundle of fun and laughs and will not spend much time crying. There are a few reasons that typically raise their heads:
Your toddler has an opinion and mind of his own and generally this will impact on his mood.
There are three main reasons for crying and tantrums
Finally, it is vital to realize that all babies are different. Some settled little ones cry very little and take each stage in their stride, while a sensitive baby cries for almost no reason and is a challenge for his parents.