Assume that your baby will try cry a lot and you might be pleasantly surprised if she doesn’t. If you think she won’t cry and then she does, you may find yourself overwhelmed and disorientated.
Remember that there are really only three states your newborn baby can be in: asleep, awake and quiet, and awake and crying. If causes are tiredness, hunger, loneliness, and discomfort – she is too hot or too cold, is in an uncomfortable position, or needs changing. You must accept sometimes, though, that a baby will cry for no discernible reason. This type of crying can be the most stressful for a parent.
Responding to crying Leaving a child to cry on her own is never a good idea, even though you will hear this advice often. If a baby is denied attention and friendship in her early weeks and months, she may grow up to be introverted, shy, and withdrawn. Research on newborns shows that if parents are slow to respond to their baby’s crying, the result may be a baby who cries more rather than less. A recent study found that babies whose crying was ignored in their first few weeks tended to cry more frequently and persistently as they grew older.