Why Infants Cry and How to Respond
It’s 3:00 in the morning. For the past few weeks you’ve only gotten 2-3 hours of sleep at a time and you are exhausted. Your newborn baby won’t stop crying. You feel like you’ve tried everything to get her to stop and you don’t know what else to do. You can’t help but ask in frustration, “Why are you crying?” You are not alone in asking this question. For many years, parents and researchers alike have tried to answer the question “why do babies cry?” and the more important question, “what can I do about it?” This article will try to answer these questions, as well as give some useful suggestions to help calm your baby (and yourself) down.
Stevens, Amberly; Porter, Chris; and Duncan, Stephen F., "Why Infants Cry and How to Respond" (2019). Forever Families. 92.