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Are you worried that your baby is crying more than the average babe? Are you wondering, is my baby’s crying normal? This is going to be a short, encouraging post for mamas who are asking these questions.
What Is Normal?
It is actually totally normal for newborns to spend about 2-3 hours, out of 24, fussing/crying. Their fussiness will increase to these 2-3 hours up until 6 weeks and then decrease, mostly disappearing anywhere from 2-4 months. There is light at the end of a relatively short tunnel!
A Mayo Clinic study* found that, of the average 2-3 hours a day that babies cry, time spent crying was attributed to the following:
- 36% of baby’s crying is due to hunger
- 21% of baby’s crying is due to a wet diaper
- 8% of baby’s crying is due to a dirty diaper
- 35% of baby’s crying is for an unknown reason
They Need Comfort
See that?! More than 1/3 of the time a baby spends crying is for an unknown reason. This really means that you can’t do much for baby other than offer comfort. Comfort can be in the form of:
- a warm bath
- a gentle massage
- swaddling (these ones are the best and they are beautiful!)
- making a loud shhhhh sound in baby’s ear
- use a sound machine in baby’s room during sleep times (my fav can be found here!)
- holding baby close to your body
- making quick, small, side to side motions while holding baby
- hold baby in a ‘football position’ facing outward so she is on her side/stomach in your arms
- offer baby something to suck on
So, mama, take heart. Your sweet little nugget is acting a bit fussy, but it’s totally normal. Remember, this height of this occurs around 6 weeks and then decreases, likely being totally gone somewhere between 2-4 months. This is not how your baby will always act and is just a normal stage of their life. They are figuring everything for the first time, just like you. So, trust that they’ll figure it out and just need some extra love while they do.
If you feel like your little one is crying excessively, don’t despair! Check out Colic In Babies And How To Treat It.