Baby Brie : Crying for Different Reasons
[I loveee watching babies sleep so soundly]
Brie who’s been sleeping a lot during the day, ie. Waking up just for her feeds and dozing off again soon after, has started to have longer waking hours lately.
[And err, I hope that would mean 'longer' sleeping hours at night, as opposed to frequent requests for feeds - every 1- 3 hours, throughout the night =)]
When Brie is asleep, she can sometimes grunt, stretch her arms and legs out, frown / smile for a split second, or … scream out a hysterical-’pick-me-up-now’ cry all of a sudden! It’s like she’s just had a bad dream or something (Whenever I hear this kind of cry, I’d immediately go to her and pick her up to calm her down)
[I do wonder if babies can have a bad dream. The issue of 'Can babies have a bad dream' is apparently still debatable too. What do you think? Can babies have nightmares?]
In the first three weeks of having Brie at home, whenever she made ‘noises’, Vai would immediately tell me that Brie’s hungry and that she wanted to be breastfed =)
I then went to explain to both Anya and Vai how babies cry for different reasons, and not only because they’re hungry. I tell them how I too need to check and find out why Brie fusses or cries.
In simple terms, I shared with Anya and Vai how babies can’t ‘speak’ just yet, so they would cry to tell us when :
- They’re uncomfortable (eg. Soiled diapers)
- They’re too warm / hot or too cold
- They’re hungry or thirsty
- They’re tired (eg. Overstimulated for too long?)
- They want to be cuddled and soothed
- They need to be burped after a feed (ie. Gassy tummy)
- They’ve just had a bit of a shock, eg. Woken up by a sudden loud bang
- They’re not feeling well / in pain
So now, they both would first ‘take a guess’ before telling me what they think Brie wants whenever she cries or makes noises =)
Btw, do share your thoughts and views on this yeah. I’d love to hear what you think of babies and how they communicate through crying.
To read more on babies, why they cry and how to soothe them:
- Babycentre.co.uk >> Seven reasons why babies cry and how to soothe them
- Mayoclinic.com >> What to do when your newborn cries
- Askdrsears.com >> Seven things parents should know about baby’s cries