Even though the holidays are a time to celebrate and be merry, the newest addition to your family may not always feel so cheerful. “Because babies are too young to express themselves with words, they often cry to alert mom and dad that they need attention for one reason or another,” says Cindy Zizek, a registered nurse and resident expert for PlaytexMommyville.ca.
In Zizek’s experience, there are several reasons why babies cry. And, there are tried-and- true ways parents can often soothe them.
• Hungry – This is likely the first thing parents think of when their babies start to cry. Babies often show signs such as lip smacking, fist sucking and rooting that indicate when they are hungry.
• Sleepy – Celebrating the holidays can be exhausting for little ones and if babies don’t get enough sleep, they become fussy and restless, but to prevent an overly tired infant, watch for yawning and eye rubbing. When putting them down, incorporate rocking motions and lullabies to help them fall asleep more easily.
• Upset tummy – Gas and colic are common culprits for crying babies. Help them avoid the pain by gently bicycling the legs, giving a tummy massage and a warm bath. If you are bottle feeding, use bottles with a bottom vent like the Playtex Ventaire bottle which allows air to enter without mixing with liquid, and is clinically shown to help reduce colic.
• Dirty Diaper – As one would expect, having a dirty diaper can be very uncomfortable for a baby, and when they need to be changed they cry. This is an easy fix, just follow the odour.
• Teething – As adults we don’t remember our teeth coming in but this is a big reason why babies cry. Luckily, there are many ways to help relieve pain and soothe a teething baby: allow babies to chew cool cloths or give them a pacifier specially designed for teething babies such as the Playtex Orthopro, which minimizes pressure on developing teeth.
Zizek provides additional helpful parenting advice and information at www.playtexmommyville.ca.