Crying is the only way a baby can communicate. Babies cry to get your attention and to ensure that their needs are met. Crying begins from birth and often increases in intensity and frequency around 6-8 weeks of age.

Generally babies become more settled in their behaviour and temperament around 3-4 months of age. This is because it is around this time that their sleep pattern changes and they are capable of self settling.

All babies cry, with some being more demanding, irritable and unsettled than others by nature.

Why do babies cry?

Coping with a crying, unsettled baby can be very distressing for any parent or carer. Learning and understanding the most common reasons babies cry can help you cope during difficult and stressful times. It becomes a process of elimination, working calmly from top to bottom through a mental list of possible causes, eliminating as you go. Ask yourself, is my baby:

1. Hungry?

2. Uncomfortable?

3. Bored?

4. Tired?

5. Over stimulated?

6. Ill?

7. In pain?