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All babies cry. It’s normal because that’s their way of communicating. They can cry for short or long periods. And some babies cry more than others.

Babies express their needs by crying. The quicker and more calmly you respond to your baby’s crying, the more loved and secure they’ll feel.

What is your baby trying to tell you?

He cries when he’s in your arms:

  • Is he tired?
  • Or bored? Would he like you to show him a toy or sing to him?
  • Is he uncomfortable? Or hungry? Is he cold? Or too hot? Does he have a dirty diaper?

She cries when she’s alone in bed:

  • Has she slept long enough?
  • Or bored? Does she want to be cuddled?
  • Is he uncomfortable? Or hungry? Is he cold? Or too hot? Does he have a dirty diaper?
  • Is she between two sleep cycles? If that’s the case, she’ll go back to sleep on her own.

Does your baby cry and you sometimes don’t know why? Despite all your efforts, he still cries? It’s normal. It can be difficult to decode what a baby’s trying to tell us. And sometimes, babies cry and there is no way console them. Try to stay calm. Your baby will feel it and calm down too.
If your baby appears to be unwell, contact Info-Santé (8-1-1) or any other health professional.

Should I let my baby cry?

Don’t worry: comforting a baby every time she cries is not likely to spoil her. On the contrary, she’ll understand that you’re attentive to her needs. She’ll feel that she’s important to you and is loved.

And if, despite all your efforts, your baby still doesn’t calm down, you may have no choice but to let her cry: this isn’t dangerous for her and she’ll end up calming down on her own.

Keep in mind that a baby never cries with the intention of manipulating you: she’s too young for that.

I can’t take it anymore

Here are some tips to help you get through these difficult moments:

  • Ask someone you trust to take over (your partner, a friend, a family member). Use this time to go for a walk and relax. Use this time to go for a walk and relax.
  • If you’re alone with your child, put him in his crib and get out of the room for a few moments Take the time to calm down and ask for help. Call a friend or family member or a professional support agency, such as the Parent Help Line (1-800-361-5085).

Never shake your baby. It could cause permanent injuries to his brain or even bring about his death.

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