Parenting Guide

Top Reasons Why My Baby Is Crying?

Children cry naturally, and it's normal for a parent to become frustrated with a crying child, especially if you are unable to determine the cause of your child's sobbing. It can be challenging to figure out why your child is crying before they can talk. Even when young children begin to speak, their reasons for crying are not always understandable to adults.

Why Babies Cry: Reasons With Solutions

It's normal for babies to cry. Whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed, most newborns cry about 45–2 hours every day during the first six months of their lives. Every night, between 6 p.m. and midnight, some babies have a "witching hour" or several, during which they are particularly fussy. 

Here are a few potential reasons for all those sobs: 

1.    Hunger

You can start feeding your baby before they start crying if you learn to detect the signals of hunger. Fussing, lip-smacking, rooting (a newborn reflex that causes babies to move their head toward your hand when you massage their cheek), and placing their hands to their mouths are some hunger symptoms to look out for in newborns.

2.    Your Child Wants Attention

The tears occasionally seem to appear out of nowhere. Your child is playing happily for one minute, and then you momentarily turn your back, and they start sobbing. Your child is aware that weeping does a wonder for getting your attention. Even negative attention reinforces a child's behavior. Response to your child's tantrums can make them worse. 

When feasible, ignore attention-seeking conduct. When your youngster is requesting your attention, avoid making eye contact and refrain from starting a discussion. They will eventually realize that screaming or having a fit when there is no captive audience is not entertaining. Show your youngster that playing gently, speaking kindly, and abiding by the rules will get you to notice them. 

Your child will be less likely to try to use tears to get your attention if you give them lots of praise for exhibiting these actions. Regularly provide your child with affection. Every day, set out for a short period to join them on the floor for a game or a ball toss. If you offer your child a few minutes of attention each day, they won't scream for it as much.

3.    Need To Burp

Burping is not required. However, if your baby screams after eating, it could only require a good burp. When a baby breastfeeds or sips from a bottle, the air is swallowed, and if the air isn't evacuated, discomfort may result. 

I can't even begin to count how many times I've burped (or unsuccessfully attempted to burp) my little one when she was cranky after a meal. Some newborns are extremely disturbed by having air in their tummies. She sometimes lets out a huge belch when you walk around and stroke her on the back, which explains why she was weeping.

4.    Teething Pain

As each new tooth pushes through sensitive immature gums, teething can be painful. All newborns will certainly experience teething-related fussiness and crying at some point. Though, some will experience it more than others. 

Try feeling your baby's gums with your finger if they appear to be in discomfort, but you are unsure of why. The firm nub of a growing baby tooth can surprise you. The first tooth typically erupts between the ages of 4 and 7. However, it can do so sooner.

They may be sobbing out of frustration, melancholy, rage, or separation anxiety (especially at night). Additionally, they can be expressing their melancholy or separation phobia. The discomfort of teething is typically the case of older babies' crying. Most infants start to sprout their first tooth between the ages of 6 and 12 months.

5.    Not Feeling Well

If you have given your infant their basic requirements and calmed them, but they are still crying, they may be sick. To rule out a fever and be cautious, you might wish to take their temperature for additional disease symptoms. A sick infant typically cries differently than one who is hungry or frustrated. Trust your instincts and contact or visit a doctor if your baby's weeping just doesn't seem "right."


Sometimes a crying baby can make you annoyed and irritated. But as a mother or father, you have to find out why your baby is crying and immediately do some solution to make them peaceful. In this article, we’ve discussed some basic reasons that can make your baby cry. 

Beth Norris

Beth Norris has years of experience working with top cosmetic and skincare brands for years  which reflects in her blogs which are packed with beauty and skincare tips. She has amassed a big following over the years, who wait for her content anxiously.