Learning to distinguish your baby’s cries
heard other mums say they know how to determine why their baby is crying ( hungry, tired, etc). I can’t tell what my threeweek-old wants when he cries. Any advice on how I can start to ascertain which cry means tired or hungry?
New Mum, Aitkenvale certainly is a bit of a blur in the first six weeks when trying to manage a newborn. Best advice I can give on your newborn’s cries is to establish a routine and then watch and listen for your baby’s cries and get to know the different cries for the different reasons.
For a 3-6 week old, I would satisfied and they will return to the bottle to feed much better.
Once they have fully fed, they will be sleepy, sucking releases hormones in your baby’s brain to make them relax, thus why they like to suck and fall asleep. So by 40-50 minutes upon waking, be sure to place your baby sleepy but awake in their cot, the majority of times and they will soon learn to fall asleep on their own without any drama. This is called self settling. There are many benefits to this skill, the main one being able to stir and put themselves back to sleep without you being required to do ‘‘ anything’’. Once your baby has fallen asleep a sleep cycle will last about 40 minutes. At this 40 minutes your baby is likely to stir, murmur, maybe even cry out for a few minutes but if left to their own skills, will drift off back to sleep for another 40 minutes. The same will be repeated again at 40 minutes and again. This is how your baby will learn to sleep for Email your questions to aboutababy@ townsvillebulletin. com. au. Nicole Pierotti is a child psychologist who specialises in working with babies and children. She is an expert in helping solve sleeping problems. Nicole runs workshops for expectant parents on how to manage newborn babies and establish great sleeping patterns. To make an appointment, contact Nicole at Lister House Consulting Suites, Mater, Hyde Park on 4724 2600 or visit www. babysmiles. com. au. longer than a 40 minute nap.
A lot of parents make the mistake of thinking their baby is finished their sleep and rush in at the 40 minute mark and lift them. Within a few minutes their baby is complaining and this really is about the lack of good solid sleep so if this happens resettle and let them complete more sleep.