The baby is finally here, the joy is great, but then – the little one screams. Constantly. It’s no wonder, then, when you start feel less heartfelt love and more despair. Why does it scream? What am I doing wrong? How can I end this situation or make it easier for everyone?
A newborn baby has a very limited repertoire of expressions – crying is one of them. These noisy reminders can mean many things:
It is frequently several factors in combination that make your baby restless. "Fussy babies" are usually sensitive, sometimes even temperamental children, who may react more to cramps in the tummy or other sensory stimuli than "quiet" children.
A common characteristic of fussy babies is that they sleep relatively little and/or generally find it difficult to calm themselves down and go to sleep. However, during the first 3 months in particular, this is the best way for the small body to mature further and is a "protection program" against over-stimulation.
If crying is completely normal, what exactly is a fussy baby?
One definition is a baby who
Every minute of crying is hugely stressful for everyone present – this can also be physically measured by the heartbeat and hormones in baby’s blood, by muscle tension and, in the worst case, strains.
It is important to find out what method soothes the infant at what time. Simple example: if your baby has just eaten, it is unlikely to be hungry. It can be helpful to tick off a checklist in your mind: