20 Reasons Why Your Baby is Crying

| Pregnancy |

Here is a short (and far from complete) list of possible answers.

Usually, a baby can be soothed by addressing one of the big 4:



Dirty Diaper


Sometimes there is something else going on:

Diaper rash

Too hot

Too cold

Loud noise

Too quiet

Wants to suck

Wants to be held/feels alone

Hair wrapped around a finger or toe




Clothing tag/velcro from swaddle is rubbing skin

Swinging, but wants bouncing

Bouncing, but wants swinging

Reflux/silent reflux

Pain from recent heel pricks, vaccinations, other medical interventions

Looking at this list may make you want to laugh or cry (or laugh-cry simultaneously).  But remember, an infant’s cry is a reflex, not an emotional statement.  Make your baby as safe and comfortable as you are able to, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. We are here for you!

Written by Nikki Wray

Nikki is a Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA), Certified Newborn Care Specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor, with 1000’s of hours of experience working with new parents. She is also the co-founder of Metropolitan Doulas, where she provides best quality postpartum care and support in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland area.