Babies don’t think like you. They don’t have a plan and their biological clock is still underdeveloped, definitely not fit for you to maintain your normal daily routines. In fact babies’ sole programs on some days are designed to keep you awake as some may thinks.
After Bob and Nancy had their first child, they send a shout out to all the friends declaring their joy. One of the commonest responses that tagged their congratulatory messages was, ‘be ready to be on night shift’.
So what causes babies to cry especially at odd hours?
These are some of the causes:
- Hunger. When that brand new bundle of joy is hungry, it has only one way of communication, cry. They don’t talk, they don’t gesture out what they want, and they don’t tell you when to feed them. The point is study the times they need to feed.
- Thirst. Remember hunger and thirst goes hand in hand.
- Unusual temperatures. Keeping them in hot environs or not covering them brings out the cries, in them.
- Dirty diaper. The babies’ anal sphincters are not yet developed to have voluntary control. They will soil the clothing or nappies at any time, and when this wetness persists, they cry out for help.
- Boredom. You have one little individual who hates boredom. Keep him/her entertained when awake at all times. Or else.
- Pain. Colicky pains, tight fitting clothing, fever or anything that causes pain will bring out the cry.
- Fear. AS they grow up and start understanding the environments, they develop trust in the parents or caregivers. At certain ages, neighbors or strangers that are of course unknown to them will make then to cry out of fear.
- Overstimulation. Exposure to loud noises, music, sudden loud bangs or anything that stimulates them will elicit cries.