Pay attention when your baby cries, they are trying to tell you something

  • Crying is your baby’s first form of telling you something, so you need to figure out what they are feeling: hungry, tired, need attention?
  • As your baby gets older, they will start to babble to tell you how they feel.

When your baby is a newborn, crying is their only form of communication. While it isn’t very clear what they need, you need to pay attention when they cry and respond. They will start to babble and coo, which are the very beginning of talking. This is your baby’s first try to tell you what they want or need. It might be a diaper change, food, or sleep. It’s important to remember that your baby is crying for a reason, and it’s their main type of communication.

To find more information, check out:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2010). Look Who’s Talking. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Look Who’s Talking

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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