Babies have many ways to communicate with us. The most common? You guessed it! Crying. Crying is one of their ways to let us know they need or want something. Babies just like adults can get stressed out. What are some cues to watch out for with a stressed-out baby?
Stressed Baby Signals
- Continuous crying- can be a sign that baby is stressed out. Being born is a hard job for not only mom but also baby.
- ️ Comfort feeding- Sometimes baby may seem like they are wanting to eat a little more even if they are not hungry.
- Short or non-existent sleep cycles- this can be a big sing that something is going on in baby’s nervous system.
- Abrupt crying during sleep- If baby is stressed their bodies are in a constant fight or flight response. This may affect their sleep cycle.
- Less eye contact- This can be a sign that there is a disconnect in baby’s nervous system not allowing proper communications to the brain.
What Can You Do?
- Here are somethings you can try with baby if you think they may be stressed.
- Skin to skin contact- Sometimes baby just needs to feel you there. Skin to skin contact might be just what baby needs.
- Let baby feed- Yes, baby may not be hungry, but this is their way of getting more bonding time with mom.
- Warm baths before bed.
- Talk to baby, your voice is comforting to them.
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