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Newborns don’t do much, besides eat, poop, sleep and cry. And when you only have a handful of things you’re good at, they each tend to get a fair amount of play. Which means that for as many sweet cuddles as you get, there will also be plenty of tears to work through.
But why? And how can you help your little one to work through those bouts of crying, when you’re feeling pretty close to tears yourself?
Imagine that you had no way to communicate with those around you. You were in a new world, surrounded by people who seemed to love and care for you, but who didn’t speak your language and couldn’t always understand what you were thinking or feeling. Then imagine that you were completely reliant upon those people to fulfill your every need – incapable of feeding yourself, or doing much else for that matter. What would you do to express yourself whenever you had needs that weren’t being met? Well, you would probably cry, of course.
For each of those potential sources of tears, there is something you and/or your partner can do. And as you become more comfortable in your role as a parent, you will also get better about distinguishing the real reason for that crying. You’ll learn to pay attention to your schedule and to know that if a certain number of hours have passed since your little one last ate – hunger is probably the source of those tears. Similarly, you’ll learn to check the diaper first when crying begins. You’ll pick up on those cues, and before you know it, your baby will be using those tears to communicate with you. To let you know that he needs something.
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