There is a huge range of normal crying in babies through the first 12 weeks of life. At one end, a baby will barely fuss, fall asleep easily and feed on a predictable pattern. At the other extreme is the baby who wakes screaming, sleeps inconsistently and feeds on a random schedule.
Although all babies cry, when crying becomes more frequent or lasts hours, some parents may wonder if they should be worried it’s something more serious.
“It’s always distressing for parents when they see their baby crying, but it’s a normal response,” says Arlene Hay, M.D., pediatrician at the Sutter Medical Foundation in Sacramento. “Infants have a cry reflex – it’s their first verbal communication. They’re just releasing tension and it’s a normal behavioral activity.”
Crying is a normal behavior that can happen daily, at least for the first few months. Although it is stressful for parents, Dr. Hay says the trick is to remember it will get better.