POSTS WITH TAG: colic & crying

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    I ran into a new, very tired mom the other day and I couldn't help but remember back to when my now almost-10-year old was a baby.

    God, she never, ever slept.

    But the more kids I added, the more I felt okay letting them cry it out a bit, and surprise, the better they all slept, which led me to believe that it wasn't necessarily her. Maybe my sleepless nights were my own fault.

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    Did you know that babies can fake cry? I don't know about you, but this is news to me. A recent small study demonstrated that babies can fake cry -- just for the attention. This sounds like an extremely precocious form of naughtiness, but the researchers promise that when babies fake cry, they are not just trying to manipulate their parents. Well, they kind of are. But in a good way! Let me explain.

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    Soooooo, let me guess -- since your baby arrived, you're more exhausted than you've ever been in your entire life and can't remember the last time you had a really decent full night of sleep. Sound about right?

    It's no big secret that babies and sleep deprivation go hand in hand, but wait until you hear exactly how much zzz's many new parents are actually losing.

    According to a survey conducted by memory foam mattress company Ergoflex, moms and dads lose 44 days of sleep due to their baby's crying during the first year.

    Are you freakin' kidding me?

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    Babies are just weird sometimes. They're little mysteries wrapped up in chubby cheeks and pajamas. What are they thinking? What do they want? And why are they crying -- again?!? Here's a real puzzler: This eight-month-old baby cries every time he hears the Nationwide Insurance jingle. Dad Beau Cooper noticed little Deegan getting upset right after a commercial, so he sang it again. Sure enough, Deegan cried. So he called his wife over and sang it again: Crying. They did it a third time just to capture it on video. More crying. And this is not even the end of the story!

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    First came the baby pee and poo analyzer, then came the baby cry analyzer. A new device claims to be able to translate your baby's wails for you. AKA, no more wondering, Is she hungry? Is he wet? Why won't he stop crying?! In theory, this device sounds amazing, as parents will do anything to find out why their child is crying (and to get the crying to stop). But are we going too far with all these analyzers? I mean, we're dealing with babies here, not science experiments.

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    11 Reasons Your Baby Might Be Crying

    posted by Mary Fischer April 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM in Baby
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    One of the most difficult parts of being a parent is trying to calm a crying baby -- especially when you have no idea what is upsetting him.

    Sure, there are the obvious reasons why babies cry -- hunger, thirst, a wet or dirty diaper, being too hot or cold, or because they're sick or have gas bubbles in their little tummies.

    But every mom and dad has those frustrating times when the above reasons are not the cause of baby's tears, and we all know just how difficult it can be to get to the root of the issue when you've checked the main crying triggers over and over again.

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    Just in case you haven't already seen the most hilarious parenting Tumblr happening right now, please do yourself a favor and check this out. Reasons My Son Is Crying. It's photo after photo of dad Greg Pembroke's 20-month-old son crying, and the reasons why.

    And all those reasons make SO MUCH SENSE! Like "He's in the largest toy store in America." Yeah, that would be horrible. "We let him put on the boots he loves to wear." That sucks! "It took me more than 0 seconds to take his shirt off." You monster. "He threw his dinner plate on the ground. Now he wants to eat dinner." Why didn't you have a second plate full of food waiting for him?!? Does any of this sound familiar, parents?!?

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    11 Weird & Wacky Ways to Soothe a Fussy Baby

    posted by Mary Fischer February 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM in Baby
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    Babies are all sorts of sweet and adorable, but any mom will tell you that trying to deal with a baby who won't stop crying is one of life's biggest challenges. It's emotionally draining. It's annoying. And sometimes it can drive you to the brink of insanity.

    And that's why most of us will try just about anything to calm down our fussy babies -- even if a few methods seem a little bit on the weird side.

    I had a tried and true method that worked every time when my son was bawling his eyes out as a baby, and even though I'm sure people in public thought I was nuts, I'd do it anywhere, anytime to calm him down.

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    Colic! That mysterious thing that makes your baby cry forever and he won't stop. Why the crying? Why so much crying?!? People have been trying to figure this one out for centuries. Is it tummy trouble -- or is it something else? Well, the latest news on colic points to tummy trouble.

    A new study found that babies with colic also happen to develop a certain intestinal bacteria later than babies who don't have colic. Without that proteobacteria and probiotics, perhaps babies are having stomach pains, or getting gassy, and that's what causes colic. Have we finally found the cause of colic -- and does that mean we've finally found the cure?

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    Any new parent will tell you that one of the hardest things to adjust to with a baby is the whole not getting a remotely decent amount of sleep thing. Unless you are one of those one in a million people who wound up with a gem of a baby who slept through the night on day one, I'm sure you've struggled with what you should or should not do when your little one wakes up crying in the middle of the night.

    Well, a new study conducted at Temple University in Philadelphia has concluded that letting your baby cry it out is the best plan to ensure that he or she learns how to self-soothe.

    Um, that's all well and good -- but listening to your baby cry, moan, and wail for you in the middle of the night and not doing a darn thing about it is way, way easier said than done.

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