What Cry is That?
Let's face it - anyone who has a newborn baby knows that it doesn't take long after birth for crying to become a way of life. Babies lack the maturity and life-experience necessary to control their emotions and their methods of communication. They do know, however, that crying happens to have a rather strong effect on their ability to get what they want, which is often why they resort to such an action. What many parents are unaware of is the fact that different baby cries actually have different meanings. While at first it may all seem that they all blend into one, each cry has a significantly different motivation behind it.
If your child is hurt or in pain, you'll know it. The crying will be excruciatingly loud and constant, and more often than not you will be able to tell that the child has injured his or her self. However, pain cries can often be mistaken for other types of cries if the pain is less obvious, such as if the child has a stomach ache that isn't as physically apparent as something like a stubbed toe. In general, however, pain cries are the most exasperating of all types of crying.
Like pain cries, hunger cries are somewhat easy to discern with a little bit of experience. Consider when the last time the child ate, and if that might have something to do with the way they're acting. If you feed the child and the crying ends, chances are you are dealing with nothing more than a hungry baby. Hunger cries also tend to be far less exasperated than pain cries.
Boredom cries can be relatively tough to discern, but are perhaps the most frequent type of crying that babies do. The mind of a child has a hard time focusing and being patient, and boredom is not handled the way it is by adults. Children who become bored often throw tantrums and begin to cry, which in reality is just to gain the attention of the caregiver(s). If the child stops crying after you show him or her a significant amount of attention, you'll know that you're dealing with boredom crying.
"Can't Have My Way" Cries
Everyone knows that children have somewhat of a hard time accepting that they can't have everything their way. Whether it's a toy from the store or something as simple as getting an extra fifteen minutes in front of the television, babies and young children will often cry to show that they are discontent. Once you are able to discern that your child is crying for this reason, the best way to deal with the situation is to ignore the child until the crying ceases. Giving into what they want each and every time will erode the amount of respect they have for you.