Friday, May 16, 2008

The Crying Game


After I had my first child, I brought her home and realized I'd forgotten to pick up the how-to instruction manual from the hospital. Ack! What the heck am I supposed to do with this "thing?" Especially when it's crying and can't tell me what's wrong! Am I allowed to muzzle it? Do they make those dog barker things for baby cries?
Some days, I was at my wits end and just had to walk away for a moment to keep my sanity. So I decided to write down an A-Z list to baby cries. It's too hard to think clearly when you're listening to the wailing screams of a banshee, so here is a list that may help you determine what's "wrong" when you can't seem to pinpoint the problem. These are just some reasons/solutions. Hopefully you'll find some of them useful. Just remember, attitude is everything. Your baby can sense stress, so try to stay positive. :o)

A
attitude
(stay positive)
B
burp the baby
C
constipated, colic
D
diaper change
E
environment
(create a calmer setting)
F
feed the baby
G
gassy
H
heartburn, headache
I
irritated
(change activity)
J
just needs to be held
K
keep calm
(baby can sense stress)
L
lay on tummy
M
music
N
needs attention
(feels alone)
O
over-stimulated
P
position change
Q
quiet, too noisy
R
Rash
(check for diaper and heat rashes)
S
sick
T
tired
U
under-stimulated
V
verify diaper is not too tight
W
warm
(baby may be cold)
X
eXamine for scratches/redness
(may be hurt)
Y
you've tried everything...
Z
zilch, baby may need to cry and that's okay

5 comments:

sugar panda said...

lol my favorite was letter "Z" haha

interesting read!!

Merka said...

That's a great list, Winkle. You should make them into alphabet cards for nurseries. That way they are at a mom's disposal when she can't remember, which is always :)

Love it.

Kelly said...

What an awesome post! I'm taking care of my niece during the week these days and I'll definitely be referring to your list.

Beat Black said...

o boy,
sounds like a tough job!

Leah said...

Great list! I hate it when they just need to cry and nothing helps. Luckily most of the crying seems to be due to hunger or being tired...at least at my house...

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