It can be very frustrating when trying to understand what your baby wants or needs when they don\u2019t know how to speak yet. The only form of communication that they can use is by crying in order to get their parents\u2019 attention and care.\r\n\r\nBabies cry for many reasons but sometimes, the reason just cannot be figured out. There will come a time when a baby just won\u2019t stop crying no matter what and you\u2019ll feel incredibly helpless, not knowing what to do. But that\u2019s normal, most parents have been through that at least once.\r\n\r\n\r\nReasons Baby Cry\r\n\r\n \t\r\nHunger\r\n\r\n\r\nThis is usually the first thing parents think of when they hear their baby cry. It\u2019s important for parents to learn and recognise the signs of hunger such as lip smacking, fussing or rooting.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nStomach problems from colic or gas\r\n\r\n\r\nTummy troubles associated with colic and gas can cause a lot of crying. Colic is usually described inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week and at least three weeks in a row.\r\n\r\nIf your baby isn\u2019t colicky, then it is possible that gas pain is making them miserable. If you suspect gas, try putting her on her back, grasping her feet and gently move her legs in a bicycling motion.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nNeeds to burp\r\n\r\n\r\nIf your baby is crying after a feeding, they probably swallowed air during the breastfeeding or formula feeding. When this happens, a good burp may be all they need.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nDirty diaper\r\n\r\n\r\nSome babies will let you know in an instant while some can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while. Either way, it\u2019s good to check if it is one of the reasons causing discomfort.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nNeeds sleep\r\n\r\n\r\nIt seems like tired babies can go to sleep at anytime, anywhere. However, it\u2019s harder for them than you realise. Rather than nodding off easily, they might fuss and cry when they\u2019re feeling overtired.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nWants to be held\r\n\r\n\r\nBabies need a lot of cuddling as they like being close to their parents. Crying can be a way for them asking to be held close. Sometimes all it takes is your heartbeat, smell or voice to calm them down.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nToo cold or too hot\r\n\r\n\r\nNewborns love being bundled up and kept warm but not too warm. So parents need to make sure not to overdress or put too little clothes on their babies.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nSomething painful and hard to notice\r\n\r\n\r\nBabies can cry over things as difficult to spot as a hair wrapped tightly around tiny toe or finger, cutting off circulation. Some babies can be very sensitive to things like scratchy fabric or clothing tags. They can also be very picky about subtleties like the position they\u2019re being held in or the bottle you offer.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nTeething pain\r\n\r\n\r\nBabies can feel pain when a new tooth pushes through their tender young gums when they\u2019re teething. Some babies suffer more than the others, but all are likely to be fussy and tearful from teething at some point.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nNot feeling well\r\n\r\n\r\nIf all of your baby\u2019s needs have been taken care of, you might want to check for signs of any illness. The cry of a sick baby is different from one caused by hunger or frustration.\r\n\r\n\r\nMethods to Comfort \r\nYou\u2019ve made sure your baby is fine and that all needs have been fulfilled but your baby is still crying. Don\u2019t worry as you can still comfort your baby without knowing the reason.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nGive them something to suck on\r\n\r\n\r\nSucking can steady a baby\u2019s heartbeat, relax their stomach and calm their flailing limbs. Offer them with a pacifier or a finger to suck onto for them to calm down.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nSnuggling and swaddling\r\n\r\n\r\nNewborns like to feel warm and secure, just like how it felt being in their mother\u2019s womb. You can try swaddling your baby in a blanket or holding them against your shoulder to recreate the feeling.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nMusic and rhythm\r\n\r\n\r\nYou can attempt playing some music, singing a lullaby or your favourite song and dancing around the room. Experiment with different kinds of music and see how your baby responds to it.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nWhite noise\r\n\r\n\r\nMany babies can be calmed by the steady flow of \u201cwhite noise\u201d that blocks out other noises as it reminds them of the bodily sounds they heard in the womb. Some examples of white noise would be vacuum cleaners, tap water running or washing machine.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nFresh air\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s good to ventilate your home by opening some windows or doors. You can also try taking your baby outside for a walk.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nWarm water\r\n\r\n\r\nJust like fresh air, warm water can help in stopping your baby from crying. Gently hold onto your baby under a light running warm shower. Don\u2019t force it if your baby doesn\u2019t like the splashing water.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nMotion\r\n\r\n\r\nSometimes, all it takes is the movement of being in your arms or a carrier may be enough to stop the baby from crying. Other methods to put your baby in motion is to let them sit on a rocking chair, swing or bouncy seat or you can take them for a ride in the stroller.\r\n\r\n \t\r\nMassage\r\n\r\n\r\nMost babies enjoy being massaged. Don\u2019t worry about not knowing the proper movements, as long as it\u2019s gentle and soft, it should be comforting enough for your baby.\r\n\r\nFor more parenting tricks and tips, please visit Motherhood.com.my.