Crying is the normal way the baby communicates with you. Usually the problem is hunger, a wet diaper, or wanting to change positions. Your baby may just want to be picked up, held, talked to, or patted. Your baby may be tired and need help in falling asleep.
Then there always seems to be some crying for no reason at all. It seems as if the baby “just wants to cry.” Usually this is perfectly all right.
Many mothers, fathers, grandparents and doctors feel it is all right to pick up baby whenever he/she cries. On the other hand, many other such persons feel quite differently, and they suggest that the baby be allowed to fuss for a period of time. It seems that no one has the “right” answer.
We suggest that you first do whatever needs to be done to make baby comfortable. You and the baby’s father will then want to decide how much “extra” crying is reasonable and just how much you want to let baby cry before picking him/her up again.
If the crying seems to be excessive and you are concerned, do not hesitate to let us know. It is usually not a serious problem, but we may need to check the baby.