Why does baby wake up crying

February 112013

89 - Cry Baby!

I want to find the reason why my baby son wakes up crying. He usually does this in the afternoon, in the morning he’s fine and wakes up normally. But what’s the story with this crying. I’ve just visited The Baby Sleep Site where Nicole Johnson gave some good tips on this topic. Let’s check out together:

Obviously, babies wake up crying to eat, because they are wet or dirty (sometimes), or to have their sleep associationrecreated (such as replacing a pacifier), but this Sleep Quick Tip is to discuss what it possibly means when your baby wakes up crying from a nap or in the morning when they are “done sleeping” (at least you think so).

From my reading, I have not found any definitivereason as to why babies cry when they wake up, butit is normal for them to cry between sleep cycles. With my first-born, if he woke up crying, it 90% of the time meant that he was not done sleeping. He may have awakened in between sleep cycles and had trouble going into the next one. My 2nd son had a much easier time going into the next sleep cycle, most of the time, but he still whimpered a bit, sometimes, between sleep cycles.

This tip is to encourage you not to run in at the slightest whimper because crying between sleep cycles is normal and expected. Babies might not do it every sleep cycle, but they do some. I am not saying you need to allow your baby to cry-it-out, but any amount of crying feels a lot longer than it is. My 2nd son did not have as much of a luxury to be attended to at the slightest whimper because I had my older son to take care of, too. I remember when my 2nd son was around 2 months old, I was fixing my first son lunch and #2 (his name is Nicholas, btw) woke up from his nap. I couldn’t get to him right away, but was walking to his room by the 3 or 4 minute mark and my hand was on the doorknob and he went back to sleep!! I would have disturbed his nap had I been in there any sooner. Of course, at 2 a.m. 3 or 4 minutes feels more like 30, but just keep it in mind and look at the clock.

You can read the rest here:
http://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-quick-tips/baby-wake-up-crying/ 

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