1. Normal Development
During the first few months of life crying is part of baby’s normal development. Crying increases between 2 and 3 weeks and usually peaks around 6 to 8 weeks.
Do you get cranky when you’re tired? Baby might get cranky when they are tired too. To help avoid having an overtired baby make sure they are getting enough naps in during the day and start your bedtime routine about an hour before you want your baby asleep. If you don’t already have one establish a bedtime routine, it can make a world of difference. A calming bath can also help calm baby and get them ready for bed.
3. Gas Pains
If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.
Baby could be overstimulated by noises or activity going on around them, life is a lot different outside the womb. Try to avoid physical activity and loud animated verbal interactions with your baby in the 2-3 hours before bedtime. Try skin to skin or take them to a quiet place to unwind from all the excitement of the day.
Could it be colic?
Colic usually follows the rule of 3’s. Colic is usually characterized as crying that lasts longer than 3 hours, for at least 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more and cannot be consoled or soothed. In addition to the ideas listed above gripe water may help reduce baby’s discomfort.