Most new parents find it difficult to figure out why babies cry. Babies cannot communicate and they cry to tell you their feelings. However, it is hard for new parents to interpret the child’s cries, especially during the initial days. A quick checklist can guide you with the common reasons why babies cry.


This is one of the common reasons for babies to cry. A few signs from the baby can help you understand that the child is hungry and you can feed it before it starts crying. Babies putting their hands in their mouth, lip smacking or rooting are things that you should watch out for.


This can lead to inconsolable crying in babies and is described as a condition where babies cry for at least three hours a day, three days a week and three weeks in a row. You can understand that the child is colicky if it cries after being fed. The baby may be having some pain in the tummy. Gas is also a common condition in babies which makes them fussy. It is best to consult a paediatrician in case you feel that your baby is colicky.

Diaper change

A dirty diaper can make most of the babies uncomfortable and they express the need of a diaper change by crying. While some may be able to tolerate a dirty diaper for some time, others may demand a quick change.


Unlike adults who can go off to sleep in minutes when tired, babies when tired tend to cry and fuss more when they are sleepy.

Cuddling and hugging

Babies like to be cuddled; they like to see their parents’ face and listen to their heartbeats and hear their voice. Babies are also known to identify their parents by their unique smell. Your baby may be crying because it wants you to be close to it.


Babies tend to cry if they feel cold or hot. The best way to avoid this is to make the baby wear one more extra layer of clothing than needed to be comfortable.


Teething is painful for babies. When a new tooth pushes through their gums it makes them tearful and they tend to be fussy. If your child is around four to seven months old you may want to rub your fingers over its gums to look for an emerging tooth.

Sometimes the baby may still cry even after you have tried all the ways to soothe it. It may be difficult for even the wisest of parents to figure out why the baby is crying. Baby crying at night is also something very common even for those babies who are the best sleepers. This could be due to separation anxiety where the baby may want to be close only to their parents. Development leap is another reason for babies to get up at night. It is important that babies get enough sleep through the day and follow a sleep routine each night.