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Mommy & Baby: When Your Baby Cries
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The PDF parenting philosophy doesn’t call for a suppression of all crying, understanding that not all crying is unhealthy, but the prevention of the crying can be very detrimental to both baby and parents as the child grows. PDF babies will move from dependence to independence because the system is built on relational security, not proximal security. Your baby will be secure in your relationship with him as you meet his needs, rather than just in the fact that you’re in the same room with him. This is the sort of security parents want to infuse in their children to promote healthy bonding and independence as they grow.

Abnormal cry times include the following:

  • During feedings

  • Immediately after feedings

  • At times when the baby wakes early out of a sound nap

Crying at one of these times deserves immediate attention. Don’t wait for the crying to subside, investigate it quickly, looking for the root of the cause.

Normal cry times include the following:

  • Just before feeding

  • When baby is put down to nap

  • During the late afternoon/early evening period (many babies are fussy at this time of day)

Without understanding your baby’s cry patterns, you’ll always be second-guessing at his need or desire. Do not ignore your baby’s cry if you cannot pinpoint the root of it, but comfort him. Sometimes he just wants you, and that’s okay! Part of your job as mommy is to soothe your baby and reassure him that you are here to meet his needs.

About The Author

Kirsten Hawkins is a baby and parenting expert specializing new mothers and single parent issues. Visit for more information on how to raising healthy, happy children.

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