Consider emotional causes Babies are happiest when they are in close physical contact, and are sometimes calmed simply by being picked up and held. They may also be overstimulated in a busy environment or bored in a quiet one.
Could she be tired or unwell? Check the clock to see how long your little one has been awake or if they’ve fed recently. Perhaps they’ve got a gassy tummy or a trapped burp?
Unfortunately, it might be Colic Colic, says UBC paediatrics professor Ron Barr, is not a different kind of crying—it’s just the extreme end of normal. While some babies wail for about 30 minutes in the evening, a colicky baby will go on for two hours or more, not because they have bad parents or even because there’s something wrong—just because.
A version of this article appeared in our April 2015 issue with the headline, “Your top 10 most googled parenting questions,” p.67