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(Guardian)   "Why is my baby crying? I used to Google for hours, then discovered the real answer." I've been Googling for hours instead of looking after my baby   (theguardian.com) divider line
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327 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 28 Nov 2022 at 1:50 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-28 9:41:04 AM  
Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.
 
2022-11-28 11:36:29 AM  
Your best option for fast results is to ask Dr. Facebook. Pretty sure the answer is don't believe any medical people but your friends will will help out quick.
 
2022-11-28 12:10:30 PM  
Check inputs

Check outputs.

Check temperature

Try Chest Pats

Try Nap.

Just be there. Crying is all the exercise they get at first.

Colic sucks.
- Gas drops help.
- Colic calm helps
- One of ours had acid reflux and needed a script

It gets better.

And harder.

Soft Bossa Nova helps.

Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
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2022-11-28 1:41:51 PM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


I was a breech birth with my legs crossed. Followed by two years of being colicky and crying incessantly. How my father didn't drown me in a bathtub to shut me up is beyond me. Yet my parents weren't  deterred and had another one. My little brother is a fine example of parents not learning from experience.
 
2022-11-28 2:03:09 PM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


Same here. Not rolling those dice again after we got a quiet, omnivorous 12-hour sleeper on the first and only try.

He's 21 months old now so I tell him he only one season left to be cute before it's time to be terrible.
 
2022-11-28 2:11:00 PM  
Here is the answer to nearly every version of "why is my baby ____?"

Because they are a baby.  they have a barley functioning immune system, they have no idea how to process anything that is happening or what they want or how to communicate that to you. they have no control over their bodies and haven't figured out sleep is the cure for tired and farting is the cure for gas.  on top of that, as far as they know every noun in the entire world is going to eat them.  it's not a good state situation for anyone.

infancy sucks for the parent and the kid.

granted the mini-scarfs are all pretty great but for me i'd rather need to shepherd the kids through adolescence 20 more times than deal with infancy once.
 
2022-11-28 2:21:24 PM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


my sister had three. all angels
 
2022-11-28 2:21:50 PM  
did i? are you insane? i cant even look after myself
 
2022-11-28 2:30:09 PM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


if anyone tells you 2 isn't that much more work than one stop talking to that person immediately.  they are either a weapons-grade moron or trying to sell you something, probably both.
 
2022-11-28 2:46:15 PM  
"...ancient wisdom states the reason is almost always 'probably wind'"

That makes sense. That's usually what it is with me.
 
2022-11-28 3:19:40 PM  

yahyahyah: "...ancient wisdom states the reason is almost always 'probably wind'"

That makes sense. That's usually what it is with me.


We are all dust in the wind.
 
2022-11-28 4:55:48 PM  
Why my daughter was an infant, we just went down a pretty basic checklist to determine why she was fussing:

1) Check the diaper
2) Offer a bottle
3) help her pass gas (i.e. burp her and/or help her flex her legs for gas going out the other end).
4) Snuggles & rocking

It took a couple weeks, but we did manage to figure out a loose correlation between the intensity/timbre of the fussing with which action on our part would stop the fussing.  By the time she was 6-months old, she was actively communicating with us via hand gestures to let us know she was hungry or needed a fresh diaper.
 
2022-11-28 6:19:46 PM  

WelldeadLink: yahyahyah: "...ancient wisdom states the reason is almost always 'probably wind'"

That makes sense. That's usually what it is with me.

We are all dust in the wind.


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2022-11-29 4:49:47 AM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


We had the rough one first. I don't know what his problem was, but he was an angry baby. Even at three he still wakes up in the morning and goes straight to a meltdown half of the time. The second one has been a lot easier and gives big smiles for just about anyone who engages him.
Both of them have this groan they did excessively for the first year. Sounds like the monster in young Frankenstein. Very mind numbing.
 
2022-11-29 3:02:46 PM  
Babies cry because they can't talk. Anything that is discomfort comes out as crying, because they know crying and laughing, that's it.

We tried baby sign language with my daughter, and it's the best thing we ever did. You start attending the classes when the baby is about 9 months old... The kid isn't really getting anything at that point, but you are. Within a month or two, she would cry, we'd go in and say "What's wrong", she'd give the sign for "milk", "juice", "Apple", whatever, we'd acknowledge, and it was alike a switch was thrown, crying stopped. She had communicated her needs. It's one of the absolute best recommendations for parents I can make.
 
2022-11-29 3:13:05 PM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: Man I'm so grateful my son wasn't colicky or anything like that when he was born.  He slept a bunch every day and was relatively easy to care for for new parents (he's only 5 so I know we're still in the cute stage and not out of the woods yet).  That's why were scared to have more.  I feel like we got lulled into a false sense of 'this is easier than people say!' and then the next kid we have would probably literally be satan.  I don't want to roll those dice.


Jesus, you need to relax. Hell, the second kid IS easier than the first. You realize how much stuff you worried about needlessly, and are able to actually relax somewhat.

It's OK, kids are nowhere near as bad as Fark insists that they are. :-) I have one of my own, raised my stepsons from when they were like 1 and 3, and helped raise family members' and friends' kids. Hell, raising a puppy is harder. Kids take a good 6 months before they crawl, and another 6 months or so before they walk. You have them in a diaper until they're potty trained. With a puppy, you have chewing, peeing, getting into things, all at once.
 
2022-11-29 3:14:28 PM  
And for a colicky kid, THIS stuff was a miracle.

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2022-11-29 11:13:12 PM  

Mikey1969: Babies cry because they can't talk. Anything that is discomfort comes out as crying, because they know crying and laughing, that's it.

We tried baby sign language with my daughter, and it's the best thing we ever did. You start attending the classes when the baby is about 9 months old... The kid isn't really getting anything at that point, but you are. Within a month or two, she would cry, we'd go in and say "What's wrong", she'd give the sign for "milk", "juice", "Apple", whatever, we'd acknowledge, and it was alike a switch was thrown, crying stopped. She had communicated her needs. It's one of the absolute best recommendations for parents I can make.


I wish we had learned sign language. Not the baby stuff, the real thing - so we could still talk to each other over the din.
 
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