Babies cry for many reasons, their act of crying can be a way of communicating their needs and discomfort. It is important to understand that every baby is unique in their own way. However, there are multiple factors that can show why babies cry when you sit and stop when you stand. Some of them are given below:
- Babies’ tommy problems:
Sometimes, babies can have constipation (having infrequent bowel movements) which makes them uncomfortable while laying down. This may lead to abdominal discomfort which makes them cry.
Using some solid foods or transitioning from breast milk may trigger constipation.
Babies find security and comfort when they are being held or carried by someone. They can feel assured when you sit down while carrying them. When you hold them while standing, this change in position calms them down by providing a sense of security.
Sometimes, babies want attention (interaction) from their loved ones or caregivers. When you engage with them by holding them while standing, they may feel less inclined to cry and more stimulated. On the other hand, when you sit down, they may feel less stimulated which could make them cry for attention or interaction.
Some babies may be accustomed to the gentle motion which they experience in their mother’s womb as she moves about. When you stand up and hold them they feel the same way which can help them to stop crying because of soothing.
- Discomfort (physically):
Babies cry to show their discomfort whether it is because of their wet diapers, gas, hunger, and other certain physical discomfort. These discomforts can be alleviated by changing positions.
Some babies may have a startle reflex that makes them cry when they experience a change in their position like when you place them on a flat surface or sit down while holding them. When you pick them up while standing, this can help babies to feel secure by reducing their reflexes.
Changes in the environment or environmental factors like noise, temperature, and light may change the behavior and mood of the babies. That is why when you stand up and move around, you change their environment which soothes them and they stop crying.
- Teething in infants:
It can be painful for babies. When you hold them while sitting and laying down, it may increase the pressure on their gums which can make them cry. You can provide them relief by holding them upright.
Colic is a condition in which a baby faces excessive and inconsolable crying. Some infants may have colic. You can provide them temporary comfort from colic by movement and by changing your position.
- Sleep patterns in babies:
Babies have different sleep patterns as they experience lighter sleep stages and wake up more frequently than adults. Changes in a baby’s sleep position can wake them and make them cry.
Understand that holding a baby while standing can be a temporary solution to provide relief in response to some issues but it is not a practical solution, especially when parents want to rest and have some other important responsibilities. If you feel your baby is crying more frequently you should go to a children’s healthcare professional. They will examine your baby and provide you with the most effective calming techniques for your infant.
What is the meaning of crying for my baby when I sit down with them?
It can vary from child to child. But the common reasons are discomfort, gas, colic, acid reflux, constipation, etc. When you sit down with them, their body position changes causing them more discomfort.
Is it mean my baby is in pain when they cry while sitting down with me?
No, It is not necessary that they are in pain. Sometimes babies prefer being held by someone to find comfort even if they are not in pain.
How can I provide comfort to my baby to stop them from crying?
You can hold them upright because some babies find comfort in this which helps them to stop crying. This will provide a temporary solution for providing them comfort.
When should I go to the doctor to seek advice for my baby’s crying?
If your baby is continuously crying and you notice some illness signs like fever, vomiting, and constipation it is crucial to go to the doctor. They will examine your baby’s health and provide you with appropriate guidance.
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