All Babies Cry
Crying is the only way babies can tell you if they're hungry, chilly, sleepy, wet, bored, bothered, or gassy. So although it's upsetting to hear (especially when you're sleep-deprived), crying doesn't always mean big trouble.
If you tally it up, a newborn spend several hours a day bawling; one estimate is two hours a day at 2 weeks, peaking at three hours a day by 6 weeks. "If you can identify the reason for the cry, that's the first step," says Elizabeth Pantley, coauthor of Gentle Baby Care (McGraw-Hill). "If you can't -- and there will be plenty of times you won't be able to -- try some standards that are reassuring no matter what the problem." These smart soothers should help restore the peace.