Tears, tears, and more tears
Your 2-month-old won't stop crying.
You think: He's not tired, he's not wet, he's not hungry. Something must be terribly wrong.
What's actually going on: Most likely, your little one's simply feeling a bit distressed. After all, for a tiny baby, an annoyance as small as a scratchy tag on his clothing, lights that are too bright, or music that's overly loud can lead to nonstop wailing. Another possible cause of your baby's tears: overstimulation. If you're playing with your baby and he starts to look away, turns his head to the side, or breaks eye contact, chances are he needs a little downtime. Stop playing, and let him rest in your arms. "Infants are like runaway trains: Once they start crying, they can't put the brakes on their emotions," says Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., Parents advisor and coauthor of Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head Start. "That's why you need to let them recharge before they get too worked up."