As you get to know your baby, you may begin to notice that different crying behaviors are associated with different needs (hunger, pain, sleepiness). That will make it easier to understand what your baby is trying to tell you. You also may begin to notice cues your baby gives you that can help you understand what she needs before she starts to cry. For example, when a young baby is hungry, she may begin to suck on her hands, stick her tongue out, or turn her head from side to side. If you see any of these cues, you can soothe your baby before any crying begins.
You will soon learn what works best to soothe your baby in most situations. In general, the best response to a baby’s cry is to hold him and have him feel your touch and hear your voice as you talk or sing to him. This shows that he can trust you, that you are listening to him and trying to meet his needs. Remember, you cannot spoil a baby. Holding your baby and responding to his cries will make him feel safe and loved and help to build the confidence he needs to explore his world as he grows older.