Babies cry, it’s the natural way they have of communicating. For a new mother, the baby crying is probably one of the most stressful things to cope with, as it can make you feel that you just do not know what to do.
You can talk to your midwife and health visitor, who will have experience of new babies so will have advice to give you, and will be able to reassure you. There will however still be those uncomfortable moments when you are on your own and feel panicked by your baby crying.
One thing to remember is that, just like your new baby, you are learning all the time. You are learning to recognise the sounds of your baby’s cries, and will gradually, without realising it, come to know when it is a hungry cry, an uncomfortable cry, or most importantly, an unwell cry. So that as time goes on, you will know what your baby needs, whether it’s a feed, changing, or checking in case they are ill. You will learn from your baby what they like, how they like to be held, what comforts them best, whether they like to be talked to or just held quietly.
At the start, it feels so hard to know what to do, but allow yourself time for you and your baby to get to know each other.