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Why Do Babies Cry Anyway?

For babies, crying is a form of communication with the adults around them. "Persistent crying in an infant can be stressful, especially for new parents," says Dr. Sharon Fried Buchalter, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of Children Are People Too: Unlocking the 8 Secrets to Family Happiness (Brundage Publishing, 2006). "It is important that parents remember that crying is a way for a baby to express his needs and feelings – it's their only method of communication until they learn to talk. Usually crying is an expression of a baby's need, such as the need to have a diaper changed, to be fed or to sleep. Crying can also indicate that a baby is over-stimulated or distressed by their environment."

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