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" LETTERS FROM MOTHER '" t '
' XXIX. What Baby Cries Really Mean.
My Dear Daughter: I can only understand your great worry
over your baby "by remembering tjiat the grip leaves one's nerves in
a "frazzle." ' n '
You can easily learn the different things that she wants by,
listening to her different cries. ' She is only a few weeks old, myj
dear, and crying is her only means of expression.
Sometimes a nervous child will cry from a' sense of loneliness
or fright upon awakening from sleep. Often the low crooning of a
song or a softly spoken sentence of love will, relieve fears" Until
an infant is six. weeks old, however,, it does.hot hear very well, and.
untilthen the caress of your hand will' quiet your baby. . -
It is not necessary that you shpuld take her up as soon as she
awakens. Indeed, it is much better not to do so unless necessity;
requires, but you should let her know in" some way that you ate near.
.Some mothers, from a mistaken fear of getting baby into, bad
habits, pay no attention to the awakening cry,; thinking to harden
him. But by this they fasten on a child a worse habit than the one
they would prevent a habit of being afraid "to wake up, since waking
brings the sense of loneliness, intensified "by the" mother's mistaken
neglect, and the baby grows to be afraid to go to sleep, and always
Fear, this sense ofloneliness, is one cause of baby's crying. A3
second reason is hungerand a third pain. For eaph, the cry is differ
ent, and the loving mother soons learns to interpret each, and the
wise mother responds to it at once.- ",
Babies do not cry for the fun of it ; when they cry there- is some"
cause;, when thiscause is removed they stop, i
The cry of loneliness is a little sad whimper, the cry of hunger
is loud and long, and he cry of pain is apttd be a short, quick,
spasmodic call for help. There is another cry which baby will -soon
learn, a cry of temper to this one should pay no attention.
Above all else, when your little daughter cries dontijpunce her
up and downas-if she were a jumping-jack. Calmness and sooth
ing speech will do much for her if- you find that she is physically;
comfortable. Do not let your nervousness react upon your child,
my dear, it is bad-for you and worse for your baby, as she will early
learn to be fretful and "fidgety.'' You cannot "begin too early. to
-teach poise to your child. I wish, my dear, I had known that when
I first became your - v MOTHER.
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