By now, you will be getting more familiar with your baby’s different cries and whether they signify hunger, a dirty nappy, or a request to play or be cuddled. Many babies this age have a crying spell during some part of the day (for some reason, this often happens around tea time) - this is quite normal. You may need to rock or hold them, sing or put music on, or take your baby out for a walk or drive (or ask your partner to do it!). Sometimes, babies have growth spurts and are extra hungry for a day or two, which can also lead to some unsettled behaviour.
Unexplained, inconsolable periods of crying or screaming, which can happen at any time of the day or night, might be a sign of colic. Colic is a sort of stomach cramp that comes in waves; babies with colic may scream and pull their legs up to their bellies, and it's difficult to comfort them.
If you think your baby might have colic, keep a record of when your baby cries and for how long and discuss this with your doctor or health visitor. You can also contact a support organisation such as CRY-SIS (www.cry-sis.org.uk); their counsellors will be able to offer advice and support on coping with a crying baby.
Getting together with other parents
When you have a small baby, it’s really helpful to meet up with other new parents for a coffee and to compare notes. Your local baby clinic is a great place to meet other parents, or you might want to look for a parents' group through your church or gym. However you make these contacts, they can be a real lifesaver – it's always a relief to know that someone else has 'been there, done that'!