End-of-the-Day Fussiness

By now, you may be able to determine whether your baby’s cries mean hunger, fatigue or discomfort. You may know what works to soothe each cry, and when your baby is likely to cry no matter what you do.

Inconsolable crying usually occurs in the early evening, peaking around 6 weeks and decreasing gradually by 12 weeks. Evening fussiness is believed to be your baby’s way of shutting down after a full day of stimulation.

If nothing you do seems to comfort your baby, try not to worry. Just hold her gently or put her down for brief periods until she works her way through the fussy period and into a deep and restful sleep.

Don’t worry that you may be “spoiling” your baby by holding and rocking her through a fussy evening. Holding her may comfort you as well. And if you need a break, it does no harm to put him down for a little while. 

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