When Will the Daily Crying Stop?

Infant crying follows a predictable pattern during the first year of life. The amount a baby cries peaks at 2 months of age and lasts, on average, 45 minutes to 2 hours a day.

By the time a baby is 3–4 months old, the time he spends crying tends to decrease. At 9 months, it increases slightly again. And, as every new parent knows and research confirms, bouts of crying tend to concentrate in the late afternoon or evening.

These crying patterns appear to be shared by infants in all cultures, confirming that infants cry for adaptive reasons rather than due to differences in care or culture.

See also ...

•  Soothing a Crying Baby  

•  Dealing with End-of-Day Fussiness 

•  Understanding PURPLE Crying

•  Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome

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