Does your baby start weeping late afternoon and early evening for no apparent reason? Does the baby’s intense cry make you reach for your earplugs? Are you looking for some respite from the daily wailing sessions? Well, if the answer to these questions is yes, then you must read our post.
As soon as you announce your pregnancy, people come tripping over to share the joys of parenthood. But no one warns you that every evening, your baby will use a smidgeon of his energy to cry loudly, very loudly indeed. This daily session of wailing is called the baby Witching Hour. But why does it happen? How are mothers supposed to survive it without worrying something is wrong? Fret not! Read on and get the solution to your mommy woes.
What Is Witching Hour?
Witching hour is the late afternoon or early evening time, when newborns start wailing all of a sudden. The wailing can last for 30 minutes to an hour while some kids can cry nonstop for hours. Nothing seems to calm your baby duri
What Causes Of Baby Witching Hour?
The bouts of evening torture are not just hard to bear. They do significant damage to your baby’s sleep pattern as well. A howling baby does not settle down for a nap, and a baby that has spent 4-5 hours crying is unlikely to sleep through the night. But, why do babies wail? Let’s look at some reasons that may be causing your little one’s early evening crankiness.
If your baby cries endlessly for hours, there are chances he may be suffering from colic. One in five babies suffer from colic, so there is a strong possibility that colic could be why your baby tends to cry for extended periods in the evening. Babies suffering from colic make intense calls, and may clench their fists, arch their backs or turn red in the face while crying. Unfortunately, there are no causes of colic. If you feel your baby has colic, seek immediate medical aid.
Fatigue is a major reason for your baby’s nighttime fussiness. Bad sleeping patterns usually trigger fatigue. If your baby misses sleep often, the accumulated fatigue can make him cranky, which may lead to the witching hour-wails. Eventually, he may get to a point where exhaustion makes him cry continuously.
For most homes, daytime activities are more stimulating for your baby. In the evening, light, noise, and other disturbances can make your little one feel overstimulated, and cause him to fuss.
4. Tummy Trouble:
Sometimes, gastrointestinal and stomach problems like flatulence, constipation or gas may cause excessive wailing in your little one.
Babies tend to ‘cluster feed’ in the evening. Cluster feeding means that babies feed far more frequently in the evening than they do during the entire rest of the day. Sometimes, babies feed once in every hour. Babies do this to sleep for longer stretches at night. Babies who cluster feed have their longest stretch of sleep once they finish with their cluster feeds.
6. Lack Of Attention:
Late afternoon or early evening is a busy time for everyone. The older kids come home from school; Mr. Hubby comes home from work, and you have to get the food ready and on the table. All these chores make it difficult to pay attention to your baby. The lack of attention could be one of the reasons of your tot’s evening fussiness. After all, kids feel lonely too.
Witching Hour Baby Tips:
You may end feeling stressed, panicked and helpless during the witching hour. It can be quite painful to listen to your newborn wail continuously. If you find your momma confidence shaking, don’t worry. These tips have you covered; follow them and make witching hour a tad better for you and your little one.
1. Be Prepared:
You have to accept the fact that witching hour will be a part of you and your baby’s life, at least for a few weeks. It is common for newborn babies to become fussy and inconsolable after 5 pm. So keep yourself prepared. Assume that your baby will cry until 2 am and plan your evening around it so that you can devise some coping tactics. If you spend most of your time hoping that there will be no witching hour, then it will become even harder to handle it when it finally arrives. Accept it and remember that it will not last forever. It will be a part of your life for a very short time.