Parents often think that babies cry because they are hungry or in pain. There are many reasons for babies to cry, however. They might be worried, scared, hot, cold, lonely, bored, or even having bad memories or dreams. It may take some time to learn to differentiate the cries, but here are a few guidelines.
- First, speak gently and soothingly to the baby, reassuring him that you are present. (Often this is all that is required to soothe him).
- If this doesn’t work, try making eye contact or lightly laying a hand on him.
- If the above two don’t work, then check for physical discomfort: a wet diaper, wrinkled bedding, the need to be in a different position.
Using Montessori Methodology to Soothe A Crying Baby
This is just one of the issues covered in NAMC's Infant/Toddler Montessori curriculum manuals, which can be purchased individually or in full sets. These manuals are also part of our seven month Montessori Teacher Training diploma program.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 6, 2007.