Crying is the way your baby communicates his need to be fed, held, changed and attended to. Your baby does not cry to get back at you, to get his way or to make you angry. You cannot spoil your baby younger than six months old and attending to your baby when he cries will not teach him to cry more.
Your infant may go through a developmental phase when crying increases and she may be difficult to soothe. Respond to your baby's needs-check to see if she has a soiled diaper, needs to be fed, has a fever, or is uncomfortable and try to comfort her. If that doesn't work, try soothing methods such as singing, rocking, bathing, playing music or swaddling.
When comforting and soothing methods don't work, it is very important to have a plan to cope with your own frustration from your baby's inconsolable crying. It's OK to put your baby down in a safe place and walk away for a few minutes. It is also important to some time for your self that will relieve your stress, such as listening to music, exercising, meditating, watching television, showering or calling a friend.
Inform anyone else that cares for your infant that crying may not mean there is something wrong with him. Share tips with other caregivers on ways to soothe your baby and ways to relieve the frustration that may be triggered when he cries.