When your pēpi cries

Understanding why babies cry and how to soothe them.

Learning goals

  • Recognise what babies are trying to communicate to us.
  • Be able to respond positively.

Discuss the reasons babies cry

Watch the Takai video Early days – When your baby cries.

  • In this video, parents talk about trying to figure out what their young babies were communicating.

Discuss as a group:

  • What did these parents learn about their babies?
  • Why do babies cry?
  • What are they trying to tell us?
  • What can parents do?
  • How do we learn to understand babies?
  • What have you experienced?
  • What do your baby’s cries sound like?
  • What do their cries mean?
  • Do you have any other ideas?