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Healthy babies can 
CRY A LOT
in their
FIRST FIVE MONTHS
of LIFE

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to understand this crying.  It explains what is normal and what you can expect when your baby cries. 

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The Letters in PURPLE stand for. . . 

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Early increased crying is normal

It may seem like your baby cries more than other babies, But remember:

  • At about two weeks of age, babies may start to cry more each week

  • During the second month, babies usually cry more than at any other time

  • After two months, babies begin to cry less each week

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Important action steps when the crying is frustrating. . .

1. Carry, comfort, walk and talk with your baby

When your baby is crying, try all you can to comfort him.  You will be able to stop the crying sometimes, but not always. 

2. If it is too frustrating, it is OK TO WALK AWAY

Put your baby in a safe place and take a few minutes to calm yourself, then go back and check on the baby.

3. NEVER SHAKE or hurt a baby

Newborn's Care

Other resources. . .

To learn more about the Period of PURPLE crying click here. 

Check out this article on ways to calm a crying baby.