If your baby is moaning a lot, they are trying to tell you something. Don’t just accept that all babies moan and cry from time to time. If you fail to look into why your baby moans so much, you could be neglecting something very important about your baby’s health. Your baby is trying to communicate with you about something. Listen to them and take the appropriate actions. If you do indeed find yourself asking, “Why is my baby moaning a lot?” below are nine possible reasons as to why.
1. Learning How to Poop
One of the reasons your baby could be moaning so much is that they are trying to poop. It is not uncommon at all for a baby to moan when they are pooping or learning to poop, and you should check to see if this is the case. Do not be surprised if this is the reason as to why your baby moans so much. It is very normal for your baby to make odd noises when they poop or when they try to poop.
2. Dealing with Gas
Another very common issue you could be faced with is a gassy baby. When babies have gas, they will make all kinds of noises to alert you of their gas and the pressure it is putting on their sensitive bodies. You should know that noises on their end might indeed be attempts to handle gas. You must also remember that your baby is super sensitive to even the most minimal changes. An occurrence of gas to them is like a very odd introduction to their day, and you must realize that your ability to handle gas comes with years of experience. In all seriousness, though, gas is often overlooked. You should consider that.
3. Attempting to Talk
You already know that your baby is trying to tell you something when they moan. But they could also be trying to emulate words and phrases. Children as young as six months old will try to start saying words like “Mama” and “Daddy.” Your baby’s moans might just be them trying to show off their development and understanding of communication.
4. Too Hot or Too Cold
There are several ways to determine if your baby is too hot or too cold. Again, remember that your baby is super sensitive to even the slightest changes to their environment. You should always be prepared to quickly handle clothing and environment changes needed to make sure your baby has a stable temperature for their setting.
Your baby can begin teething as early as two months old, but in most instances, you will notice this happens closer to the six-month mark. Grunting and moaning are very common indicators of a baby developing teeth, and you should consider that. If you have identified that teething is, in fact, the issue, but the moans have not ceased, there are several strategies to make teething more bearable for you and your baby.
6. Not Enough Sleep
Tired and restless babies will let you know that they are exhausted. It is just up to you to recognize what they are trying to tell you. You must remember that babies require much more sleep than you, and that includes naps. 14 to 17 hours of sleep are needed each day for your newborn and infant babies. You can lower that to 10 to 12 hours when they reach four months old. However, three to five hours of nap time will still be needed for your little one. Tired babies will moan to express their discontent, and you must make sure that plenty of rest is a priority for your baby.
When you dream, you experience rapid eye movement (REM). The same can be said for your baby. Did you know that babies experience rapid eye movement and intense dreaming during at least half of their time sleeping? And while your baby obviously cannot recall their dreams to you, you should know that a lot of that moaning coming from their bedroom is due to their dream state.
8. Not Feeling Well
Your baby might be moaning because they do not feel well. If your baby is sick with a cold or some other condition, they will try to let you know. When your baby is moaning more than usual, you must take extra caution. Check their temperature and check for changes to their bowel movements. Be on the lookout for potential illnesses. Check with your pediatrician to make sure you are completely covered.
9. Underlying Issues
While you hope that your baby’s moans are not indicative of more serious issues, you must err on the side of caution and be certain that your baby’s moaning is not due to an issue that you cannot pinpoint. All kinds of conditions can cause your baby to moan or make awkward noises. Again, this is a time when you must be certain and check with your baby’s medical provider.
He or she will be able to help you know for certain why your baby won’t stop moaning. It is better to be certain than to just chalk it up to normal baby behavior. Don’t feel nervous or anxious about reaching out to your pediatrician. In the first year of your baby’s life, you can expect to be in contact with your baby’s medical provider several times. They expect you to reach out, and that includes reaching out about odd or prolonged moaning.
There can be several reasons why your baby is moaning a lot. While some of the reasons are not that serious, in some instances, your baby’s moaning can be a sign of something more serious. If your baby does not stop moaning or if your baby starts moaning unexpectedly, it is wise to always check in with your pediatrician. While there are all kinds of reasons that can cause your baby to moan, the nine reasons above are good starting points for you to figure it all out.