When you or I want something, we ask for it. When we are cold, we put on a jacket, and when we need to go to the bathroom, we excuse ourselves. Babies are new to this world and have to slowly learn all of these behaviors over the years. The way a baby expresses his needs is through crying. Babies cry when they are hungry, wet, cold, hot, tired, bored, lonely or mad. As you and your baby spend time together, you will learn what each type of cry means for your baby. When your baby cries, think about the situation and why he might be crying. If you just fed him 30 minute ago, he is probably not hungry; maybe his diaper is dirty. Check each possible reason one at a time until you find the cause. Sometimes babies just want to be held, and this is good for both you and your baby. You will not spoil your baby by holding him too much – there is no such thing. If your baby continues to cry, or if you find yourself getting frustrated, lay your baby down and step away for a few minutes to give you and your baby a break. If your baby is acting unusually fussy and not calming down, however, it may be a sign of illness, and you should call your pediatrician for advice.