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Crying is sometimes distressing but it’s one of the few ways for babies to communicate their needs.

Even when babies are getting the best possible care, they can cry for a long time.

Some infants can cry up to five hours a day, with the most crying peaking at six weeks and usually lessening by the fourth or fifth month of age. After five months, crying is more intentional and related to events taking place around them. 

Parents may also take comfort in the fact that by reliably and consistently responding to their babies’ cries, they are building a strong child-parent bond.