Can you tell the difference when they cry?

Shannintipton - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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The weirdest thing happened. My husband put Tarah (4) in a time out in her room. She was crying hard. After a few minutes (not even) her pitch changed. It went from a 'I am mad' to an 'I am hurt' cry. And sure enough I go running in there and she had bumped her head. Before this if I were asked this question I don't think I would have responded yes. I feel proud now. ha ha



Do you think you can tell the difference?

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Cynthia - posted on 06/03/2011

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its so awesome that moms just know. my son cries bloody murder if he bumps anything. i know that he is ok because of the way he screams. when he broke his arm he wasn't loud at all but had tears. i was so scared because i am not used to him really being hurt. but i knew.

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Jaime - posted on 06/04/2011

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OH yes...with my 6 1/2 mth old now. He has a different cry for when he is hungry, tired or just wants to be held. When my son was little it was the same way he had his temper, hurt and tired cry. He still does the tired cry and he's 7 :)

Claire - posted on 06/04/2011

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Absolutely! There's all kinds of cries and all kinds of phony cries. Unfortunately, I can ID them, but hubby can't.

Karla - posted on 06/03/2011

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LOL. I can tell. Mine can even do a very convincing fake cry now too. My favorite is the "I'm so mad at you b/c you caught me red-handed" cry. Aww, I almost crack up every time.

Corinne - posted on 06/03/2011

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I've got 2 kids and can tell the difference between the cry and the kid. Hubby has no idea either, so I'm guesing it's an in-built mummy thing.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/03/2011

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Yes there is a difference. I could tell the difference when mine were babies. I knew if they were hungry, need to be changed, or was cranky and needed a nap.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/03/2011

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Absolutely. I can even tell in my sleep! My husband sometimes tells me, "The boy was crying, so I went up to him and tried to fix it, but there was nothing wrong, so I sang to him and came back to bed and he stopped crying." and I won't even have noticed and just slept through the whole thing!



But if he's got his foot stuck in the crib rail or had a nightmare and cries his hysterical cry, I'm up and out the door before I even wake up properly. It's very reassuring to know that we're capable of this. :)

Kate CP - posted on 06/03/2011

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Oh, yea. Every time. I can tell the difference between "I'm tired" "I'm hungry" "I'm angry" "I'm scared" "I'm in pain" and anything else. My 5 year old it's a lot easier to figure out 'cause she can talk. ;) But with my 4 month old I just have to go by his cry. But yea, I can tell the difference. :)

Cortney - posted on 06/03/2011

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There's definitely a difference in their cries, and it's not just SAHMs who can pick up on it. I WOH full time and I can always tell when my kids are hurt or just mad/whining/sleepy/etc. I think it's just a mom thing. :)

CJ - posted on 06/03/2011

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Yes, I can. My daughter does the "I am mad" cry quite often lately, and it sounds much different to me than her " i am hurt" cry...but I think I've almost always been able to tell the difference in her different cries...I don't know if it's because I've been home with her the whole time, or it's just an ingrained thing.

Amy - posted on 06/02/2011

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I know I can. My husband thinks I'm nuts. There are times he starts to run to kids and i say, no no, it's just a whine. Sure enough, crying stops and they figure it out. Other times he is ignoring them and I'm rushing in going "who's hurt!??" of course, he's there going....what, they were just fine. wonder if it's a mother thing or that we're just with them so much to know.

now.....telling which one is crying is more challenging. she sounds just like her little brother sometimes!!

Jenn - posted on 06/02/2011

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Most definitely! I know when to run in and check on them. Those who keep my girls dont know there is a dramatic theater cry that doesn't require running in so they run every time :)

Shannintipton - posted on 06/02/2011

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Wow Lissa,
I don't think I can remember that many cries. Maybe that would explain all the crying. ha ha Oh wait. There is the 'you hurt my feelings' cry too. That is when she will suck in a big breath and yell a whaaaa. Okay so I don't completely suck at this. Another yea for me.

Lissa - posted on 06/02/2011

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We have the bad tempered cry, the tired cry, the I'm angry cry (which is different from the bad tempered cry), the this is all too much and I'm overloaded cry, the that hurt but I'm a bit more annoyed than hurt cry, then there is the OMG I'm in pain cry, the I'm not well cry and probably 10 others that I'm not thinking of.

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