I second the recommendations of the other contributors. It's important to rule out medical, neurological, or other developmental issues. There might be underlying sensory or other issues. The Period of Purple Crying is an excellent resource as is the All Babies Cry website. I'm curious about Mom's comment that her son is spoiled, and I wonder if she has had difficulty reading his cues. It sounds like she might not have known how to soothe her little guy and used feeding as a way to calm him. What do you know about Mom's pregnancy and/or the birth history and/or how things went in the early weeks at home? That information could provide clues about how the crying and the parent response began. Maybe the baby and his parents developed some patterns of relating that aren't serving them well. There might be folks in your area who are trained specifically in early relationship challenges who could support the family if the crying doesn't begin to diminish soon. There might not be a "quick fix".Here are links to some other resources that might be helpful for the baby's parents and/or the staff:
CECMHC | Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (provides a way for parents to look at how their temperament and their baby's are the same/different and offers suggestions that support "goodness of fit")
Early Development & Well-Being (This is a link to the Zero to Three website, which has excellent resources/information about development during the first three years, including information related to social-emotional development, temperament, self-regulation, etc)NJ-AIMH | New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (Folks in the field of infant and early childhood mental health come from a wide range of disciplines and can offer resources and support to parents and to staff around early relationships and social-emotional development)Have the baby's parents tried infant massage? It might not make the crying go away completely, but it could offer them a different way to relate and connect with him. If they're interested, here's a link to possible instructors in NJ: Infant Massage USA - Find an Infant Massage Class
You're right, his cries are trying to tell you something. Do you do primary caregiving? If he can attach to one staff person, that may help him through this time in his development.
As for spoiling – have you read the latest research which supports the importance of responding to a baby's cries and holding them? I know the burden this will present to staff, but it's consistent with the care he's getting at home. I think he's too young to discern what happens at home vs what happens at child care.
At 6 months, he may be ready for baby food/cereal especially if he's a big baby and the doctor has OK'd bananas. Is he sitting up yet? Try the high chair and spoon feeding. One feeding a day of rice cereal/fruit may satisfy him if that's what the cries are for.
Hopefully, with added TLC and calm, quality interactions, he'll learn to trust his environment.
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