Here is a short (and far from complete) list of possible answers.
Usually, a baby can be soothed by addressing one of the big 4:
Sometimes there is something else going on:
Looking at this list may make you want to laugh or cry (or laugh-cry simultaneously). But remember, an infant’s cry is a reflex, not an emotional statement. Make your baby as safe and comfortable as you are able to, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. We are here for you!
Nikki is a Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA), Certified Newborn Care Specialist, and Certified Lactation Counselor, with 1000’s of hours of experience working with new parents. She is also the co-founder of Metropolitan Doulas, where she provides best quality postpartum care and support in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland area.