When I think about babies, I picture a rolly polly little face with a gummy smile and intoxicating coos. Being a baby seems like a carefree state of bliss that any adult would like to achieve. (Which may be why I find myself doing the "happy baby" yoga pose so often.) But just like adults, babies experience a wide range of emotions beyond happiness. There are signs your baby is sad (besides crying, because that's obvious) that may be overlooked or misinterpreted by parents. However, recognizing these feelings in your child could be the first step in helping him deal with this emotion.
From the moment your baby bursts into the world, he begins communicating how he feels through cries and other nonverbal indicators. Over time you tune into your child and learn what's normal for him, which means you'll begin to pick up on things that are out of the ordinary. As Baby Center explained, "your baby will feel sad for the same reasons that you do – loneliness, discomfort, tiredness and hunger," and doesn't always mean there is a bigger problem lurking. However, these feelings should not be pushed aside since it is possible for babies to experience depression, according to the website for ABC News. Noticing these six signs your baby is sad is your first step in finding a solution.