They say that when you become a parent, you just "know" what your baby needs. But it's not always that easy. Whether you're wondering why your baby won't eat or trying to figure out what does your baby's whimpering mean, it can be hard to make the call. That last one especially. I mean, crying babies? You can go through your arsenal of magic tricks to figure that out — feed them, change them, hold them. But whimpering? It can be scary and worrisome, but it can also be baffling and frustrating. Your little one has a clean diaper and is recently fed, but they're still giving a whimper every few minutes and you're officially worried something's wrong.
OK. Don't panic. (That's the first thing you should know about babies.) Whimpering is totally normal and it could mean a couple of things for your baby. Parenting noted that it's really important to remember that babies cry — a lot. It's pretty much their only method of communicating in those early weeks, so try not to freak out every time they open their mouth to wail. And if your baby is whimpering, it could be one of these three reasons. Trust me, the world won't end, and soon you'll be able to figure out what your baby needs without a deciphering code. (Until they're tweens, then it's a total toss-up again.)