PURPLE crying

The letters in PURPLE all stand for something different.

P – Peak of crying.  Your baby may cry more each week, the most in month two, then less in months three to five.

U – Unexpected.  Crying can come and go and you don’t know why.

R – Resists soothing.  Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.

P – Pain-like face.  A crying baby may look like they’re in pain, even when they are not.

L – Long lasting.  Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.

E – Evening.  Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.


It’s important to remember that babies can still be healthy and normal even if they cry five hours a day.  It may be frustrating, but the period of PURPLE crying will come to an end.  There are things you can try to help comfort your baby when they’re crying.

  • Check to see if he is hungry, tired or needs changing
  • Walk and sing with your baby
  • Give your baby a warm bath
  • Take your baby for a walk or ride in the car
  • Hold your baby close to you with skin-to-skin contact

If it’s too frustrating, it’s OK to WALK AWAY.  Put your baby in a safe place and take a few minutes to calm yourself, then go back and check on the baby.  NEVER shake or hurt a baby.  Remember, you can always check with your doctor to see if there is something wrong that is causing the crying.

Remember these words, FEED, ROCK, TAKE A BREAK, DON’T SHAKE.  For even more information, log on to www.dontshake.org.