Just because the air is a tad brisk outside doesn't mean your baby needs to be dressed for dogsledding in Siberia. Parents tend to overdress infants, who get cranky when they're hot and sweaty -- just like adults do.
The fix: Dress your baby in the same number of layers as you're wearing. If you're not sure whether she's too hot or too cold, put your hand on her tummy or back to gauge her body temperature. "A baby's feet or cheeks can often seem cool even when she's comfortable," says Charlotte Cowan, MD, a pediatrician in Boston..
The fix: Occasional arguments with your husband will happen (especially given the intense demands of caring for a new baby). But try to express your feelings calmly so that you create a consistent, soothing environment. Save the heated discussions for after your child goes to bed.
"I'm totally stressed out!"
The fix: Every child has a different breaking point, so pay close attention to how your baby handles commotion. Keep visits to busy stores short, eat at restaurants in the off-hours (when they're quieter), and introduce new toys -- even noise-free ones -- in small doses. Also schedule some quiet time after an outing so your revved-up child can settle down.
"My tummy hurts!"
The fix: First try burping your baby more often. You can also reduce gas by massaging his tummy gently or pedaling his legs. If you're nursing, try using one breast for the entire feed instead of switching. The milk that comes out first is higher in lactose than the "hind milk" that follows. For bottle-fed babies, switch to a low-flow nipple so your child swallows less air when he drinks. If that doesn't help, take a poopy diaper to your pediatrician and ask whether you should try a hypoallergenic or soy-based formula. Don't panic if your baby spits up on occasion, but speak to your doctor if the symptoms become chronic or your child seems in distress. You may need to position him upright after meals, thicken his milk with rice cereal, or, if he has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), give him acid-reducing medication.
"Ouch, I'm being pinched!"
The fix: Undress your baby, and inspect her toes and fingers. If you find a hair, try unwrapping it, cutting it with little scissors, or using a small amount of a hair-removing product such as Nair. "If you have a boy, keep in mind that a hair can even get wrapped around the penis," says Dr. Schumann. Also check zippers and adjust any too-tight straps.
"I'm feeling lonely over here."
The fix: It's fine to leave your baby in an activity center so you can change a load of laundry. But if you notice this momentary separation is triggering a meltdown, stop what you're doing and show him a little love. "Sometimes just seeing you or being cuddled will stop the tears," says Dr. Cowan. A gentle massage or some light pats on the back will also help reassure him that when you go away, you'll always come back. If you've tried every trick in the book-- the swing, music, his favorite stuffed animal -- it may be easier to simply take your baby with you to the laundry room. Comfort yourself with this thought: He'll outgrow his separation anxiety by around 15 months.