The Period of Purple Crying is a new way for parents to think about this normal stage of development in their infant’s life, where crying for no clear reason happens often. This period begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues into the infant’s 3rd to 4th month of life. During this phase in the infant’s life, they can cry for hours and still be completely healthy and normal.
P: Peak of crying
Baby may cry more each week. Usually the crying peaks at 2 months, and then slowly decreases.
Crying can come and go and you don’t know why, it just happens.
R: Resists soothing
Baby may not stop crying no matter how you try to help him/her.
P: Pain-like face
It may appear that the infant is in pain, even when they are not.
L: Long lasting
Babies during this time can cry for 5 hours a day or sometimes even more.
Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening. Again, this can be a normal phase.