my baby is 13 weeks old. he's pretty manageable in the day time. he takes pretty short naps in the day (typically ranging from 15 mins to 30 mins). of late, he gets really cranky and cries and fusses a lot during the night (aftr 8pm). any reason why?

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Sounds a lot like a case of the "witching hour". Don't worry it's not scary or anything supernatural. After turning 6 weeks, between 6 and 10pm, some babies who are usually pretty chill and calm in the day, suddenly become super-cranky and cry non stop. This time period is called the witching hour. Some attribute to tiredness at the end of the day, some say it's due to baby's hypersensitivity. In the day, when not many people are at home, it's quieter and then suddenly when the sun goes down and people come home, things become hectic around the house and baby is affected by this change. There are many other reasons as well. It will not last forever though, the whole witching hour phenomenon will gradually go away as baby gets older and get more used to things. Here's an interesting article you can read about this intriguing subject:

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