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Why is my baby screeching
My screeching 5-month-old

Why does my baby screech out loud and very loud? She is 5 months old and never stops screeching, it is very annoying. Even the dog has resorted to going outside to avoid the noise.

She’s not hungry, wet, cold etc.

Please help.

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Loud Baby Making Noise – Why And What To Do

Some babies are quiet and seem to fuss very little. Other babies seem active from the first day of life and demand a lot of attention. Neither extreme means that there is anything wrong with the child.

Crying and screeching is the baby’s first form of communication. Your daughter has learned she has a voice and can express herself through making screeching noises. My son does the same thing, he will screech and scream and then start laughing. He does it so much sometimes that he will start to cough a lot.

You will soon start to hear her making different sounds and syllables that will eventually turn into words. Whenever she starts to make different sounds she will not screech as much.

If you find the sound unbearable, try playing games with your daughter, to stimulate other sounds. You can sing to her, say rhymes or just talk to her. You’ll find ideas on games to play with a 5 month old here.

Another thing – catch the screeching on video. Before you know, it will be gone, maybe to never come back. In a few years, you can show the video to your girl and laugh together about how she even scared the dog, training her voice.

Hope this helps,

More Babies That Scream And Screech

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Comments for “Why Is My Baby Screeching?”

Jun 30, 2012

My daughter too

by: Jo

My second daughter has screeched since she was about 3 months and still does and is now 6 months. Its the type of noise which goes right through you and gets to a point where it hurts. I’m hoping she grows out of it sooner rather than later as really awful to be around.

Jul 14, 2012

Screeching baby
by: Isabel

My 4 /12 month old girl started screeching a couple of weeks ago. She does it when she’s happy, excited, mad, tired or bored – in other words: all of the time. Ha! She seems to love the sound of it, but it is truly awful to be around. I too am hoping she gets over the enchantment with it soon. She does mix it up with other pleasant baby babbles, so I’m crossing my fingers.

Aug 09, 2012

Baby Screeching…
by: Kelly

My 3 1/2 month old has been screeching a lot lately, at first it was cute but it is really starting to be to much. Especially for my husband who has very sensitive ears..guess we are going to have to start wearing ear plugs! I really hope this isn’t going to last long, but I guess we will wait and see. Like most moms say I don’t want to discourage her from talking, and finding her voice, but it definitely gets to be to much..especially on top of her go go go personality! I am VERY thankful she sleeps through the night.

Oct 14, 2012

by: Karen

Glad to hear I’m not alone. My 5 mth old screams ALL the time, happy, excited, hungry, tired, alone, with me….literally ALL the time. I really hope he grows out of it soon or I really am going to hav to buy ear plugs – the noise goes right through me!

Oct 23, 2012

Be happy

by: Anonymous

My 5 month old has been screeching for about 1 1/2 months now and I love it. Actually so does my partner. It’s fun to hear him learning to make new sounds and try and vocalize what he is feeling. And the expectant look on his face when he reaches new levels of noise and pitch to see how we react and respond.

Nov 02, 2012


by: Beth

My 4 month old has been screeching for a few weeks now. I love it! It’s the cutest thing in the world! Sure, it’s loud and sometimes I can’t hear people talking – but she’s expressing herself! I encourage her to do it! =D

Nov 25, 2012

Not cute

by: Anonymous

Its not so fun when its constant! my 4.5mth old has started screeching and its NOT cute!! Once he gets going he wont stop until he starts crying uncontrollably…there’s no consoling him, its awful.

Nov 29, 2012

no problem – phew!

by: Anonymous

My 6 month old has been doing this for a few weeks now. I was beginning to think there was something wrong but after reading these comments I guess not!

I’m reassured to hear that other babies also do this no matter what!

Jan 10, 2013


by: Aussie Mum

My little girl is six months old and has been making a really high pitch squealing noises for about two months. It is the worst noise, my husband and I both have headaches by the end of the night and even our three year old complains about her noise!! How do we stop this???

Feb 03, 2013


by: Anonymous


My 5 month old baby just started screeching. If it is his way of communicating that fine…I just want to make sure something isn’t wrong with him…he has loved his tummy time and being on his tummy, but lately when I am sitting next to all of sudden he will be on his tummy playing with a toy and just start screeching and wailing…sometimes he looks frustrated as if he wants to move and can’t …I can pick him up and he’ll look at me and laugh so I just don’t know what do. Last night I picked him up and he continued to screech..is he ok is he in pain is there something wrong??

Mar 03, 2013

baby jacob

by: jessica

My Jacob is 15 weeks old now. he started screeching when he was 10 weeks old..me and my husband feel happy when he is making loud noise seems he looks happy and content he catches attention from people and got a lot of good compliments that our baby is a happy baby.

Mar 08, 2013

by: Sarah

My daughter is 7 months and 8 days old and will screech for hours on end. I dont get what is going on because she wont laugh, and i try everything to make her laugh and nothing works. does anyone have some tips that may help?

Mar 26, 2013

by: Sez

Aww it’s cute! My baby is 3 weeks and has been doing this since he was born! :o) I love it!

May 23, 2013


by: lucie

my baby boy is 5mths old and he screechs for hours when tired or hungry, but also when happy. To be honest I was thinking help is he normal, but after reading everybody’s comments I am reasured. I may start enjoying the noise instead of the dreading it. Hope it doesn’t last.

Jun 04, 2013


by: Emily

The 4 month old squealing is WAY DIFFERENT than the screeching we are talking about. It is so high pitched it is almost deafening. It is NOT 4 month old squeals.
My 6 month old uses it when she is throwing a temper tantrum. Like if she wants the remote control or anything she is not supposed to have on the table, or really if she wants anything. She has all but replace crying with it and it is HORRIBLE.

Oct 21, 2013

screech is most anoying

by: Anonymous

My 4 month old daughter is screeching. I can’t take it. Whenever she doesn’t get her way or is tired, hungry, grumpy wish I could put my earz to sleep till this sound goes, thought I happy her voice is proggresing so nyc and loud

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