I'm sure, at some point, in the darkest hours of my daughter's colic phase, I probably wished for a gadget like the WhyCry baby cry analyzer. Crying babies aren't fun for anyone, least of all new mothers, who have the added pleasure of spontaneous lactation and that instinctive, deep pain that comes with not being able to comfort a distressed child.
With distance from the screams comes a different perspective, though. Now, I know that an analysis of my daughter's cries probably wouldn't have given me a magical answer for how to hush her. I would have tried the same remedies. I would have checked her diaper, picked her up, rocked and swayed, nursed for hours, taken drives, sung random lullabies and read baby books to her.
While I'm not generally someone who shies away from technology, this sort of products feels like it dulls parenting instincts or skills a bit. You can generally accomplish the same thing by learning to listen carefully to your baby. You'll know when it's nearly meal time. And you'll definitely know when it's time for a diaper change.
I'd love to hear from parents who have used the WhyCry device, though. It's now available at department stores like Target, plus it's all over the internet (you can compare prices on Pricegrabber.com here), so I know there must be some folks who see it as a must-have. Another company even released an iPhone app with a similar promise, so clearly baby-cry-translation is on some people's minds.
What do you think? Would you buy a device to tell you why your baby is crying?