For babies, however, it's a bit more complicated since they have little capacity for expressing their emotions other than whining/screaming, and another person (you, the parent) has to figure out what their motivating need is. The other night, after the screaming baby woke us very late, I reflected on what might make a good list of possible problems babies are having and how to remember said list. That's when I came up with the perfect acronym, which stands for Sick, Hungry, Tired, and/or Dirty (diaper, that is): SH*TeD.
So next time your baby is whining, ask yourself, "Is my baby SH*TeD?" Testing each answer will likely resolve the crying, and remembering the list should make you smile, hopefully reducing your stress just a bit. Good luck and report any results!