I don't like the eating thing, babies always come first when it comes to eating. Somedays I wait hours before I can get my lunch in. But with the baby crying yes I normally would think you would pick the baby yup until I meet my Megan. There are some days where she prefers to be put down, especially when she's sleepy. She gets extremely cranky when I hold her and when I put her down she calms down and lulls herself to sleep. I know she's probably not the norm for a baby though.