A few Ways To Soothe A Crying Baby

 A few Ways To Soothe A Crying Baby

A few Ways To Soothe A Crying Baby

The most frustrating and helpless situation for new parents is when their infants don’t stop crying. So being a new parent it is a tough job to see your baby cry. To stop babies from crying you need to understand why babies cry. 

The reasons why babies cry are - hungry, wet, tired, afraid -- but knowing how to soothe a crying baby may not be an easy task for every parent to handle. Babies are too small and helpless in a world that can be overwhelming and sometimes scary to a little person.

Crying is just one way the baby can communicate how she feels. Perhaps it's time for a change or feeding, or maybe the baby just wants your attention. If you know few simple ways to soothe a crying baby that will make you feel more comfortable and less stressed about your baby's cry.

Change the Diaper and Cuddle

When a baby feels wet from her diaper, she squirms and cries from the discomfort. Immediately change her diaper, pick her up, cuddle her and gently rock the baby to calm her down. The baby will feel refreshed from the diaper change. And she will soon calm down as you hold her close and she listens to your breathing and heartbeat.

The Baby is Hungry

Babies cry when they are hungry. It doesn't take a long time for their small digestive systems to digest milk and baby food, and their fast-growing bodies quickly burn calories. So when an hour or so has passed since the baby's last feeding, it may be time for the next one.

The food satisfies the baby's hunger, and nursing or bottle-feeding prevents her from crying. So feeding your baby is a way to soothe her hunger cries.

A crying baby might just need to burp. Hold the baby against your chest with its  head above your shoulder. Rub and pat its back gently. Gas or air is very painful for a baby, but once it is released from the baby’s tummy, baby usually calms down immediately. Another position that may help the baby to release gas is to lay him across your lap and rub his back.

A Cranky Baby Fighting Sleep

Babies are curious, sometimes too curious that they'll fight fatigue just to stay awake and not miss something catchy. But the longer the baby stays awake, the more tired she becomes, and then she cries. The best way to soothe the baby when she's very cranky is to gradually move her away from what stimulates her, change her, feed her and take her to a room with softened lights. Talk to her in a soft tone as you rock her to sleep. Have a toy or two on hand to distract her if she's still active. But once the baby calms down, cover her with a comfortable, soft blanket, and do not put her down until she's fast asleep.

Some other ways to stop a baby from crying -

  • You can try distracting a crying baby by blowing raspberries, making silly sounds, dancing around, or making funny faces.

  • Sometimes babies just want to be held. If the baby is in a bed, bouncy seat, or swing, pick him/her up and hold him/ her.

  • If the baby was lying on the floor or in a stationary device, try moving him to a swing. Use the swing at different speeds and observe see if he has a preference.

  • Lots of babies don’t like to stay in one place they are being held. Try walking around with her and pat her pack. You can bounce the baby gently also. Occasionally, you can combine all of these by holding the baby upright, walking around, very gently bouncing her, and patting her back.

  • You can try talking with the baby, humming or singing to her as well.

  • Some babies want to be held but do not want to be cradled or have their face in your shoulder. Many babies want to be held facing outward from your body so that they can watch outside. Try holding the baby with his back against your chest or stomach, one arm around his torso and the other supporting his bottom through his legs. Babies are curious and want to see everything! A crying baby may just be bored. (Warning - this is NOT an appropriate position to hold very young infants that still need their head supported.)

  • Does baby use a pacifier? Some babies just have a fussy time of day, when not much makes them happy and the baby won't stop crying even after you have tried all of the suggestions above. If the baby uses a pacifier, this may be all it takes to quiet her down.

  • Many babies just go through what is called a "strange period" where they cry and scream if anyone other than the immediate family or a very familiar person tries to hold them or talk to them.

  • Some babies like to play with kids. If the baby has older siblings, you may want your older kids  to talk to the baby or to play nearby so the baby can hear and/or see them.

  • Your baby can cry because of boredom also.  If you have a "sound machine" or "white noise machine" try rocking him or holding him in the room with the machine turned on and the lights dimmed. If he does not have a sound machine, a fan, vacuum, washing machine or dryer, or dishwasher will work just as well.

  • If the baby is a newborn, you could try swaddling her to see if that helps. Many babies like the secure feeling of being wrapped up warm and snug as they were in a compact space in the womb. Experts say it reminds them of being in the womb.

  • Your baby can cry if he/she is teething. It is painful for the baby.  In this case, you can try some teething rings and other paraphernalia for teething babies.

  • Sometimes when a baby won't stop crying it is simply because he is uncomfortable. Touch the back of the baby's neck to see if he is too hot or too cold. Then add or remove a layer of clothes accordingly.

  • Try removing all of baby's clothes to see if perhaps her diaper is too tight or clothes may be digging into her or irritating her skin.

  • If you are experienced with bathing babies, give him a warm soothing bath.

  • A ride in the car or a ride in the stroller is calming to many babies. It may take a few minutes for a crying baby to quiet down and she may start to cry again whenever the car or stroller stops, but most babies settle down after a little while.

  • The baby can be ill too. So, if the baby is not stopping at all then check the baby's temperature to see if it is above normal.  Consult a pediatrician if you feel the baby is not well.

Parents naturally communicate with their babies and learn what their babies need. When a baby cries, mom and dad look for the problem, fix it, and then work to soothe the baby back to a calm state. This attention helps the baby handle her emotions and feelings, and as she grows, she will learn how to express herself in new ways.

We have given a few ways to soothe your little ones. Please drop us a mail letting us know if any of these worked for you or what you think about our article. 


C2S Team.