How to soothe a crying baby

How to soothe a crying baby

All babies cry. When your baby is wailing, you may feel as if you're doing something wrong or that there has to be something you can do to stop the crying. Unfortunately, that's usually not the case. With their immature nervous systems, babies don't know any other way to wind down. High-strung babies in exciting, intense households tend to cry more, but all infants go through periods of fussiness.

Rock the baby
Colicky, fussy babies like to be rocked, patted, danced or walked. So go ahead and try any (or all!) of these techniques when your baby is crying. Don't despair if nothing works right away; it's not your fault!

Keep it together
Your baby’s constant crying might make you very upset. No matter how upset you're feeling, do not shake your baby! If you start getting frustrated or angry, or feel as if you're losing control, put your baby down and take a quick break. Shaking an infant can cause bleeding in the brain, leading to permanent damage and even death. This is called "Shaken Baby Syndrome" and is a very serious condition. So when you start to lose your cool, get someone else to deal with the baby – it’ll do you both a lot of good.  


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Short sleep

amyckim81 1/21/2016
My 6 wk still waking every 2 hrs to burse. Hoping he'll go longer as I go back to work in 2 wks

Rocking and singing

MrsVilla 1/15/2016
My baby has cried the past two nights before going to sleep. I rocked and sang to him until he fell asleep.

Soothing a crying baby

Although all is great advice, I've had to resort to a 30min drive around the city 3:40 in the morning one Saturday. My little man and I were very sleep deprived. After the drive,we both came home and got our sleep on.

Rocking and whispering

Abby 11/30/2015
I normally rock and whisper in his ear and that normally calms my son down enough for me to figure out what exactly he is crying for.

Getting them to sleep

Court 11/29/2015
I use my sons swing and he goes to sleep in about 5 minutes.