The sound of a crying baby can be heartbreaking. It’s difficult, as they are too young to communicate therefore a baby that doesn’t stop crying can be quite worrying especially for new parents. There are many reasons as to why a baby can be fussy. Here we have collected some of the most common reasons and some tips on how to soothe a crying baby.
Check the Diaper
The most common culprit causing babies to cry is a soiled diaper. Newborns will need their diapers changed quite often so this should always be the first thing to check before anything else.
Rule Out Medical Reasons
It’s good to make sure that there are no serious reasons for your baby’s crying. Check their temperature, and look for rashes.
Diaper rash is not serious but it’s very common among babies. Most likely your child will have it at one point while wearing diapers. Have some soothing cream ready at hand and keep the diaper clean. If you notice anything unusual, contact your doctor.
Time for A Meal
Check the time as they might be ready for their next meal. Babies also love closeness and cuddles so nursing can be an immediate solution to stop the tears, just make sure you don’t overfeed your child as this can easily lead to discomfort as well. Give them 2-3 hours between meals and remember to burp them after feeding.
Babies sleep and rest a lot during the day. Their senses are still developing and they can get overwhelmed quite easily. Loud noises or continuous sounds can be disturbing or scary for them and can easily lead to tears. Turn off all the sounds and give them some peace and quiet for a while they might calm down on their own.
Dim the Lights
Try to turn off the lights and draw the curtains. Sometimes harsh sunlight or a lamp can be too much for their sensitive senses and this might be the cause of their tears. Try to dim or turn off the lights in the room and create a more relaxed environment. Get some night lights for their room to create a more relaxed environment.
Check the Temperature
Make sure they are not too hot or too cold. New parents often make a mistake of overdressing their kids, especially during the cold seasons. Check their skin for obvious signs. If they are cold, cuddle them up in a soft blanket and keep them close to you or (if your baby likes them) opt for a warm bath. If they feel too hot, flushed, and sweaty remove some layers and swap their clothing if possible.
Swaddle the Baby
It’s important to learn how to swaddle your baby early on. It’s likely they will show you how to do it in the hospital and it can be an absolute game-changer especially when you have to soothe a crying baby. As mentioned above babies love being close to you and being wrapped up while gently moved can recreate the feel of the womb.
Wear your Baby
Slings are amazing for many reasons, they are versatile, allowing you to hold your baby while still having your hands free and as babies love being close to you it’s a great way to keep them calm while you are up and about. Often when your baby cries, they just long for your closeness. Wearing them on your body can be a great solution if you have something you need to do but you want to keep your baby calm.
Sometimes a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery can completely change the mood. Put them in a stroller and go for a walk around the block or in a local park. If your baby has been crying a lot it will do you some good as well to get out of the house for a little while.
Leave Them Alone
As mentioned above sometimes babies just get overwhelmed. If swaddling is not working they might just need some time left alone. Gently place your baby on a blanket preferable on their stomach and let them calm down on their own. Make sure you always keep an eye on your baby when they are resting on their stomach. They should always sleep on their backs when they are in their bed.
Play Gentle Sounds
Some babies like a quiet room, some like gentle music. Try soothing calm music, or even better rain generators or white noise if your baby is being fussy. They tend to work like a charm. Alternatively, you can also sing a song for them. Children don’t care if you are not blessed with amazing vocals. You can find some simple nursery rhymes or any songs that you like and gently sing it or hum it to them.
Babies often suck on things to soothe themselves. This can be their fingers or fists. If your baby is doing well with nursing it might be a good time to introduce pacifiers and let them suck on them from time to time but if they are not ready just offer them your finger or help them find theirs.
Make Them Laugh
One of the easiest ways to brighten the mood is to make them laugh. Sometimes babies are just simply bored. Make a fool out of yourself and often the tears will be swapped to baby giggles in no time. You can use some toys like puppets as well for maximum effect. Kisses, peek a boo and funny faces will usually do the trick.
Remember that babies use crying to signal their discomforts. Most of the time there is absolutely nothing to worry about and the solution can be quite simple but it may require some trial and error at times. When your baby is in tears try to keep your cool and don’t get worked up or panicky as kids can usually sense if you are stressed out so it can make the situation even worse. Keep in mind that this is only for a short period of time and soon they will be able to tell you exactly what they need!
How do you keep your fussy baby calm? Let us know down in the comments!