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Calming Your

CRYING BABY

While there’s no single, surefire way of calming a crying infant, there are countless methods that parents have tried, many with success.

These include:

  • Keep Moving

Rock your baby back and forth or take a walk or a ride in the car. Rhythmic motion can be relaxing for you and your baby.

  • Try Swaddling

After being in close quarters for nine months, baby still likes to feel snug and secure, so try swaddling her snugly.

  • Shush Baby to Sleep

By making a continuous "shushing" sound, you are imitating the sounds of the womb which baby finds comforting. You just may be able to "shush" her to sleep

  • Provide Distractions

A continuous noise or vibration, such as a humming vacuum or hair dryer, may distract and soothe your baby.

  • Place Your Baby in a Carrier

Infants like to be close to their parent’s body. Carriers allow parents freedom of movement without making them feel like they are neglecting a distressed child.

  • Give Your Baby a Massage

Stroke your baby’s back or chest lightly to soothe and comfort.

  • Try a Pacifier

Babies have strong sucking needs unrelated to their need for food; some simply find it comforting to have something in their

mouth, whether it be a finger, a pacifier, or their own thumb.

 
  • Sing a Song

The sound of your voice as you glide around the room to a familiar tune can be very calming.

  • Try a Mirror

Unbreakable reflective surfaces, such as those that appear on many baby toys, often capture and hold a fussy infant's attention.

  • Give Your Baby a Warm Bath

A warm bath can soothe and relax your baby just before bed.

 
  • Give Your Baby a Few Minutes Alone

Once you've fed, burped, and changed your baby, it's okay to put her in her crib for a few minutes. Reassure her, then leave the room again for a few minutes longer before returning. Eventually, she will learn how to calm herself to sleep.