Top 5 Tips for Soothing a Crying Baby

While welcoming a child into your life is an exciting moment, there are some difficulties involved as well, the most pressing of which is dealing with the screams of a distressed baby. Do not panic if you have found yourself pacing the floor at strange hours in an attempt to understand what your tears are trying to say. Here are the top 5 expert-approved methods for soothing a fussy infant. Here are several tried-and-true methods as well as creative approaches to help turn those emotional moments into soothing lullabies. Though there may not be a parenting handbook, think of this as your go-to resource for calming your child with style and ease.

a cute newborn baby yawning

 

Why do babies cry?

Every newborn cry and occasionally becomes fussy. For the first six weeks of life, it is typical for a newborn to cry for two to three hours per day. They cry more throughout the first three months of life than they do at any other time.

New parents sometimes struggle to get enough sleep as they adjust to raising a child. They will pick up on checking to see whether their screaming infant is:

Hungry

Every few hours, or eight to twelve times in 24 hours, newborns breastfeed or drink from a bottle. Your baby is probably ready to eat again if she is crying. Before the tears start, watch for signals of hunger such as lip-smacking, putting hands to the mouth, and wanting to feed the infant.

Restless

Newborns sleep for 14–17 hours a day, in bursts of two–4 hours, from day one to month three. If you believe your cutie is ready for a nap, put her to bed.

Needs burped

Taking in a lot of liquids might cause your baby to become irritable and uncomfortable by trapping air in her stomach. The solution: Burp your infant to release gas after each meal by giving them softback pats.

Overwhelmed

With your infant in tow, withdraw from the crowd and make some peaceful snuggle time. Putting her in a light blanket to make her feel secure and comfortable is another way to calm her down, as does sucking on a pacifier.

Bored

Yes, newborns become weary of staring at the same thing over and over again. Put her in a front carrier, rock, or glide, stand by the window, take a trip outside, or simply move around the house to kill boredom.

Dirty or damp diaper

Nobody desires to sit with soggy or poopy pants on! Wet diapers can produce up to six or more per day, so be sure to routinely check her small bum.

Cold or hot

When clothing your baby, layers are great, but too few or too many might make her feel uncomfortable and cry. Examine this outfit to see whether you need to add or remove a layer.

Sick

Consult your baby’s pediatrician since crying may be a sign that they’re not feeling well. Take her rectal temperature if you think she may be feverish.

Colic

If you believe your kid is crying too much, speak with her physician. Prolonged crying may be a sign of colic.

Often, soothing a newborn only requires attending to their requirements. However, the tears do not always stop.

What Is Colic?

Babies vary greatly in how much they cry. An infant may develop colic if they cry for three hours or more, three days a week, for at least three weeks. It typically begins when the infant is between two and five weeks old and finishes between three and four months.

Many babies suffer from colic. Although it is difficult to see your child scream all the time, colic is not brought on by anything a parent does or does not do. The good news is that colic passes with newborns.

What to do when your baby’s crying is making you feel irritated

Nobody can cry all the time, particularly if they are nursing their child in the middle of the night and getting too little sleep. It is normal to feel frustrated when your baby cries, so lighten the load by giving the baby to your partner, mother, friend, or nanny and then go have some alone time. 

And never, ever shake your kid, no matter how angry you are. Even short bursts of vigorous shaking, such as shaking out of rage, can cause abusive head trauma (AHT), sometimes referred to as shaken baby syndrome (SBS). Children of all ages are susceptible to serious brain damage or even death from violent shaking, but newborns and early toddlers are especially vulnerable.

If you ever feel like you are about to lose it, put your child to sleep in her crib (where she’s safe and secure) and take a peaceful nap in a different room until you feel better. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) lists breathing exercises, counting to ten, asking a friend for emotional support, and relaxing music as other helpful techniques.

If you feel overwhelmed and believe you should speak with a professional about your concerns, give a call as soon as possible to a crisis hotline, mental health group, or healthcare practitioner.

When to call a doctor if your infant is crying

It is okay to call your baby’s physician if you’ve tried every solution in the book and you still can’t figure out what’s causing all the tears. Hearing from an expert that you are doing everything correctly and should just persevere for a little while longer might be helpful at times.

Baby in a blue blanket

5 S’s to Soothe Your Baby

You realize that your kid is crying because that is the only way they can communicate to you that they need something, even though you are exhausted and frustrated.

But why are they fussing even after you have played with them, fed them, burped them, checked their diaper, and made sure they are not in pain? Do not give up. This does not have to be the case. Calming your infant may be simple when you follow the 5 S’s.

toddler lying on pink fleece pad

Swaddle

To swaddle your baby is to wrap them up so they are as tight as a bug. Babies who are swaddled sleep longer and more soundly than those who are not. How come? Your kid is probably thinking of the good old days in your womb when they are cozy and comfortable.

Additionally, swaddling lessens the chance that infants may wake up wriggling their little arms in a startled or startled manner due to their Moro reflex.

Here is the summarized trick:

  • Place your infant on a soft cloth that has been rolled into a diamond.
  • Tuck the cloth beneath their arm by folding one of its sides over.
  • Raise the lower part and tuck it in.
  • Tuck the end of the second side into the cloth that is encircling your baby’s back after folding it over.
  • The best course of action is to give them a hug and kiss.

Tips for a perfect swaddle

  • To allow for a wriggling area, place two fingers between the swaddling cloth and your baby’s chest.
  • Be cautious of tight wrapping around the legs and hips since this may lead to problems with hip development.
  • Do not overdress your infant by putting too many warm garments below the swaddle.
  • Once your baby can roll onto their stomach, stop swaddling them.

 toddler lying on pink fleece pad

Side-stomach position

Babies who sleep on their stomachs tend to sleep longer and become less responsive to sounds. There is, however, a significant issue: sleeping with a baby on their side or stomach puts them at risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Holding kids in a supine position triggers a relaxing process that calms their unsettled system (and yours).

Go ahead and hold your baby on their side or stomach, place them over your shoulder, or place them across your forearm, supporting their head with your palm.

But keep in mind that you should put your baby to sleep on their back when they have settled down.

Advice for achieving the ideal side-stomach position:

  • For some quality time spent together, place your naked infant on your chest so that their skin touches yours. This interaction calms even extremely preterm infants (30 weeks at birth).
  • Although your baby should be able to roll over on their back by the time they are six months old, it is still advisable to be cautious, follow the guidelines, and continue to put your baby to sleep on their back until they are a year old.

Mother putting pacifier on her baby's mouth

Shush

You understand the meaning of shush, but does your child? Of course! Contrary to popular belief, your unborn child was exposed to a variety of muted noises while inside of you, such as:

  • your blood circulation flowing
  • the regular in and out motion of your respiration
  • the growling sound coming from your stomach
  • the continuous sounds outside

You may approximate the mixed noises your infant is accustomed to by making a loud shhh sound. However, there is more to it than that.

Controlled breathing sounds can change a baby’s heartbeat and enhance their sleep habits. This is due to our innate tendency to synchronize with an outside rhythm. Moms call this a miracle that saves their sanity, while science refers to it as “entrainment.”

Suggestions for the ideal shushing motion:

  • Do not lower the volume; a prolonged, loud suckling will likely calm your infant the fastest. Consider how a baby may be calmed by the sound of a vacuum cleaner. Unbelievably, you say.
  • Put your lips near your infant’s ear to allow sound to penetrate immediately.
  • Shushing at the same volume as your baby’s cry should be in sync. Reduce your shushing as soon as they start to calm down.

Mother holding crying baby

Swing

Who has not rocked a fussy baby in the hopes that they will eventually fall asleep a million times back and forth in their carriage?

You are right; a cranky infant may be easily soothed with movement. When a mother carries a sobbing baby about, the baby quickly stops wailing and making any voluntary movements. Furthermore, their heart rate dropped. A happy infant results from adding some coordinated swinging.

Swing technique:

  • First, support your infant’s head and neck.
  • Give it a little bounce and sway back and forth by approximately an inch.

You may create a bonding experience for yourself and your kid by keeping them happy and facing you during these moments. It also helps them learn how to focus and communicate.

Tips for the perfect swing:

  • If your baby is already quiet and only needs to be put to sleep, rock them softly; if they are shouting, rock them faster.
  • Make little movements.
  • Put your infant on a swing after they are peaceful so you can rest your arms. (Just make sure you never leave them in a swing alone.)
  • Never, ever give your child a shake. Brain damage and even death might result from shaking.

Babywearing onesie

Suck

One of your baby’s rudimentary reactions is sucking. Your kid has been sucking since it was a 14-week-old embryo when it first began to practice in your womb.

It is verified that sucking helps people relax. You have concrete data to support you when you urge your baby to suck for comfort: babies love to suck and find it calming, even in the absence of food. We refer to it as non-nutritive sucking.

Although your baby could nurse from your breast, you could want to use a pacifier to give them a little more independence. It is typically advised against using a pacifier until after your baby is 3 or 4 weeks old when you and your child have established a pleasant nursing pattern.  

Tips on how to give your child the ideal suck:

  • Never withhold a pacifier out of fear that you will not be able to part with it. Until about six months, habits are not developed.
  • Concerned about negative habits? It is more difficult to quit thumb-sucking.
  • If you do not have a pacifier, you can give your clean pinky to your infant so they can suckle. Maintain an upturned finger pad on their mouth’s roof. The sucking power of someone so little will astound you.

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Conclusion

It is not fun to have a baby cry. Talk to your physician if you are worried that your baby’s crying is not just due to typical crankiness. Crying all the time erodes the family’s foundation. You will be able to customize these five stages by trying them out and seeing what works best for your kid. Play around!