How To Stop Baby Crying

Stressed mother with baby

If your baby cries a lot, don't despair. Crying is the primary way a baby has to communicate its needs. Therefore, your baby may spend a lot of time talking to you in the only way he or she knows how: with loud wails! Here are some ways to decode the crying so you can help your baby feel better fast.

  1. Change the baby's diaper. Some babies cry because they are wet or dirty, so this is a good place to start trying to soothe an unhappy baby.
  2. Babies often cry when they are hungry. If it's been a while since you fed your baby, offer a bottle or your breast and see if the baby wants to eat.
  3. If your baby is crying for a while before being fed, the crying may become more and more frantic because the baby could be swallowing air. This can make the baby more uncomfortable and can also cause spitting up. Therefore, try to respond to hunger cries as early as you can.
  4. Sometimes the comfort of breastfeeding can help a baby who is crying for no reason. The sucking motion can soothe a baby who is upset. Sucking on a pacifier can also have the same effect.
  5. For a baby that has become very worked up crying, rocking or dancing together before feeding may help to soothe the baby and make it easier for him or her to eat calmly and with more success.
  6. Babies sometimes cry because they need to be burped. Try rubbing or patting your baby's back during and after feedings, or lightly pressing your hand under the stomach to see if the pressure helps release the trapped air.
  7. Other times, breastfed babies may cry because something you ate is bothering them. Spicy food, or too much caffeine, can be common culprits. If you find your baby is fussier after consuming these things, avoid them for a week or two and see if the crying gets better.
  8. Crying could mean that your baby is tired. If your baby is rubbing at his or her eyes or screaming, try rocking, walking in the stroller or riding in the car. Motion can help an overtired baby fall asleep.
  9. If your baby has too much stimulation, this can also cause tears. Sometimes the sound of running water or the white noise of a fan or vacuum can help calm a baby who needs to relax.
  10. Try putting your crying baby in a vibrating chair or swing. The constant motion often helps soothe an upset baby. You can also hold a crying baby against a running dishwasher or washing machine and let the vibrations calm him or her.
  11. Realize that your baby may also cry if it is too hot or too cold in the room. Try adding, or removing, a layer of clothes and see if this makes a difference.
  12. As your baby's awareness of you grows, the baby may cry more when you walk out of the room or put him or her down. Responding by holding the baby or letting him or her hear your voice often stops the tears.
  13. If none of the other methods seem to work, try moving your baby. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that is needed. You can change the baby's position, move into a different room or even go outdoors for a walk if the weather is nice enough.


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