Babies cry to communicate their needs… hunger, a soiled diaper, sleepiness, over-stimulation, illness, etc.
Here are some suggestions to calm your crying baby:
- Try nursing or giving your baby a bottle.
- Try changing your baby’s diaper.
- Rock and quietly sing to your baby.
- Turn down lights and noise.
- Swaddle your baby.
- Snuggle with your baby.
- Lay your baby flat on her back and bicycle her legs.
- Pat your baby’s back while she is over your shoulder to expel gas.
- Pat your baby’s back while carefully holding your baby with her tummy in your palm, with her legs straddling your elbow.
- Give your baby a warm bath.
- Try a change of scenery. Walk into another room or outside with your baby.
- Try a swing or bouncy seat with rhythmic motion.
- Stay calm.
- Ask for help from a trustworthy person.
- If you suspect your baby may be sick, call your pediatrician’s office to talk with the nurse or doctor.
- If you feel you are beginning to lose control, put your baby down in a safe place and call a friend or PAL at 1-866-962-3030 to talk out your frustration.