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What Can I Do To Calm My Crying Baby?

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.
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