You can’t escape the fact. So, it’s better if you accept it. Babies cry and that’s how they communicate their needs to their mother. Hunger, pain, fear, need for sleep, and much more! Crying is the first and foremost tool used by all babies to attract attention and get their needs fulfilled. That’s how the first few months of the life of a baby are spent, leaving the parents to figure out the mystery of the cry — what is it for, what does the baby want, and what will stop it from crying? The reasons can be plenty and trying to interpret the exact reason at that particular time can be a tricky and daunting task for all parents. For every type of crying, there are numerous strategies to soothe the baby, but not every strategy is successful at all times, as you simply cannot comprehend your baby’s mood at that time. It is due to their immature neurological system that all infants face periods of fussiness during first few months after birth, with some of them being extra sensitive to noises, smells, and certain sensations that can easily upset them. But fortunately, you have different techniques that can be implemented to calm down your fussy and weeping baby. Browse them in the lines below.
How to Soothe a Crying Baby
Check Baby’s Diaper
One of the most common reasons for baby’s tears is a wet or soiled diaper. Check your baby’s diaper if you spot it crying endlessly and getting irritated and aggravated. Even if you have recently changed the diaper, it is never a bad idea to check it again. Probably, it has got it dirty just after you have put on a clean diaper. Change the diaper, if required. Always check the diaper first before you resort to other calming methods.
Check the Temperature
Your baby is possibly down with fever. To detect the same, check the back of your baby’s neck to see whether it is hot or not. Remove all layers of clothing from the neck to get the right feel. Still, if you are unsure about the temperature whether it’s normal or not, check the temperature with a baby thermometer. Any temperature above 100.4 °F or 38 °C is an indication of fever. Consult your pediatrician on immediate basis.
Feed Your Baby
Often, babies cry when they are hungry and desire to fill in their tummy. Try breastfeeding or offering formula milk to your baby to soothe it. It is a common misconception amongst mothers that they end up over-feeding their babies. Experts say that breast milk is quickly absorbed and hence, babies, who are breastfed, feel hungry often and ask for more food.
If you notice your baby crying after feeding, it may be having a gas bubble. Carry it on your arms and gently pat its back, bending its knees towards its chest or rubbing its back while it is lying on your laps, to help release the gas. To prevent such problem in future always pat your baby’s back gently to help the breast milk flow down to the stomach and contribute to easier digestion. This will keep your baby away from digestion problems.
Distract Your Baby
Surprisingly, this method works wonders. Try making faces or blowing raspberries (making the Bronx cheer) to your baby and watch it get distracted from its crying. This will get the little one divert its mind from the unhappy thing/ situation and indulge in your conversation. Give your little one a new toy, get it attracted towards your family pet, or hold it at the mirror so that it can gaze at itself for sometime. Your baby is most likely to forget about its cranky mood and pass on a smile.
Sometimes, it’s just love that a baby is looking out for, absence of which can make your baby conscious and results in loud weeping. Pick up your baby and snuggle it for few moments. Give the tiny tot lots of hugs and kisses, hold it close and tight, and tell your baby how much you love it. Probably your love will soothe your baby and stop its tears.
Try Singing or Humming
Your baby’s cries can be calmed by soft and gentle songs sung by a familiar voice, like yours. Even if you are not a professional, it is never a bad idea to give it a try, at least for your baby. Another worth trying option is humming to your baby. Giving a soothing vibratory sensation can be a great technique for stopping your baby’s tears.
Rocking or Bouncing
Depending upon your baby’s cues, you can make it sit on a rocking chair or a baby swing to help it calm down. This motion can be stimulating for some little ones, while others may start liking it gradually. For some babies, a gentle bounce can also help. Hold your baby in an upright position, against your chest, and bend down slightly on your knees. This movement will let your baby feel the gentle motion it experienced, while being in your womb.
Try Baby Bath
Warmth and water are known for providing calming benefits. Add some drops of lavender oil in the bath to help your baby relax. This bath is useful for calming down and easing the tension of the mother as well. Thus, both the mother and baby can hop in the bathtub and enjoy this stimulating bath together.
By figuring out your baby’s exact mood at a particular time, you can successfully apply any of the above listed techniques for soothing your crying baby.