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soothing a crying baby
Savvy Parenting

How to Soothe a Crying Baby 

When your infant won’t stop crying, it’s difficult. You may be concerned that something is wrong with your child, that you will lose your cool, that your parenting abilities are poor, or that you will never connect with your child. Fortunately, there are a few ways to handle the situation. 

Babies cry for a variety of reasons, and crying is the primary means by which they communicate. It’s how they grab your attention and communicate their requirements. In this article, we will tell you how to sooth a fussy baby so please continue reading this article. 

Once you’ve ruled out the obvious causes of your baby’s crying (empty stomach, wet diaper, too much nap), and your pediatrician says she’s not sick, try these tried-and-true ways to help clear the tears and make you both feel good. 

1. Swaddle the baby. 

This soft welcoming blanket wrap keeps your new bundle warm and safe. Swaddling soothes babies, according to experts, because it generates a comfortable, womb-like experience. Swaddling babies helps them settle down faster and sleep longer, according to several parents. 

2. Sucking should be encouraged. 

Nonnutritive sucking, which does not fill their tummies but does calm their nerves, is a common way for infants to relax. Help your baby reach her thumb, fist, or finger if she is sobbing, or simply offer one of your fingers.  

3. Consider using a front carrier or sling 

Walking around with your infant in your arms is a terrific method to calm her down. Your baby will like the experience of being near to you and will love the rhythm of your footsteps. A carrier is also useful because it allows you to multitask while keeping your hands free. For the first three months, keep your baby facing you in a front-pack carrier or a sling. She’ll need the extra head support. You can also use a sling, which is great for on-the-go breastfeeding and can be converted to a side or back hold as your child grows. 

4. Rock, glide, or sway  

Hold your baby in a rocking chair or glider, or put her in a vibrating bouncy seat or a motorized baby swing. Follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines for these devices, including the age and weight restrictions. 

5. Switch on the white noise machine. 

Some babies relax when they hear rhythmic whooshing sounds that remind them of their mother’s womb. Vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, and fans are all good options. You can also try shushing your infant with “Shhhhhh…shhhhhh” sounds or invest in a white-noise machine. 

A final thought 

A call to your baby’s pediatrician is completely OK if you’ve tried every trick in the book and still can’t figure out what’s causing all the tears. It can be comforting to hear from a professional that you’re doing everything properly and just need to hang in there a little longer. 

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