14 Ways to Calm Your Crying Baby

It’s always good to have at least a couple no-cry hacks up your sleeve if your bubs is in need of soothing—here’s 14 tried-and-tested ones to keep you covered and dry the tears pronto.

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• Rub your baby’s forehead gently, focusing between her eyes. Keep the motion slow and light. The sensation is incredibly relaxing—you might even find your little one conks out.
• Gently rock while walking around a room, slowly. The movement mimics being inside the womb and being buoyed by the amniotic fluid.
• Lightly and rhythmically tap on your baby’s bottom and back. Some say this reminds little ones of hearing Mum’s heartbeat in-utero.
• Tone down the sensory input. If it’s loud or busy and your baby is crying, chances are she needs you to help her escape the chaos. Find a dark, quiet place to chill out together.
• Sometimes Dad’s sonorous baritone and extra body warmth can be supremely soothing to bubs. Hand over your baby to let him work his magic (or at least give you a five minute break!).
• Employ Occam’s Razor: sometimes the simplest solution is the solution. The primary reasons babies cry are hunger or tiredness. Feed, cuddle, and swaddle her close.
• As above, keeping your babe close is their prime comfort spot. Being put down on a cool, still, and firm surface can be extremely disconcerting, and will more often than not elicit the waterworks.
• Place a piece of your clothing close to your baby’s sleep space (but not inside it) your mama smell is infinitely comforting.
• Just as with grownups, sometimes babies just need to get out. Fresh air is great to relax the mind, and get your baby ready to drift off.
• Baby massage instructor Helen Redfern suggests a good ol’ foot rub: “Cradle your baby’s foot in one hand and rotate the thumb of your other hand in an anti-clockwise spiral in the centre of your baby’s sole. Try running your thumb from big toe to heel several times. This is reassuring, settling and great for overtiredness.”
• Check the room temperature. Babies cannot regulate their own body temperature, so they’re especially sensitive to too warm or too cool surrounds. A constant temperature of 18°C to 20C is most preferable.
• Distraction. Don’t dump out the entire toy tub, but pick out a rattle or tactile and bright plaything to try distract your bubs from tears.
• Skin-to-skin contact releases a surge of feel-good hormones oxytocin and prolactin to help soothe baby.
• Keep calm. Your little one is attuned to your emotional state, so try to work on your own stress level in the moment to help bring down your baby’s.

Via madeformums