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How to Calm a Crying Baby

Updated on February 25, 2010

 There are probably no babies who would not cry. During first time parents not always understand exactly reasons of baby crying and do not know how to calm a crying baby.

Here are some ways of baby calming. You can use either one of them, or two at the same time to calm down a crying baby. When you use this, look closely at your baby’s reaction and try to understand what he wants to tell you at this moment. Through trials and errors, combining different methods, soon you will find an optimal way to calm down a baby.

How to calm a crying baby
How to calm a crying baby

Tips to calm down a crying baby:

  • Hungry: Always check your baby isn't hungry and doesn't need a nappy change, both can cause your baby to cry. This is the most common reason that babies cry. Especially for little babies who need to feed more often. When she cries, she’s letting you know that it is time to fill it. If she has been fed but she still is crying, there may be another problem.
  • Swaddling: Swaddling entails tightly wrapping the baby in a blanket. The baby may struggle against it, but the swaddling helps to calm a crying baby.
  • Side or stomach position: Side or stomach position means holding a baby so that he or she is lying on the side or stomach. When the baby is sleeping, he should be placed on his back.
  • Shushing: Shushing means providing some type of loud, white noise to soothe the baby.
  • Swinging: Swinging entails creating a rhythmic and energetic jiggle motion for the baby.
  • Bath: Try to give your baby a bath. Many babies loves bathing and baby massage and it will often calm them.
  • Sucking: Sucking entails having the baby suck on anything from the mom's nipple to a finger or a pacifier. It works best to calm a crying baby.
  • Music: Turn on light music. Do not turn on hard rock, as such music will only cause bigger anxiety in a baby.

how to calm your crying baby
how to calm your crying baby
  • Rocking: Rocking can really help to soothe agitated babies as it helps to mimic the constant feeling of motion they experienced in the womb and provides them with a sense of comfort and familiarity. Try rocking your baby in your arms, in their crib or even in a specially designed chair to see which works best.
  • Walking: Taking your baby out for a walk in the fresh air will do you both good; the motion will help to relax your baby and the exercise will do wanders to help calm and distress you too.
  • Singing: Lullabies have been passed down from generation to generation for a reason, your baby will love to hear you sing to them and this can really does have a calming effect.
  • Darken your baby's room at nap times to make sleeping easier.
  • Lay your baby across your lap and gently massage his back.
  • Distraction can often work wanders to calm a crying infant so a colourful mobile, interesting toy or simply a look out the window can help.
  • In desperate times a quick ride around the block in your car can help to calm your baby, however you should try not to become too reliant on this one.
  • Being too hot or too cold can be incredibly uncomfortable for your little one so check the room temperature.



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      jessica 5 years ago

      I think hungry bath walk sing and sleep

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      Suganya 5 years ago

      This is very useful tips for my baby .my baby name is sanjay.he is 7 month baby

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      Rachel Mokwena 5 years ago

      The stomach posion works for me and swinging singing even shushing this are very useful tips thanx.

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      marlyatou 6 years ago

      thank u so much for the tips u u just gave usa.

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      Aslam 6 years ago

      very usefull tips

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      Rob 7 years ago

      That loud shhhhhh sound is so incredible that I had to reproduce it on a recording because I was getting light headed from doing it so much for my daughter.

      It lasts for 48 minutes and it works every time!

      I actually gave it to some friends as well to try with their babies and they loved it too.

      I hope it works for you, good luck.


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      midddy 7 years ago

      good ideals thanks

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      Eurosquid 7 years ago

      Music (Enya and Elvis) or a walk outside were the best ways to calm our crying baby...but the good news is that the tears go away after 4-6 months.

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      Raylene  8 years ago

      thank you for telling me this! now i can easily calm my four-month old baby easily when he is crying! opps, got to go, my husband is calling because my baby is crying and my husband thinks he needed a breastfeeding!