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How to Get a Baby to Stop Crying

Updated on May 30, 2016
Playing with balloons when your little one is between 9 and 12 months helps to hold their attention.
Playing with balloons when your little one is between 9 and 12 months helps to hold their attention. | Source

If there’s anything more exhausting than trying to function on little to no sleep, it’s trying to keep calm while your baby is incessantly carrying on (i.e. crying). A mere 30 seconds of screaming can seem like 30 minutes. It’s enough to make you want to… well, scream. Not surprisingly, however, screaming “what do you want?!!!” only adds fuel to the fire (although to be honest, that didn’t stop me from doing it when I just couldn’t take it anymore).

So what does work? How can you get a baby to stop crying aside from doing the obvious like changing their diaper, feeding them, or burping them? Well, there is no magic trick that will work no matter what, but there is a cheap and cheerful “bag of tricks” you can reach into when your little one opens up the flood gates – here are some I’ve collected for mine.

One to three months

  • Holding them near the sink and running the faucet
  • Humming (like a bee) in their ear
  • Turning a ceiling fan on so they can see it spin
  • Holding them while bouncing lightly on an exercise ball (be sure you don’t fall off it)
  • Vacuuming
  • Taking them for a drive
  • Pressing your finger (make sure it’s clean) lightly against the roof of their mouth
  • Running a treadmill, if you have one (make sure they aren’t too close to it)

Bubbles from Gymboree
Bubbles from Gymboree | Source

Three to six months

  • Holding them in front of a mirror (babies seem to love looking at themselves)
  • Playing peek-a-boo
  • Blowing bubbles (do it toward a fan for added effect)
  • Blowing raspberries on their neck or tummy
  • Swirling a scarf around, or above, their face
  • Taking their clothes off and letting them wriggle around in just their diaper
  • Startling them (saying “boo” or blowing a quick puff of air in their face)
  • Taking them for a drive

Massage bug
Massage bug | Source

Six to nine months

  • Playing with a massage bug
  • Laying them on a bed and making the mattress bounce lightly
  • Laying them down and grabbing their feet saying “I got your tootsies!” (not sure why, but this usually gets my little guy to giggle)
  • Taking them for a drive
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Tickling their fingers with a soft-bristle baby brush

Nine to twelve months

  • Playing with balloons
  • Tickling their fingers with a soft-bristle baby brush
  • Tickling their armpits
  • Using a hand mirror to reflect light off the walls (move the mirror around so the light reflection bounces around)
  • Crinkling paper – just make sure they don’t grab and eat it

Playing “baby airplane” – holding them so they are laying flat across your arms (belly down) and moving around so they feel like they’re flying like an airplane

Don’t be surprised if a “trick” works one time and then not the next. That’s why you need a whole bag of them. When all else fails, take them to grandma and grandpa’s for a little visit.


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    • GiblinGirl profile image

      GiblinGirl 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Hope these tips help Larry!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a new father and am anxious to give these tips a try.

      Great hub!