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Babies cry and some more than others and there are several reasons why! The hard part is since babies cannot speak to express themselves there is no way to tell exactly what they are crying about. This is why people often say babies don’t come with an instruction manual! Good thing is these days we have the internet and years of techniques and trials and errors to successfully identify and soothe an upset child.
Why Babies Cry
Hunger - Most common reason a baby cries
Try offering food or beverage first
Exhaustion - If baby’s sleep schedule is off they might show signs of being tired through crying
Try putting baby down to rest
Uncomfortable - Baby could be physically uncomfortable
Check to make sure baby isn’t too hot or cold and isn’t sitting or lying uncomfortably
Frustrated - Sometimes babies become frustrated if their needs aren’t being met
Check off some of the other causes in this list to soothe frustrations
Lonely - If your baby is comfortable being held or rocked they might get lonely when put down.
Try putting a piece of your clothing with your scent safely next to your baby to help them feel you are there
Relieve Stress - Sometimes babies just cry to relieve stress
Try baby message or humming to help baby through the stressful moments
What to do
Rock baby in your arms or in a baby rocker (Favorite Baby Rocker (MamaRoo)
I love to hum “You are my sunshine” to calm babies
Baby might need a change of scenery so get up and walk around and if weather permits go outside for some fresh air
Swaddling a baby helps mimic mommys comfy womb
Not sure how to swaddle a baby? Thats okay try this baby swaddling tutorial to get inspired!
If calming at home doesn’t seem to be working try taking baby on a car or stroller ride around the block.
My grandmother always told me to vacuum while a baby is sleeping, it sounds crazy I know but something about consistent loud noise does wonders for calming babies
Dime the lights
If your baby is sensitive to light at first, it makes perfect sense considering they are new to this bright world! Try dimming the lights or taking the baby into a dark room to soothe.
Medium sized exercise balls work great. Not to mention it doubles as a light workout. Make sure baby is secured to you perhaps in a baby carrier or securely in your arms and bounce away until baby calms.
Offering a baby the pacifier should be the last resort as some babies might get confused between the pacifier and nipple especially if you find you are having any troubles breastfeeding
The 5 S’s
You can also try These 5 techniques from Harvey Karp on soothing babies!
4. Sucking (pacifier or pinky)
5. Swinging (in the swing or in your arms)
PRO MOM TIP
Wear Ear Plugs! Not I am not kidding!
If you find you feel overwhelmed with cries, it helps to wear ear plugs to help ease your stress and make it easier to calm your baby!