How to Calm a Wailing Baby

First-time parents and babysitters often find themselves at their wit’s ends when a crying baby just wouldn’t stop even if it’s 2 am.  Crying is their way of communicating since they still don’t have the capacities for grown-up language.  So while you’re baby isn’t spouting question after question yet, be sure to read and understand his or her first language so you’ll know how to answer them.

Step 1:  Find out what makes the baby cry

You can actually predict when your little one is about to cry like he or she has been hurt so bad by looking for signs.  A little twitch of the nose, a sudden intake of breath,and other little signs can help you anticipate your child’s needs before a whimper even gets out.  It also helps to keep in mind the basic reasons your baby cries.  Check if it’s time for diaper changes, a bottle of milk, a warm embrace before bedtime, or for any causes of discomfort or pain.

Step 2:  Simulate the womb

Babies, especially those who are just a few weeks old, are very sensitive to their surroundings.  After spending nine months in a tight, secure, and warm womb, the outside word feels very cold and lonely for them.  Swaddling your child may help recreate the warm and secure feeling.  Holding the baby close can also have calming effects.  However, be sure not to keep the baby wrapped too tight and for too long.

Step 3:  Turn up or turn down the sounds

Just when you couldn’t sleep when your college roommie had a few friends over for a party, your baby may not be at ease when there are a lot of relatives and friends gathering around.  Take your baby to a quiet place and rock him or her gently to sleep.  Shushing can also help your baby calm down as well.

Step 4:  Get help from your doctor

Although crying in babies is perfectly normal, there are cases when there are medical reasons behind your little one’s three-hour hysterical spats.  Be observant of the times, durations, and frequencies of your baby’s crying.  If the picking up, rocking, and feeding won’t stop the crying, consult your doctor to check for infant colic or other possible ailments.

Though it takes a lot of time and practice, learning how to decode your baby’s cries can help you address his or her needs immediately.  Getting to know your little one’s needs and addressing them not only makes the baby stop crying but also fosters a stronger bond between you and your child.

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  1. Recel Lanuza says:

    Swaddling your child is very familiar to them. Swaddling also acts as a “comforting womb” to them. But one of the biggest question that parents have when it comes to swaddling is: “How tight?”. The answer is: Snug enough so he can’t move his limbs free.
    Consulting your doctor to check for infant colic or baby colic which means a healthy baby cries or screams frequently without any reason. There is no medical treatment for this but gentle bouncing or rocking to be calm little by little and paregoric treatment before which is a camphorated tincture of opium (long banned).

  2. Angelica says:

    I’m a first time mom and calming a fussy baby is really a tough one. I’ve learned the basics by reading books and some online articles about it.

    What I usually do is give my son a pacifier since it soothes him. Sometimes i talk to my son and i can feel that he is listening to me. Also, one of the effective ways to soothe him is to rock him or cradle him in my arms while i sing / hum a lullaby song or play a soft music.

  3. whimsical1207 says:

    When a baby is crying we should identify why he or she is doing so. We should check diapers and just maybe he or she needs to be changed or maybe the baby is crying so we should also try feeding the baby. We should also try to rock the baby or put the baby close to us and the baby will be comforted. We should try different things until we have found the reason why the baby is crying. The most important here is that we should be extremely patient and loving as the baby cannot yet say what he or she needs and it is up to us to fulfill what the baby wants.

  4. As a mother of two kids, I have had a lot of experience in calming a baby.Reading books, magazines, leaflets, etc.. is a big help specially for those first time parents.

    We should always consider that when a baby cry this is the only way for them to express their feelings and its up to the parents or baby sitters to understand what makes them cry. First, always remember the last time you feed him or her, maybe its feeding time. Second, check on his diaper, its changing time.Third, is to check the baby physically, because there are instances that as parents we are not aware their might be an insect biting him or something that hurts them.Fourth, give him a warm hug, sing and talk to him. Sometimes babies also felt bored. Lastly, try to get some help or advice to those experienced mothers, because they could also share something that could also help to calm your baby.

  5. Crying is their only means of communication, so you must be sensitive when it comes to these kind of things. Looking at the baby’s gestures, such as looking at his eyes or face if he feels uncomfortable or at his hands if he’s pointing at something such as food and water, could help you understand why the baby is crying. There are also times when the baby cries because of boredom, so sing him to sleep. A simple lullaby or a tune of a mellow song should do just fine. Or you could try rocking the baby to sleep, though always keep in mind not to rock too hard, as because this has been pointed out by experts as the main reasons of brain damage in babies between 0-12 months old.

  6. There are several reasons why babies cry. They may be hungry, uncomfortable or in pain. If it has been around two hours since the baby was last fed, try feeding the baby. Maybe the baby needs to a diaper change or perhaps your little one feels a bit gassy and needs to burp. If not, maybe a hug which brings your bundle of joy close to your heart to feel your heartbeat would be soothing. You could even sing or hum a nice lullaby to keep the baby calm. Sometimes, they just need something to suck on so you could give them a pacifier or you could offer him your breast, if you’re breastfeeding. Not only does it satisfies a baby’s hunger, it also serves as a natural pacifier and a security pillow for the little angel.

  7. Our baby at home often cries when she wants to do something and something or someone is restricting her from doing so. She just started to learn to walk so that is all she wants to do day and night. It is helpful to know what the baby is just starting to learn because it is often the root of wailing. Let your baby explore. Put her on a walker and keep a close eye on your baby. Not only did you stop her from being irritated but you also help her improve on her development.

  8. Always remember that when you are using a pacifier for your infant, this could be a source of bacteria. Even if we sterilize the pacifier, touching it and exposing it to the environment can yield bacteria and may lead to infections and diarrhea. If possible, we should minimize using pacifiers and use the traditional snuggling and humming method.

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