15 Tips to Soothe a Crying Baby

(In 15 minutes or less.)

Imagine if one simple tweak to your baby’s life would help you and your baby calm down. It would give yourself peace of mind, or as close as we can get.

We all know how hard it can be to raise a baby. With all the sleepless nights without a slice of silence. Here are some of the best tips to help soothe your baby.

Mesa Women’s Health Care have found the 15 different options for you to try.

Even though some of you may have tried these already, we encourage you to try new tips to see if they work for your loved one.

*Also, these tips are not ranked in any order. 

1. Understimulate Your Baby (5 Min)

Everything is brand new to your baby: sight, sound, touch, and feeling. With everything that goes in your daily life that can be stressful for your baby. Take the time to understimulate your infant.

  1. Turn off or dim the lights.
  2. Turn off or put on vibrate all electronics.
  3. Lower or turn off the music.
  4. Run the dishwasher or washing machine at a different time.

2. Secure, Comfort, and Swaddle Your Baby (5 Min)

Swaddling for a baby is like bringing them back into the womb, their first home. They feel a great sense of peace and calmness and it will help to settle the baby’s nerves. Allowing your baby to sleep for a longer period.

  1. Get a swaddle blanket or a breathable fabric, fold your blanket down to one corner and put your babies head above the fold in the center.
  2. Make sure your baby’s right arm is down by their side and wrap around the chest and right arm only. (Still leaving the left arm out)
  3.  Fold the bottom corner up and over the feet. Tuck into the top of the fabric just like a bib.
  4. Place the baby’s left arm down to the side and wrap it around the baby. Any access cloth you will tuck into the fabric under the baby.

3. Check if Your Baby is Hungry (5 Min)

This is another simple and quick tip. If your baby is hungry they will let you know.

  1. Look for visual cues such as a sucking motion, putting fingers in mouth, and lip-puckering.
  2. Listen for a repetitive, rhythmic cry with a low pitched sound.
  3. Feed your baby as soon as possible.

4. Check for Poop (1 Min)

This is a simple tip that as parents we forget.

  1. Open up the diaper.
  2. Look for treasure.
  3. Remove the treasure.

5. Burping (10 Min)

Crying can occur if your baby swallows air when feeding. Burping allows your baby to release the air and calm your baby from crying.

  1. Hold your baby against your chest, with their head leaning forward on your shoulder. 
  2. Start to gently rub or pat the baby’s back in an up or down motion with the bottom of your hand.

6. Check for Illness (8 Min)

If your baby is feeling ill they will be sure to let you know, we’ll give you some of the best signs to tell.

  1. Listen for a nasally sounding cry.
  2. Look for any symptoms such as the constant running nose, weak voice, rashes, diarrhea, and red eyes.
  3. Call your doctor if you suspect anything is going on with your baby. It is better to be safe than sorry.

7. Sucking (4 Min)

Wouldn’t it be great if your baby can stop themselves from crying? They actually can by nonnutritive sucking.

  1. Help the baby find their finger, thumb, or even offer your finger. 
  2. Let the baby suck on the finger.
  3. Relax for a little bit. 

8. Front Pack Carrier (5-15 Min)

This carrier allows the baby to be with you and also allows you to get stuff done. Your baby loves to feel close to you.

  1. Strap your baby to you using the front pack carrier.
  2. Go for a short walk and then go for a long walk.
  3. If it doesn’t work the first time, try at least three more times. Your baby may come around.

9. Rocking in a Chair (15 Min)

The classic technique of soothing your baby. Rocking a baby is a time tested ritual that works. Providing motion for your baby can help to calm and relax.

  1. Find a rocking chair or put them in a rocking swing.
  2. Keep your child as close to your body.
  3. Rock the chair consistently and in a rhythm.
  4. Make sure that you don’t fall asleep.

10. Sing or Hum a Song (10 Min)

The goal here is to soothe your baby by your amazing voice. You don’t have to be a singer, just do your best.

  1. Find a song you can hum or sing(a lullaby or a favorite song).
  2. Sing your song softly.
  3. Baby is comforted by your voice.

11. Massage Your Baby (10-15 Min)

Massaging is a great way to relax your baby and also you. You can even use baby lotion or oils. Train your baby for the spa early.

  1. Be gentle, but firm enough to not tickle your baby.
  2. Go in small circles on the belly and chest.
  3. Hold your baby’s foot in one hand and with the other hand start to stroke down the thigh of the baby as if you were milking a goat or cow.
  4. Fold your hands into pray hands stance and place your hands on their chest. Begin to spread out your hands gentle until they are flat over the baby.
  5. Make sure to listen to baby, they will let you know if they want a massage(Don’t force it).

12. Get You and Your Baby Some Fresh Air (15 Min)

Changing the scenery and the senses for the baby can greatly improve the mood of your baby.

  1. Pick your destination, whether you’re going around the block or for a car ride around the city.
  2. Go and walk or drive your baby to calmness and tranquility.

13. Entertain (5-15 Min)

If your bored, there is a chance your baby is bored too. Yes, babies get bored as well and can cause your baby to get fussy. Providing your baby with an entertaining stimulate may be just what they need to calm down or change their mood.

  1. Narrate exactly what you are doing as you are doing it. (ex. I am  looking for my keys, I can’t seem to find them.)
  2. Mimic or create silly noises.
  3. Make silly faces.
  4. Read a book.
  5. Dance.
  6. Play with them or show them how a toy works.
  7. Find the quirky thing that makes your baby laugh uniquely to you.

14. White Noise (5 Min)

You’ll have to see how your baby responds, but white noise can help to calm down your baby by mimicking sounds of the womb.

  1. Try turning on fans, vacuum cleaner, and hairdryer.
  2. Try or buy a white noise machine or phone.
  3. If the above options are not available try to make “shhhhh” sound consistently creating a white noise effect.

15. The Amazing Colic Carry (5 Min)

Your baby may be crying because of colic and gas. All you need to do is add pressure to their stomach. 

  1. Lay your baby on your forearm on their tummy. 
  2.  Hold the head gently with your hand and use the other hand to keep the baby stable.
  3. Rub the back of your baby softly.

By now you have equipped yourself with new tools to stop your baby from crying.

You don’t have to do all of these tips just pick one and see if it helps.

Leave a comment and let us know which tip worked for your baby.

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