What to Do When Your Baby Cries

Tips to Soothe Your Newborn

Babies cry for all sorts of reasons –she’s hungry, has a dirty diaper, feels too hot or too cold, has an illness and just because she wants to be held. Despite the reason for her discomfort, many new parents (and experienced ones) go crazy trying to figure out how to soothe their little bundle of joy. But relax – or at least try to. These techniques will have your daughter cooing in no time.

Calm Your Little Bundle of Joy:

  • Check her out. Your first move should be to check to see if she’s hungry or needs a diaper change.
  • Swaddle her. Hold your daughter close to you or try to swaddle her. You can use a baby Bjorn or Sling carrier so you can have your hands free (to do other important things like eat!).
  • Swing it baby. Put her in a baby swing or rock her in a nice, quiet place. Most babies find this very soothing and will calm right down.
  • Go for the binkie. Give her something to suck on like a pacifier or teething ring (if you suspect teething). You can also help her find her thumb so she can learn to self-soothe.
  • Tummy rub time. Give your baby a tummy rub, especially after meals. Many babies with colic respond well to this technique.
  • Go classical. Play soft, soothing music for her or sing to her.
  • Call the doc. – If she cries persistently for long periods of time you should contact your physician immediately. Crying can also be a sign of other newborn issues such as acid reflux and colic that only a doctor can diagnose and treat.