Babies are the most beautiful thing in this world until they start whimpering at the top of their lungs and you have no idea why. Sometimes feeding, burping, singing a lullaby and changing diapers will stop the whining. But sometimes, no matter what you do, the crying just won’t stop.
Hold your nerves and don’t give up. I have been exactly where you are right now. After extensive research,followed by a few trials and errors, I’ve finally cracked the code!
Here are 10 quick and fool-proof ways that rarely fail to comfort a fussy baby:
1. Snuggle up Your Little Rabbit
Swaddling and rocking a baby is the most surefire method to stop the screaming and crazy arm flailing. Take a warm blanket and gently wrap him up by securing his arms by his sides. This mimics the warm and cozy setting of a mother’s uterus where your baby happily spent the first 9 months of his or her life.
2. The Comfort of Your Skin
If swaddling fails to do the trick, the next smart thing to do is wear your baby and walk around for a while. Snuggle your newborn in a sling or front-pack carrier for extra head support.
Babies enjoy the skin-to-skin time more than anything else. It slows down their heart rate, and controls their body temperature and breathing. That’s why gently rocking your baby front carrier or sling can reduce the fussiness. The motion relaxes his mind and muscles, helping him fall asleep easily.
3. The Massage Therapy
Babies enjoy a little massage every now and then just as much as adults. When your baby won’t stop crying for hours, take some baby massage oil or lotion on your palm and gently massage her chest from the center outward.
Give their tiny belly a good rub, roll her arms and feet, un-curl her fists and toes. I would tickle my baby’s tummy,too. It never fails to make her giggle.
4. Pacify with a Pacifier
Sometimes the best solution to put an end to nonstop crying is to let your baby suck on his finger or a pacifier before or after feeding. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pacifiers are completely safe for newborns. So you have nothing to worry about here.
5. Calming Down a Colicky Baby
If your baby is crying and screaming at the top of her lungs for 2-3 hours after bottle feeding, it’s probably colic pain. In this case, you should immediately switch to a high-quality anti-colic bottle to minimize the air intake while bottle-feeding. With so many options available today, you don’t need to break a bank to own the best anti-colic bottle for your junior.
6. Slide Your Munchkin into Comfortable Clothing
When your child is crying incessantly and no amount of swaddling, belly rubbing or hand stroking works, check if his clothes are too tight or uncomfortable. Try putting him into thin cotton onesies or jumpsuits. If the weather is cold, try comfy pants and long-sleeved shirts.
7. Tweak the Temperature
Extreme temperature changes could be one of the main reasons why your baby won’t stop whining and would refuse to sleep. If the temperature inside the house is too hot and humid or cold, it can make your baby extremely uncomfortable. In that case, re-adjusting the thermostat, turning on the humidifier or AC can stop the fussing and bring back the smile.
8. Hello Darkness, His Old Friend
Your baby is acclimatized to the dark and quiet environment of your uterus. That’s where he felt safe and secure for nine full months. Re-creating that safe space in his room can be very effective in soothing our little Mr.Crankypants. To do so, cut down the auditory and visual stimuli by dimming the lights and turning off the TV or radio.
9. Turn up the White Noise
While loud noise of TV, people chattering,or vehicle engines can easily jangle your baby’s nerves, low-volume white noise does the very opposite. Certain white noises resemble the sound infants hear in the womb when the mother’s blooded rushes through the placenta, research says.
Help him hear the sound of rainfall or waterfall, turn on the fan or vacuum cleaner. You can also use a white noise machine or download a white noise app on your phone. Alternatively, you can try the old school method of shushing your baby while rocking him.
10. A Long Drive or Just a Stroll in the Garden
A simple change of environment can soothe the crankiest baby in a blink at times. The sudden change of environmental stimuli -like temperature, sound, light, and smell can instantly lift up your baby’s mood. If the weather outside is not suitable for strolling, take him on a drive and see the results yourself.
Babies cry when they are sad, mad, angry, hungry, gassy or poopy. That’s the only language they know. So don’t panic or lose hope. I know watching your baby crying for hours can tear you up,too,but that’s just how it is.I have brought up 3 kids, and trust me -it is impossible to always pinpoint the reason for the crying. Try the methods I listed above, see what works for your baby the best,and if you really feel something is seriously wrong, consult a pediatrician immediately.
Parenting is the coolest job ever but also the toughest. Alvina Emmy isa mother of two on a quest to understand the psyche of today’s kids, how we can improve our parenting techniques and what it takes to be a good parent.She’s also a story teller who has lots of wild and crazy parenting stories to share with the world. Check out my site parentloves.com to take a peek.