How to Get Your Baby to Stop Crying
Yes, I know. The baby is sleeping on his stomach, but it’s a cute picture. So, let’s roll with it.
By this point, you’re exhausted. It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and you’ve been up since midnight trying to get your baby to stop crying. Or, it is 3 in the afternoon and you’ve been trying to get your baby to go down for a nap since 1 o’clock and all you’ve seen is tears?
You’re hair is standing straight on end and your nerves are about to explode. The only thing you want to do is use the bathroom and then eat left-over Halloween chocolate from the solitude of your pantry. The good stuff you have hidden in the white trash bag under the stepladder.
Hey, I hear ya. I don’t have a baby that’s crying for hours on end, but I do have 3 kiddos ages 8 and under that I’ve been home with for 3 days, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, putting up Christmas decorations, and cleaning our boys’ bedroom. However, they did finally get into the giving unto others part of the process.
Let’s not forget all the other fights and random screaming and crying. The kids did some too!
So yeah, I did sneak into the pantry and eat a Butterfinger crisp. Did I forget to mention the Sugar Daddies?
Anyway, so you can get to the chocolate quicker next time, let’s explore some ideas on how to get your baby to stop crying and go to sleep.
What can you do to tame this 7-pound monster that screams loud enough for your neighbors to wake up from a sound sleep?
Strategies to Calm Your Baby Down
• Rock-Hold your baby and rock. Get a good rocking chair. Sing and rock. Even if you have a horrible singing voice.
• Swing-Most kids love to swing. If you don’t want to buy one. Try a friend’s first or rent one. Sanitize it and give it a try.
• Vibration-Have you seen that new swing that vibrates and swivels? I wish it would have been around 4 years ago. It would have been epic.
• Ride in a Stroller/Vehicle-None of my kids would take a nap unless they were in a stroller or a vehicle. The sound and vibration were soothing to them.
• Swaddle-Babies liked their cocoon inside their mommy tummy. If your baby is fussy, try swaddling and keeping your baby snug as a bug in a rug.
• Snuggle (kangaroo carry/sling)-Keep your baby close and snuggle up! It provides a sense of safety and security for your child.
• Fans and Vacuums-The background noise of fans and vacuums can be soothing. However, if your baby finds vacuums scary, don’t use it.
• Hush and Shush-The sounds of hushing and shushing can be soothing to your baby as you rock.
• White Noise-A sound machine can be a life saver. The sound of a heartbeat, ocean, rain, etc. can be a monotonous sound and block out other sounds.
• Get Rid of Gas-If your baby is fussy, try burping or lightly pushing your baby’s thighs towards their belly to eliminate gas.
• Watch Diet-If you breastfeed, avoid foods that make your baby fussy. If your child only becomes fussy at certain times, start a food diary and monitor what you ate prior to your baby being fussy.
• Binky-Get a binky. You can wean them off it later.
• Go Outside-Some babies love being outside. My mom tells me that I was a fussy baby and was only happy outside.
• Massage-A nice soothing massage might calm your baby.
• Reduce Stimulation-Your baby could be sensitive to excess stimulation. Dim lights and reduce sounds.
• Check Temperature-Your baby could have a temperature. Check for a fever.
• Check Clothing-Make sure your baby’s clothes are lose enough to not cut into their body. Red rings or pressure indentions are signs of clothes that are too tight.
• Feed-Your baby might be going through a growth spurt and need more milk or formula than usual.
• Hot/Cold-If your baby is too hot or too cold, they can be fussy and cry. Think about how the temperature feels to you. Then, how a baby would feel.
• Teething-Check your baby’s gums. It might be time for teething. Get teething tablets, an amber teething necklace, a teething ring, rub on some orajel, look for natural remedies. My daughter loved the teething tablets. She would bounce and laugh whenever she saw them.
What strategies do you use to get your baby to stop crying?
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