Babies cannot talk and the only way they express displeasure is by creating. Understanding your baby and being able to decipher their tears will make soothing them easier. Here is a guide to help you do just that!
Is your baby hungry?
You can easily tell if your baby is hungry based on the hours passed since the last feeding. If your baby wakes up crying, fussing, rooting, putting his hand in the mouth or smacking his lips, feeding him will restore is calmness. Get a bottle or breastfeed him immediately.
Is your baby over stimulated?
If notice him constantly turning the head from you, unable to settle down whether in your arms or not, chances are he is over stimulated. If you are in a bright room, new environment, or around too many unfamiliar faces, he could be restless and fussy.
To soothe a crying baby under such circumstances, move them to a more serene environment, dim the lights, and turn off the TV set. Most babies like being swaddles in light blankets which leaves them feeling secure and thus calming them.
Is your baby hungry, tired, or overtired?
How long has it been since your baby last slept? Is she constantly rubbing her eye? Is she closing her eyes but seems restless? Or are her eyes open but she seems fussy and irritable? The more the baby is tired, the harder it will be to calm her down.
Swaddling might help coupled with a favorite sound to keep her comfortable. Try turning on a white noise machine or your vacuum cleaner.
Is it time to change the diaper?
Fortunately, all diapers come with a wetness indicator that signals when to change. Changing the diaper after every few hours will help keep is a known tips on how to calm crying baby.
Is your baby looking for attention?
Your baby wants to see your face, hear your voice, smell you, and even listen to your heartbeat. You can calm her by getting up close and personal. Try speaking softly to her to let her know you are there.
Could gas be the problem?
Your baby is still crying even after being fed. But is he pumping his legs, wriggling, or arching his back? He might be having trapped gas in his tummy. You can bring him to ease by burping him or placing him on his back, grabbing him by the feet and gently moving his legs in a cycling motion. This will help him pass gas.
Is your baby distressed or sick?
Is your little one tugging at his ear or pulling his legs up to his belly? Is he suffering from diarrhea or vomiting? Maybe he’s crying sounds different and feels wrong.
You can start by checking his temperature to check for fever. Visiting a pediatrician is definitely the best idea.
Is your baby frightened around people?
Does he turn distress and fearful around people? Let your friends know that they need time to feel comfortable around new faces. Hold him in your arms and give him enough time to feel comfortable around new faces in your presence.