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5 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby

by | November 29, 2018

I remember when my babies were tiny, they were so cute and all I wanted to do was cuddle and kiss them. I’d stare at them for hours just admiring my handy work. That is until the seven o’clock witching hour would begin. My husband worked late hours so I’d be home alone trying to calm a fussy baby while also trying not to lose my mind. One of the most difficult tasks is to soothe a crying baby!

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How To Soothe A Crying Baby?

Babies can fuss as much as two to three hours in a 24-hour period, and your sanity with a screaming infant isn’t easy. Use these tried and true strategies to calm both of you.

1. Do the Shssssh-Bounce

Rock your sweet-pea in a carrier while shushing over and over again in her ear. This works because the rocking is calming for the baby and the shushing creates a type of white noise.

2. Play Some Tunes

You don’t need to limit yourself to lullabies for the next two years. Try all different genres and songs, including the music that you like. You might be surprised when Baby Jacob suddenly falls asleep to the melodic hum of Black Sabbath.

3. Swing, swing, swing:

Baby swings offer soothing, rhythmic motion that helps calm baby down. Just make sure the swing is designed for a small baby, as little ones may slump over in a large one. One of the most easiest ways to soothe a crying baby, I must say!

4. Turn Out the Lights

Putting baby down or rocking them in a dark room can sometimes get them straight to sleep. They are used to the darkness of the womb and this could be comforting for them, while also blocking out the stimulation of what’s going on around them.

5. Make Some Noise

Turn on white noise. Try a fan or vacuum cleaner, use a white-noise machine, or download an app. These sounds imitate what an infant heard in the womb as Mom’s blood passed through the placenta. Just not too loud, some research has shown that white-noise machines could contribute to hearing loss if they’re too loud and too close to Baby for long stretches of time.

Do you have any other tried and tested ways to soothe a crying baby? Let us know in the comments below.

Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]



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