You knew your baby would cry, but sometimes it can seem so overwhelming. These tips will help you cope with your baby's crying.
Tips to soothe a crying baby
- Check on your baby's needs. Is he or she hungry? Too hot or too cold? Uncomfortable? Lying on a toy? Does he or she need to be changed?
- Try a pacifier. Sometimes a baby can be comforted by letting them suck.
- Take your baby for a walk in the stroller or a ride in the car. Motion may help soothe a crying baby. You may also try a baby swing to help calm your baby.
- Try soothing sounds. Sometimes the hum of a vacuum cleaner or music will comfort a crying baby.
Tips for you
You love your baby and want to make your baby happy. However, that may not always be possible. If you aren't able to calm your baby, remember the following information.
- All babies cry. It is normal for babies to cry for long periods of time, especially in the evening. Even though it doesn't seem like it now, the crying won't last forever.
- Take a break. If you can't soothe your baby, put the baby in a safe place, such as the crib, and shut the door. You can check back every five or 10 minutes.
- Soothe your nerves. Exercise, call a good friend or listen to music. Do whatever it takes to relax and calm your nerves.
- Don't shake your baby. Shaking a baby won't stop the crying - it can cause serious injury or death.
For tools and resources to help you manage life with your new baby, visit the Parenting page of Military OneSource. To speak with a counselor about non-medical issues, call 800-342-9647.