Calm Your Crying Baby

6-12 Months Tips for Parents
Soothe 'n Snuggle Otter Cry Baby Toy_Fisher-Price
Soothe 'n Snuggle Otter Cry Baby Toy_Fisher-Price

Calm Your Crying Baby

Tips to soothe your crying baby

Even the happiest babies cry sometimes, and it's not always easy to figure out why. Translating your little one's tears can be tricky (not even the internet can help with this one).

If you're struggling to stop the waterworks, there are lots of techniques you can try to soothe your baby's fussing.

Here are 5 ways to calm a crying baby (and yourself too).

Infant-to-Toddler Rocker_Fisher-Price
Infant-to-Toddler Rocker_Fisher-Price

Baby swings

When you're not carrying your little one, try popping them in a swing or rocker. The gentle motion will soothe baby because it mimics the feeling of being in the womb. Music, vibrations and hanging toys can calm them too.

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Grow-with-Me Tummy Time Llama Cry Baby Toy_Fisher-Price

Baby's me time

Your baby's favourite spot will always be close to you, but even the tiniest newborns need downtime. If your baby is fussing but doesn't need a nap, it might be time for a time-out. Choose a safe snuggle spot and let them zone out – it'll give you some me time too.

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White Noise Soothing Baby Music_Fisher-Price

White noise for babies

Making a noise to calm a crying baby might feel wrong, but recreating muffled sounds from the womb can work wonders. A special baby soother or white noise machine can help during the night when your baby wakes up crying. You can try a fan, vacuum or even gentle shushing to relax them.

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Baby Massage Stop Baby Crying_Fisher-Price

Baby massage

Your touch helps your baby to feel safe and comforted. It also releases oxytocin (a happy, relationship-building hormone) that helps you bond. If bath time or nappy changes bring on the tears, try gently massaging tiny hands and feet to stop your baby's crying.

Taking baby for a walk

Can't stop your baby crying? It's time for a change of scenery. Head out for a walk – the gentle motion of being in a stroller or carrier will soothe your little one and calm their fussing. Plus, the sights, sounds and smells you encounter out in nature will help you both to unwind.

Crying is your baby's first language, and you won't always know what they're trying to say.

Keep calm, wipe those tears and remember that you'll soothe your mini eventually (there just might be a bit of drool along the way).