Understanding a Crying Baby
There are a number of things that will make a baby cry and just as many things that can be done to stop or even prevent those tears. Mastering the recognition of these different cries and figuring out what your crying baby needs is a difficult, but not impossible task.
Once you have figured out the cause and addressed the need being communicated, you should generally have a calmer and even content baby. If you need to do a little more to calm your baby down, there are several soothing techniques you can employ. If you are having difficulty calming your baby, know that every crying baby is unique and may respond differently to the various well-known methods.
There are some calming tricks that seem to work with most babies. Some of those tried-and-true tricks include:
- Walking: Changing the scenery diverts their attention. Patting their bottom while walking works as well.
- Bouncing: Pick a tempo and see how it is received. If that one doesn't work, try another. The movement may seem to mimic the movement they felt while in your belly.
- Talking: They love the sound of your voice. It doesn't matter what you say, just how you say it. Soft tones are the most soothing.
- Using a pacifier: The sucking motion is especially soothing to newborns. If they are not hungry, a pacifier might just do the trick.
- Swaddling: It is thought that being wrapped up and held warmly and tightly simulates being in the womb, which is comforting for the baby. When you put them down to sleep like this, the firmness around them might also help to simulate your arms holding them.
Determining what to do for your crying baby will get easier as time goes by. Soon you will recognize cues from your baby that will allow you to stop the storm before it even begins.