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Top Tips To Deal With A Crying Baby

Crying has several useful purposes for your baby. It provides your baby with a way to ask for help when they are hungry or uncomfortable. Helps him scream for things he sees, hears, and other sensations that are too intense for him. Plus, it helps release tension.

You may notice that your baby has fussy periods during the day, even if he is not hungry, uncomfortable, or tired.

Nothing you do during those moments will comfort your baby, but right after those moments, it may appear that they are more alert than before, and soon after they can sleep much deeper than usual.

This kind of fussy crying seems to help babies shed excess energy so they can return to a happier state.

Your Babies Different Cries

Pay close attention to your baby’s different cries. You will soon know when they need to be picked up, comforted, or cared for and when they will feel better if you leave him alone.

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You can even identify her specific needs by the way she cries.

For example, a hunger cry is usually short and sharp and increases and decreases.

An angry cry tends to be more turbulent.

A cry of pain or negative stress usually comes on suddenly and is loud with a loud squeak followed by a long pause and then a continuous moan.

The “leave me alone” cry is usually similar to a hunger cry. It won’t take long to find out why your baby is crying and what he’s trying to tell you.

Sometimes different types of cry are mixed. For example, newborns usually wake up hungry and cry for food. If you don’t respond quickly, your baby’s hunger cry may change to an angry moan.

You will hear the difference. As your baby matures, his cries will be louder and LOUDER, and more insistent. They will also start to vary more as if conveying different needs and wants.

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The best way to handle crying is to attend to your baby immediately every time he cries for the first few months. You cannot spoil a young baby by giving him attention, and if you respond to their calls for help, they will cry less in the end.

When you respond to your child’s cries, try to attend to their most pressing need first. If he’s cold and hungry and his diaper is wet, warm him up, change his diaper, and then feed him.

Comforting Techniques To Try On Your Crying Baby

If crying involves yelling or startles, consider the possibility that a piece of cloth or something else is bothering him. Possibly a hair is tangled in a finger or toe. If they are warm, dry, and well-fed but nothing works to stop the crying, try the following comforting techniques to find the ones that work best for your baby.

  • Rocking, either in a rocking chair or in your arms while you rock from side to side
  • Gently pat her head or pat her back or chest.
  • Walk with him in your arms, in a stroller or pushchair.
  • Ride him in the car (make sure you secure him well in the child safety seat).
  • Make rhythmic noise and vibration
  • Burp your baby to release any trapped gas bubbles
  • Tuck him in (wrap him comfortably in a light blanket
  • Talk or sing to him
  • Play soft music
  • Warm baths (most babies enjoy them, but not all).

Sometimes, if all else fails, the best approach is to simply leave the baby alone.

Many babies cannot fall asleep without crying and will go to sleep faster if they are allowed to cry for a while. The crying should not last long if the child is really tired.

If you can’t comfort your baby no matter what you do, he may be sick. Check their temperature. If it is higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), they may have an infection. Contact your pediatrician.

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Over and over and over

I know it’s hard but try to relax!

The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to comfort your child.

Even the smallest babies are sensitive to the stress around them and react by crying.

Hearing a newborn whimper can be distressing, but letting your frustration turn to anger or panic will only intensify your baby’s cries.

If you start to feel like you can’t handle the situation, seek help from another family member or friend. It will not only give you the needed relief, but also a new face that can sometimes calm your baby when all your usual tricks are exhausted.

No matter how impatient or angry you feel, do not shake your baby. Shaking a baby hard can lead to blindness, brain damage, or even death. Also, be sure to share this information about crying with other caregivers of your baby, including your spouse or partner.

Don’t take it personally

Above all, don’t take your baby’s crying personally. She doesn’t cry because your a bad mother or because your baby doesn’t like you. All babies cry, often for no apparent reason.

Newborns routinely cry a total of one to four hours a day. It is part of adjusting to this strange new life outside the womb.

No mother can comfort her child every time she cries, so don’t expect to be a miracle worker with your own baby. Instead, approach the situation realistically, find several helpers, get plenty of rest, and enjoy all the wonderful times with your child.

What Worked For You When Your Baby Cries?

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Posted By Claire

Claire is our Community Manager here at New Moms Forum. A mom of two (almost grown-up babies), Claire has been building and operating community-based websites for almost 20 years. In her downtime, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and drinking copious amounts of red wine!

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