Nothing can match up to the first sweet cry of a newborn with a cute little head, tiny fingers, and toes! The thrill, however, may quickly fade into concern and frustration as you will soon realize that babies cry a lot for no reason, and it is completely normal. But, sometimes with obvious reasons such as hunger, tiredness, wetness or simply wanting your care. At other times, halting the tears isn’t as easy. Unfortunately, there isn’t any single method that works for all babies. Therefore, it is crucial to figure out how to soothe and calm a baby when nothing else works.
Get your baby moving
You may walk your baby in a body carrier or rock to calm them as these motions are similar to those the baby felt during birth. Swaddle your baby in a large, thin blanket to help feel secure and comfortable. You may also consider taking a drive as the smooth, consistent motion of a car or stroller ride soothes many fussy babies to calm and sleep. Experimenting with vibrating tools such as washing machines or dryers may calm the baby with its vibrating motion. Make sure the baby is in a sturdy infant seat.
Turn on the Noise
Use a white noise device to calm the baby; white noise is a familiar sound to babies, so the chances are that it may calm them. You may also consider the humming sound of a fan or the buzzing sound of a vacuum cleaner.
Take a look at your diet
Overfeeding your baby may cause discomfort as their organs are not fully developed to digest. Further, overfeeding may cause your baby to swallow excess air, resulting in stomach discomfort and crying.
Food sensitivity may also contribute to your baby’s constant crying. You may want to consult a pediatrician and modify your baby’s diet if your baby begins crying after feeding.
If you’re breastfeeding, you may need to run a check over your diet as this may impact your baby. You may want to reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, alcohol, dairy, and other irritating ingredients.
Use a pacifier
Check if your baby is hungry; if you have already fed them, offer the pacifier or point out their thumb, as sucking calms babies.
Make sure to meet the following
Body temperature – Check if your baby’s body temperature is between 97.9–100.4°F. You may have to immediately contact your doctor if the temperature is below or above the ideal temperature.
Fabric – Certain fabrics like fleece and polyester may irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Opt for clothing made from eco friendly fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo.
Diapers – An unclean diaper can make your baby uncomfortable, causing them to cry constantly. Therefore, change your baby’s diapers regularly as they wet or soil their diapers a lot in the first few months.
Dress in layers – Babies tend to lose body heat through their heads and feet. So, make sure you dress your bub in layers to keep them warm and comfy. Snug your bug in a warm baby rug during breezy nights.
Hunger – Monitor feeding times and watch for early signs of hunger, such as lip-smacking or clenching fists.
Colic -It is normal for newborns to cry, but if you find that your baby has been crying for three hours or more each day, three days a week, for three or more weeks, then consult your doctor right away.
Throwing up or vomiting – Some babies experience gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and the chances are that you may misinterpret their fussiness as colic. You may have to immediately consult your doctor in case of symptoms like excessive spitting of water, being fussy after feeding, and losing or not gaining weight.
Overstimulated – What you may not know is that your newborn’s underdeveloped nervous system is more sensitive to sounds, bright lights, and other environmental changes. Try calming your fussy baby by putting off the lights, muting any noise, and swaddling.
Having a fussy baby may make late afternoons and early evenings seem like endless time. Understanding the potential causes of your fussy baby and experimenting with different methods to calm your bub will help you ease the stress. Enjoy your little one’s babyhood, as this phase won’t last long!