All babies cry. After all, it is their only way to communicate with us. However, sometimes it is difficult for us as parents to know the exact reason why.
The following is a list of things you could do to help calm your little one down.
Change Their Diaper.
Some babies hate wearing a diaper that is even a little wet, while others don’t seem to be bothered by it at all. Check to see if they need a diaper change and if they do, change it to make them more comfortable. Even if you changed it as little as 15 minutes ago, check it again. Some babies are fussier about it than others.
See if They are Hungry.
This would usually be the second major cause of a baby crying. Try giving them a bottle and see if it calms them.
Check to See if they are too Hot or too Cold.
Sometimes your baby might just be a little uncomfortable. Try changing their outfit into something warmer or something lighter depending on the temperature in the room.
Find Out if They are Sick.
Do they feel warm to you? Take their temperature and see if they have a fever. If they do, call your pediatrician to see what they recommend as treatment.
Discover if they are Overtired.
Sometime babies will cry simply because they are way overdue for a nap. Try gently rocking or swaying them and see if they start to nod off.
Find out if Something is Making Them Physically Uncomfortable.
Check to see if there is a tag on their clothes that might be itching them or check their feet to be sure that they don’t have a toe caught in their onesie outfit.
Check to see if they have Gas.
Try burping them by placing them over your shoulder and gently pat or rub their back. Quite often this is the culprit and a burp is all they will need to feel better.
Check to See if they are Teething.
Try giving them a chilled teething ring to soothe their little gums.
Find out if they are Colic.
A colicky baby is loosely defined as a baby who cries for at least two hours a day (usually at a specific time, like at night) at least three times a week. There are different theories on what colic actually is. It ranges from tiny gas bubbles in their lower intestinal tract to immature nervous systems and some even theorize that it can occur by a baby being over stimulated by their environment.
Regardless of what actually causes it, here are some other things you can try to help calm a colicky baby.
White Noise. You can purchase a white noise machine or try running a vacuum cleaner, a dishwasher, a washing machine or a fan. It seems the swooshing sound reminds the baby of the womb and can help soothe them into feeling better.
You can also try taking them for a long car ride or putting them in a swing to see if the movement settles them down.
I found the carriage worked great for my son. I would bring it inside into the kitchen, face him away from me and just slowly and gently push the carriage back and forth. He was usually asleep within ten to fifteen minutes.
Above all be as patient as possible. Just about every parent knows how frustrating it could be when you have a baby that is crying for a long period of time. If you feel that you are at the end of your rope, call a friend or family member over for a little while (even if it is just for a ½ hour) so you can get out of the house and calm down.
Do not be embarrassed or think that your baby’s crying has anything to do with you’re being a bad parent. Sometimes it is simply a spell that your baby will go through but your sanity and well-being is important as well.
As tough as this moment is, remember you will get through it and someday be looking back on this moment as just a memory after your child has outgrown this stage.