WHEN YOU’VE TRIED EVERYTHING TO CALM A CRYING BABY
When a baby’s basic needs of food, warmth, cuddling and a dry diaper have been met, and he is still crying, try:
- run the vacuum, the hair dryer, or the washing machine.
- Put the baby in a baby carrier and vacuum slowly and rhythmically.
- Put the baby’s bouncy chair or seat near the dishwasher or tumble drier (making sure she is safe and not left unattended).
WATER: sometimes just the sound of running water calms a baby!
- Take baby in the bathroom and run the shower. If you can, hold the baby firmly and get into the shower with her!
- Run a warm bath and get into the bath with the baby. This will relax both of you. (If you have a baby who hates baths, or water rationing is in effect, skip this one)
- put the baby in the stroller or carrier and take a walk outside.
- If you have a car, put the baby in the car seat, buckle-up and take a drive.
SKIN-TO-SKIN: take off the baby’s clothes (except diaper). Hold him close to your skin. If it’s cold, wrap yourselves up together. Hum or speak in a low, soothing voice. Try placing the baby on your chest or stomach, tummy down.
IF YOU ARE AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE
- put the baby down in a safe place (crib, playpen, etc.) and leave the room.
- Shut the door.
- Take several slow deep breaths.
- Do not leave the house, but take ten minutes to let the baby cry.
- Do something for yourself-make a cup of tea or cocoa, brush your hair, check on another child.
Sometimes a baby can sense you are upset, which tends to escalate his crying. Calming yourself is a start towards calming a crying baby!
© Parent Trust for Washington Children