How to Calm a Crying Baby in 5 Seconds

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A crying baby is frustrating and can be a real challenge to deal with, especially if you find yourself scratching your head and wondering why they are crying in the first place.

The first thing to know is that crying is a baby’s only form of communication. So when she does, it’s important to listen.

If your baby isn’t wailing from hunger or illness, then don’t worry: You can stop the tears in five seconds flat with one of these tricks.

Offer a distraction

Play a CD or turn on some soft music (classical is great), or hold your baby in front of the TV screen while “Sesame Street” is on — but do this only occasionally, since research shows that television can interfere with an infant’s development of language skills and limit interaction between you and your baby.

Swaddle the baby

Swaddling is one of the most effective ways to help soothe a newborn — or calm an older baby who’s worked up. Start by laying out a receiving blanket on a flat surface, then fold down the top corner about six inches. 

Place your baby face-up on the blanket with his head above the fold, then wrap his right arm snugly against his body and tuck his hand under his left cheek. 

Next bring the bottom of the blanket up over his feet, making sure they’re flexed so he doesn’t get too hot. Then simply wrap his left arm across his chest and tuck it in. 

Finally, hold onto the remaining corner of the blanket and fold it across your baby’s chest (this will keep him from flailing around).

Soothe yourself first

Crying babies can be tough on parents. When you’re too stressed, too tired, or feeling impatient, it can be hard to respond calmly and help your baby relax. It helps if you can first soothe yourself. Pick up your child and hold him firmly, close to your chest. 

Put off Lights

Check that no bright lights are shining directly into your baby’s face from nearby lamps or windows (this is called photophobia). If there are, turn them off or adjust their direction so that they shine away from your baby’s face.

Go for a walk

You don’t want to drag your screaming baby out of the house when you’re already stressed out, but sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes to calm a crying baby down. 

Sometimes the issue isn’t something causing discomfort for your baby but instead, it might be something in the environment that’s bothering him or her. When your baby is fussy and you can’t figure out why getting out of the house often helps. 

Go for a drive in the car (babies often fall asleep in cars), take a walk around the block, or head over to a friend’s house just to get out of the house. 

This strategy works best when you’re away from home for 30 minutes or more, but if you don’t have that much time, go anyway if possible. Even 10 minutes away from home may be enough time for your little one.

Give a massage

Infants need physical contact just like older children and adults do. Place the baby on a soft towel or blanket, apply some oil or lotion, and give her a gentle massage using light strokes. This will help to stimulate your baby’s nervous system while giving her important physical contact.

Give a bath

A warm bath is another way to stimulate your baby’s nervous system and calm her down. Add some calming oils to the bathwater, such as lavender oil, which has been shown to be particularly effective. Make sure that the water is not too hot and test it with your wrist before placing your baby in the water.

Sucking is Calming for Babies

Babies have an instinctive desire to suck. Sucking can be soothing for babies and calming for parents since it means the end of crying (at least for a few minutes). Offer your baby a pacifier or your finger if she doesn’t have one yet.

Final word

As you know that the life of a parent is not easy, babies have their own requirements and demands, yet we do not ever think about it because we just love to see our kids smile. but sometimes their demands are unbearable, they are crying inconsolably.


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