10 Ways to Calm a Crying Baby – I know what you’re thinking… I’m still pregnant, how can I be writing a post on how to calm a crying baby when Baby Itz is in my belly? Am I right, or am I right? Itz ok. I debated whether or not to write this post now, or wait until I have some real life experience. I decided I’d do both. Plus, we learned these ten ways in our baby class last night, and I thought blogging about it would be a good way for me to remember them. I’ve listed them in a pinnable graphic and will explain down below:
10 Ways to Calm a Crying Baby
- swaddle baby – babies are wrapped up tightly in the womb, so swaddling emulates their familiar womb experience
- lay baby on side or stomach position – (in your arms! don’t leave baby unattended on his/her side or stomach!) changing baby’s position can be good
- make shushing sounds to baby – again, this imitates the sounds they heard in the womb and can be soothing
- have baby suck on something – sucking triggers the calming reflex
- gently swing baby – gentle movements can be relaxing for baby; rocking, walking, and car rides are other possibilities
- change baby’s diaper – make sure baby is clean and dry
- nurse or feed baby – babies go through growth spurts and sometimes require cluster (more frequent) feedings
- burp or bicycle baby’s legs – if baby has air in his/her belly, burping or bicycling baby’s legs could help relieve gas
- feel baby’s chest and back for temperature – see if baby is too hot or cold by feeling his/her chest or back (often times, baby’s hands or feet are cooler)
- inspect all parts of baby – lay baby down, take off clothes, and inspect baby; an article of clothing may be too tight, a loose string may have gotten wrapped around a part, or something else may be bothering baby
Our wonderful nurse in the baby class suggests reading or watching The Happiest Baby by Dr. Harvey Karp. The first five tips are his “5 S’s System.” Like I said before, these ten tips are what we learned in our baby class. Once Baby Itz is here will be the true test. For now, we’ll let him keep calm in my belly!
What works/worked especially well for you? What tips would you add to this list?