Babies are wonderful when they are quiet and peaceful, but if they won’t stop crying it can be difficult to know what to do. Your little one cannot yet tell you what’s wrong, so knowing how to soothe him can be a challenge. Here are some child care tips for soothing crying babies that may help to give you some ideas.
Identify The Cause
Babies usually cry to indicate a want or a need. There are several reasons why a baby may cry and if you can eliminate some of these then you are one step closer to stopping your little one from crying. Is your baby hungry or thirsty? Is he overtired? Is his diaper wet or dirty? Has he been overstimulated by too much activity? Does he have a pain or an illness? Does he need burping? Is he afraid of a stranger or of being separated from you?
Know Your Baby’s Signals
Although at first, all baby cries sound the same, soon you will pick up subtle nuances that give you clues as to the problem. Sometimes your baby will be prone to crying at a particular time of day and this may mean that you need to change a nap time or feeding time. Sometimes your baby will react badly to different environments or around certain people. Your babies cries will develop different sounds so that you can identify the problem and may have particular mannerisms or body language to give you a clue. For example, your baby may rub their eyes when tired, or may arch his back when he has gas.
Make A Womb-Like Environment
Sometimes when nothing else works, recreating the environment in the womb will work. Swaddling in a blanket helps your little one to feel safe, while creating some white noise, for example running the vacuum cleaner or clothes drier may help him relax. Rhythmic motion often helps to soothe a crying baby, whether through a ride in the stroller or a trip in the car, and sucking on a bottle or pacifier often helps baby to sleep.