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The Ultimate Guide to Soothing a Crying Baby

April 24, 2024

Soothing crying baby

April 24, 2024

Tips and Techniques for Parents 

Experiencing a crying baby can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenthood, especially for new parents. Whether it’s the first cry or the hundredth, deciphering the cause and finding the right soothing techniques can feel overwhelming. However, it’s essential to remember that crying is a natural form of communication for babies, and there are numerous ways to help soothe them. Here’s a comprehensive guide to assist parents in calming their little ones:

Understanding Baby’s Cry

Babies cry for various reasons, and decoding their cries can be tricky. It’s crucial to recognize that increased crying during the first six months of life is entirely normal. If you’re unsure about why your baby is crying or need additional guidance, we have resources available on the Period of PURPLE Crying®. KCSL coordinates the effort to bring this evidence-based program to communities across Kansas to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and educate new parents.

Common Reasons for Crying:

  • Hunger: Babies have small stomachs and may need frequent feedings. Offering a feeding or a pacifier can help soothe them.
  • Discomfort: Check if the baby’s diaper is wet or dirty, or if they are too hot or cold. Adjusting their clothing or changing their diaper can provide relief.
  • Need for Comfort: Babies seek comfort and reassurance from their caregivers. Holding, cuddling, or gentle rocking can help them feel secure.
  • Overstimulation: Too much noise or activity can overwhelm babies. Creating a calm and quiet environment can ease their distress.

Effective Soothing Techniques:

  • Swaddling: Wrapping your baby snugly in a soft blanket mimics the feeling of being in the womb and can help them feel secure.
  • Bathing: A warm bath can be soothing for both baby and parent. The gentle warmth and water can help relax your little one.
  • Soothing Sounds: Singing, humming, or playing soft music can have a calming effect on babies. Experiment with different sounds to see what works best for your baby.
  • Motion: Rocking in a chair or swing, gentle swaying, or going for a walk with the stroller can help lull your baby to sleep.
  • Distraction: Engage your baby with gentle movements, such as making faces or quiet noises, to redirect their attention.
  • White Noise: Background noise like running a vacuum cleaner or a hair dryer can create a soothing ambiance and help your baby relax.

When to Seek Help

If soothing techniques don’t work or you feel overwhelmed, reach out for support:

  • Take breaks when needed
  • Reach out to friends or family for help
  • Call the 24-hour Parent Helpline (1-800-CHILDREN)
  • Remember, stay calm, trust your instincts, and know that you’re doing your best.

24/7 support is available. Call/text 1-800-CHILDREN or email

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