If you have tried everything to calm your fussy baby but they are still crying, have no fear! Before you break into tears read these simple doc approved ways to calm your fussy baby.
- Give your baby a massage
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Hold baby in your arms with baby either on her left side or on her tummy and rub her back with gentle strokes. The left side is good for digestion, and baby might be fussy from gas, giving her a nice massage will her relieve her of her gas or at least distract her.
- Wear her out
Put her in a stroller and go for a long walk. I particularly like bumpy pathways because my little one gets distracted and falls asleep from the motion. A bumpy sidewalk or path usually causes her to fall asleep.
- Give her something to suck on
If it’s not time to feed give baby something to suck on. Babies finding sucking on something calming. If you don’t want your baby to have a pacifier give them your pinky finger. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly first.
- Go burrito
I don’t agree with swaddling but many experts say it’s the best way to soothe a fussy baby. Wrap her snugly in breathable material and remember to leave her hips looser than her arms. This will help her feel safe and secure.
- Shush with static
Babies find white noise calming, whether is the roar of a vacuum, a fan or air conditioning, or the sound of a heartbeat. Babies also find the “shushing” sound very calming because it mimics the whooshing sound they heard when they were in the womb.
- Track the tears
Keep track of how long your baby cries so that you can know if it’s out of the normal. When a baby is crying more than 2 hours a day then it’s time the see your doctor. Your baby might have colic or it might be more serious. Also it’s a good idea to keep track of how many time your baby’s poos, pees, and when they sleep and wake. I normally skip the pee tracking but I find the sleep tracking vital. Many times babys cant calm their selves down when they are overly tired. My 3 month old can’t stay awake for more than 2 hours, so I try to put her down before she gets cranky and wants to go to sleep.
- Snooze control
Just as it is important to make sure baby gets enough sleep it’s important to make sure they don’t oversleep, limit baby’s naps to no more than 3 hours in the daytime.
- Take a breather
If you have done everything it’s okay to put your baby in their crib and take a breather leave baby for 10 minutes and call a friend for help. Never shake a baby out of frustration, sometimes babies just need to cry to relieve stress.