8 Ways To Soothe A Crying Baby

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

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After feeding and diapering duties, soothing your fussy baby can seem like it takes up the bulk of your day.

Crying and babies go hand in hand -- this is the only form of communicating your baby knows right now. It can get quite overwhelming (especially as a first-time parent) not knowing how to soothe your baby or know why they’re upset.

Learning what’s normal for a newborn and what their crying means isn’t the easiest task. We’re here to help you understand why your little one is fussing and also provide some tips to soothe your crying baby.

Why is my baby crying?

1. Hunger

Happy infant baby boy spoon eats itself

The most common reason for a crying baby is usually hunger. A newborn can nurse every few hours in a 24-hour period. And if they’re crying, there’s a good chance that they’re hungry.

Some other signs they may show include lip-smacking and bringing their hands to their mouths.

2. Tiredness

Cute newborn baby girl lying in the bed. Two month old infant child on white soft blanket with teddy bear

A newborn baby will sleep for approximately 14-17 hours a day until they’re 3 months old. If it’s close to their nap time, your little one may be crying due to fatigue.

3. Dirty diaper

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No one likes to sit in a dirty diaper, especially babies! Babies tend to need a diaper change every few hours, especially in the first few months as they’re pooping and peeing more frequently.

4. Gas

As babies tend to gulp lots of air while they’re feeding, this can cause air to be trapped in your baby’s belly causing the feeling of bloatedness and discomfort. This is why burping your baby with gentle pats on their back after feeding sessions is important to help them get rid of the gas.

5. Feeling discomfort

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If your baby feels too warm or too cold, this may cause them to be fussy and start crying, so be sure to dress them appropriately for the weather! Ensure that they’re not wearing too much in the hot weather or too little on rainy days.

If they’re in an air-conditioned room, ensure that the temperature stays between 21° to 23°C for optimal comfort.

6. Sick

Baby catch a cold

Since crying is your baby’s only form of communication, they may be crying to indicate that they’re not feeling well. Check to see that they’re not experiencing a fever or other symptoms of illness.