A few tips from an experienced mom about how to handle a crying baby.
This article is written from pure experience and not from any professional scientific standpoint. When a baby cries and continues to cry it can be exhausting and frustrating, especially if the baby cries when you are on your own with him. When there is no escape from the constant noise and it is all up to you to solve the problem it can bring you to tears.
To Handle a Crying Baby First Handle Yourself
To handle a crying baby first get yourself under control. If you have to lay the baby down in a safe place, leave the room for a minute – only a minute – and get a glass of water to drink take a few deep breaths, remind yourself of all the reasons this is normal, solvable and not the end of the world. Then return to the crying baby with a calm fresh attitude.
Create a Calm Environment for a Crying Baby
Keep the atmosphere calm by not making any sudden moves, and speaking in a calm soft voice. Don’t shout, scream, tense up physically or talk angrily. Babies pick up on our emotions and as we are their only stable life line it is important to remain calm and be reassuring. Also hold your crying baby close, as this makes them feel secure.
Checklist for the Basic Reasons a Baby Cries
Is the Baby Crying Because it is Hungry?
Calmly and gently try to get the baby to eat. Make sure the reason he is not eating is not because the food is not taste or the wrong temperature. He maybe unable to eat because of crying so much so once he has calmed down you can try feeding him again.
Is the baby Crying Because it is Uncomfortable?
Check there are no tight clothes or clothes bunched up in an uncomfortable way. Check that his nappy is not hurting him, and that physically nothing is bothering him. Remember to burp him and perhaps massage his tummy in case he has a tummy ache.
Is the Baby Crying Because it Needs a Diaper Change?
An easy one to check. Does his nappy need changing. Sometimes you can change a nappy that seems ok and the baby stops crying.
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