As a mother of three boys, I’ve heard a lot of crying. I’ve heard so much crying that I’ve wondered how someone so tiny can put out such a loud sound for such a long period of time. I’ve soothed and loved my children when they’ve cried, trying everything that I could think of to get them to quiet down and quit crying. If you’ve had a hard time thinking of ways to soothe your baby, this article will give you 15 ways that you can soothe your child.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #1: Figure out why they are crying
If your baby is crying, the first thing you should do is to see if you can figure out why they are crying. Does your baby need a diaper change? Are they hungry? Need to be burped? Often it’s simply one of those and the tears will fade when you address the problem.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #2: Simply hold them against your body
Your baby may simply need to feel your body against theirs. Lay on your bed or your couch and have your baby set on top of you. Lovingly rub their back as you hold them against you.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #3: Drive around the block
If you are at your wits end, try taking your baby for a drive around the block. Buckle them in their car seat and see if the movement from the car will help calm them down.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #4: Washing Machine Method
Several of my friends swear by this method. Start your washing machine and put it on the spin cycle. Buckle your baby in their car seat and place them on top of the washer. The vibrations from the washing machine may soothe them. You’ll have to stay right by the washing machine while your baby is on it because you don’t want the vibrations to bounce your baby off!
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #5: Use the Stroller
Put your baby in the stroller in your home and push your baby around your living room or sit on the couch and rock your baby back and forth in the stroller to try to calm them down.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #6: Ask someone else to hold them
Sometimes all a baby needs is change. If you’re going crazy because your baby won’t stop crying and you don’t know what to do for your child, they may be sensing that you’re upset, which in turn makes them more upset. Ask your significant other or a friend to give your baby a cuddle and see if it helps.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #7: Give them their favorite blanket or pacifier
Your baby may be upset because their pacifier has fallen or their favorite blanket is not in their site. Give them one of their favorite items to see if the crying will subside.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #8: Sing a Song
Music often calms babies. When my kids were younger, two of them loved it when I sang them a song and they would calm right down (one of my children though, hated it when I sang while he was upset and got more upset. If this happens to you, quit singing asap)!
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #9: Put them in a baby swing
A baby swing was one of my favorite things when my kids were young. The swinging back and forth motion can have a very soothing effect on your children.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #10: Rock them
If you have a rocking chair, trying rocking your crying child. If you don’t have a chair, you can sit on the couch and rock your body back and forth.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #11: Go into a different room
Sometimes a baby may need to be in a different room, especially if the room they were in is filled with loud noises and people. Take them to a quiet area so they can calm down.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #12: Warm bath
A warm bath may be what your baby needs to help relax and quit crying. There are baby bath products like body wash and bubble bath that are designed to help calm down babies. Look for Johnson’s Lavender scented items to get that effect.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #13: Talk to your baby in a calm voice
If your baby is crying uncontrollably, try to talk to them in a calm, soothing voice. No matter how much or how loud they cry, use the same loving tone of voice.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #14: Play Music
Have you noticed that music can help calm you down when you’re upset? Well it can have the same effect on your baby. Play some kids music or classical to try to get them to calm down. Try to avoid loud music like rock when trying to soothe your baby. They may like that kind of music other times but it’s not usually what an infant wants to hear when they’re really upset.
15 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby #15: Dance
Movement is often a way to help soothe a crying baby. Dance a little dance around the room, holding your baby close to your body as you do it.