We’ve all been there – dealing with a crying baby who doesn’t want to settle no matter what you do.
Try these soothing techniques to calm your little one:
Turn the vacuum cleaner on
Sounds can be soothing. Experts think babies feel comforted by static sounds – a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, fan or running water – because they mimic the body noises they heard in the womb.
Go for a walk or a drive in the car
It might help to step outside and take your baby for a walk. A ride in the car can also help to calm your baby, due to the rhythmic motion and humming sounds. The rocking motion of a swing or bouncer with vibrations can be similarly soothing. Some babies are also calmed by a bath.
Invest in a mobile
It’s one thing to fall asleep, and it’s another to stay asleep. Lullaby-playing mobiles and other soothing products can encourage your baby to remain in peaceful slumber, even in the middle of the night.
Put your baby down
Sometimes there’s nothing you can do – your baby just has to blow off steam. If you feel stressed, your baby will pick up on your tension. Before putting her down, try gently rocking and patting her, but never shake her – you can do serious harm.
If you’ve tried everything to soothe your upset baby, and your paediatrician has given your child a clean bill of health, don’t feel guilty about setting your infant in a safe place and letting her cry. Stay within your child’s view, and offer comforting words, kisses, and hugs.
Written by Dr Bettye M Caldwell, professor of Paediatrics in Child Development and Education, on behalf of Fisher-Price.
*Fisher-Price parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.
Our experienced editors work with trained journalists and qualified experts to compile accurate, insightful and helpful information about pregnancy, birth, early childhood development and parenting. Our content is reviewed regularly by our panel of advisors, which include medical doctors and healthcare professionals. Meet the Living & Loving Team and our Online Experts.