Calming the baby
Ways to calm the baby
Each baby has a different temperament and cries for different reasons. If she is given a dummy whenever she cries, other needs are hidden – the need to be carried or the need for touch, attention, quiet, variety, conversation or a clean nappy.
The following can be helpful:
- Talk quietly and sing.
- Play harmonious music.
- Provide tangible boundaries e.g. by swaddling in a blanket or surrounding her with a nest of cushions.
- Offer variety e.g. bathing and moving back and forth in the water, watching mobiles, talking.
- Satisfy the need for skin and body contact (sleep and bath together or try baby massage).
- Carry the baby. Studies have shown that babies cry less if they are carried or worn in a sling or carrier for longer periods. Just three hours a day reduces crying by 45%.
- Stay calm, consciously breathe deep into your abdomen, try to feel the ground under your feet.
- Get help! Consult a breastfeeding adviser, a midwife or another professional whom you trust.