How to stop a baby from crying?
Every parent's worst nightmare is to see their baby cry. The constant wailing becomes troublesome for the babies and the parents who panicked seeing their baby in such pain. For new parents, it is tough to understand why their baby is crying or why it is behaving in such a way, and at times it makes them feel frustrated and scared because the first thought which crawls into their mind is, "Something is wrong with my baby!". It is a default fear every parent gets in their mind when they cannot soothe their baby and stop them from crying uncontrollably. As a result, it becomes more challenging to interpret the reason for their wailing and calm them down. But what if we told you that we could help you with this scenario so that you can understand the patterns and behaviors of your baby and how to handle them before it gets worse?
It's a myth that "not all babies cry." Well, it's true because the only way babies can communicate their hunger, emotions, or unfussiness is through crying. Right from childbirth, your baby would cry to communicate something to you. But, as parents, it's a challenging task to understand them. So, the Furrymom family has brought before you a list of techniques to identify the causes behind your crying baby and how to make them stop crying. Before we jump into the quick strategies on stopping your baby from crying, let us understand "Why" are they calling or what is troubling them.
What causes babies to cry?
· Hunger: Babies cry when they are hungry, specifically newborn babies. They need to be fed 8 to 12 times a day.
· Dirty Diaper: We all know how dirty diapers make babies feel, and it causes uneasiness when they are filled with pee and poop. It's a big 'call for help' for babies.
· Illness: There are chances that babies suffer from sickness or any health issues causing them pain and need immediate doctor attention.
· Gas: It might be astonishing for some parents, but babies have gas problems too, and it is caused by excessive feeding, which traps air in their belly, causing them to feel fuzzy.
· Sleeplessness: Sleep is the most critical routine of a baby's daily lifestyle. Lack of proper sleep can make babies feel irritated or tired.
· Noise from surroundings: Loud, unpleasant Noise can affect the baby's mood and make them feel at the edge, ending in uncontrollable crying.
· Feeling hot or cold: Change in the surrounding climate can make it babies feel a little challenging to adapt to it. So, their cry may be a cry of help to keep them warm or cool them down.
· Uncomfortable clothing: A lot of tight clothing or rough clothing materials make babies feel uneasy. Such clothing can be harmful to their soft skin.
· Lack of pampering: Several times, babies cry because they need to be pampered or try to get their parents' attention so that they can reduce some amount of physical comfort or love.
· Colic: It is defined as high-pitched crying that occurs three or more hours a day or three or more days a week. It is usually observed to occur in patterns. Symptoms of colic are:
High pitched frantic crying.
Sudden wailing without any reason.
Clenched fists, stiff body, and bent legs.
The stomach of the baby may feel challenging.
The above reasons are the most common scenarios which every parent encounters with their babies. Having understood them, it would be easier for you to identify the cause behind your baby's uncontrollable crying, and you can act according to it. Now once you are clear about the causes of your baby crying, you can try these techniques to calm your baby. Several parents get so worried about their baby's sudden crying that they would apply all the methods at once. Don't do that! It won't work like that, and instead, it would make matters worse. Instead, try one method at a time. If one doesn't work out, then move to another plan. This way, you would also understand what waste causes behind their wailing.
Even after trying all these methods, your baby doesn't stop crying its always the best option to reach out to a doctor or a pediatrician to understand better what is worrying your baby so much. This would help you know whether the techniques you have been trying are working for your baby or not, or they may guide you better with some new tips about which you might be unaware. Below there are 12 main techniques that would work well to help your crying baby to calm down.
How to relieve your baby from crying?
Swaddling: One of the first and most efficient techniques to calm a crying is swaddling. It works best when the baby is covered in a warm blanket. It gives them the feel of a mother's womb, and they calm down quickly. To try these techniques, hold your babies' arms down straight on your chest and wrap them around with a soft blanket from left, right, and below, covering the legs and hands. Be cautious not to wrap too tightly or not cover their face and head, making them feel suffocated. Place the baby around plush toys or stuffed toys to feel as if your presence surrounds them.
Feeding: Several times, babies give indications that they are hungry. They will bring their hands to their mouths, or they will smack their lips. When you spot such signs, understand that it's time to fill their little tummies. Breastfeeding or bottled milk would do wonders for your baby's hunger. Just make sure that the breastfed babies are fed after an interval of more than 1½hours while the bottle milk babies are fed after more than 2hours of their last feeding.
Putting them to sleep: Babies require a good amount of sleep to grow faster physically and to have a cheerful mood when they wake up. The sleep cycle of babies is relatively tiny compared to us adults. It lasts only for 45-60 minutes, unlike adults who can sleep for 6-8 hours continuously. As a result, their nap times get interrupted for babies, and they have to be put back to sleep again and again. So, ensure that your babies complete their normal sleep cycle by napping for 14-17 hours daily. Then, prepare a cozy bed for your baby with their favorite soft toys or plush toys and put them to sleep.
White Noise: Many parents are unaware of "white noise" and how it does magic for babies to soothe down. White Noise is a soothing hum caused by low, high, or medium frequency sounds played at the same intensity level. White Noise is a great way to soothe down a crying baby and even put them to sleep. This white Noise can be anything like the humming of a fan or vacuum in your house. It works great when you are swaddling your baby. Several soft toys for babies use this white Noise to remain calm while playing around their stuffed toys. However, you should avoid increasing the intensity of white Noise because it can make your baby feel irritated after prolonged exposure to it.
Diaper Check: Babies can require a diaper change multiple times a day. It's necessary to keep a check whether the diaper is dirty and needs a difference because it can cause uneasiness for your baby, which may result in wailing. Make sure the diaper is soft and rash-free and is not tight enough. The right size of diapers for your babies is necessary so that they feel comfy wearing them. Use moisturizers and powders to avoid any skin-related issues for your babies.
Cotton Clothing: Cotton is the most suitable fabric for your baby. Whichever climate you live in, cotton would always do wonders for your babies. So, try buying clothes that are soft, delicate, breathable, and comfortable. If your baby feels uncomfortable, they are bound to cry. Avoid any clothing which can irritate your baby's skin.
Adapt according to climate: Your babies need a constant check of essentials as per the climate change. Make sure to look to whether your baby is feeling cold or warm so that you can wrap them in a warm blanket or give them a cool bath to make them feel relaxed. Babies are physically delicate, and it will take time for them to adapt to the climate outside their mother's womb.
Needy for physical touch: Yes, babies can be broke and cry just out of the boardroom. Try holding them close to your chest and rock them calmly. It's even more effective with mothers because of the strong mother-child attachment. But staying close to your baby 24*7 becomes troublesome at times. Try plush toys from the Furrymom Soft toys collection, which can do wonders to make your baby feel like he/she is in your arms. These stuffed toys can instantly put your baby into a deep sleep and will be lost in their dreamland.
Pacifiers: Babies often find sucking their thumb because it soothes them down. Although it would fill their tummies, it helps them reals. A pacifier is just an excellent alternative to a thumb. Try giving your babies pacifiers while crying and seeing how quickly they start sucking it and getting involved in it. Place your babies with pacifiers on plush toys by Furrymom soft toys and see how peacefully they lay there unbothered.
Massages: A good massage is beneficial for your baby. Not only does it help in strengthening bones and bringing flexibility, but it also relaxes their body and calms their nerves when they are crying. Light baby oils, moistures, and lotions are the best way to do baby massages. Make sure you don't exert too much pressure and be careful while doing it.
Entertainment: No one likes to be sitting and staring at the same view for hours. Babies, too, feel bored when kept at rest for a long time and cry to get attention. Try making peculiar noises, funny faces, or actions to grab their attention. Make them curious about your activities and see how they might turn smiling or get quiet staring at you with wide eyes. The situation you create will take your baby's attention from crying and put them into curiosity mode. Try using stuffed toys, plush toys, or soft toys for babies that can grab their attention, and notice which one of the stuffed toys or plush toys helps them calm down so that you can use them next time your baby is feeling bored. Experiment with different soft toys or toys from the Furrymom Soft toys collection to know which one your baby likes more to be around.
Pediatricians: Babies need a regular help check-up to ensure that their wailings are not caused by something internal like teething. Visiting pediatricians once a week is advisable to get a better understanding of babies' health care.
Treating Colic: Colic can be troubling for both parents and their babies. If you think your child has colic, either contact a doctor or relieve your baby from gas caused due to colic. There are two ways of doing it: either lay the baby on their baby, push their legs up towards their tummy like a bicycle pump for 10 seconds, or lay them on your arms with their backs facing you and gently rub their backs.
Things may seem difficult at the beginning because it's a new phase for you as a parent. It's natural to feel this way, and it's even realistic for your baby to cry. Babies cry more after their birth, and the crying intensifies until your baby is four months old. After that, they would gradually become quiet, and you won't see them crying so much. Eventually, you, too as a parent, will gain enough experience to tackle your baby's cries and will be able to calm them instantly.
It's normal for every parent to get skilled with their babies by experience, and no one is an expert in tackling babies. But among these panics and troubles, don't forget to enjoy the little moments with your baby. The crying is just a routine of their daily baby cycle, and as they grow old, it would change. Enjoy the other parts of your baby's life as parents. Shower them with love, an enormous amount of affection and pamper them with their favorite stuffed toys or plush toys. Don't get panicked too much, or it would take a toll on your mental health too, and you don't want that to happen. If you think you need some emotional support reach out to other family members and take some break by indulging yourself in some calming activities. Your baby needs you more than anything, and you need to take good care of them as well as yours too.