Tips on How to Soothe a Crying Baby
Babies always cry. That is a fact, and they are dependent on their parents, much more with their mother. You provide your baby with food, comfort, and warmth that he or she needs. Whenever she cries, it is her only way of communicating that he or she wants or needs something. And they are expecting a goof response from their parents. It can be quite difficult to discern which of the needs your baby wants at the moment. But when your baby grows, he or she will learn many other ways of communicating to you. Some examples how they smile at you, make noises or doing eye contact.
But in the meantime, all they are ever going to do is communicate with you through crying. Here are some of the reasons why they cry and how you can soothe your baby.
Baby is hungry
One of the most common causes as to why your baby cry is hunger, especially when he or she is a newborn. They younger the infant is, the more that they are likely hungry.
The stomach of a newborn is very small and can’t hold that much, so it won’t take that long before it becomes empty. Offer the food that he or she wants, especially when you are breastfeeding. It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t just long ago that you last fed your baby. This is referred to as feeding according to demand.
If you are feeding your baby with baby formula, your baby may need milk for not another two hours after they were fed. But every baby is different. When your baby does not finish his or her feeds consistently, he or she might prefer to drink the formula a little at a time. If this is your case, try feeding them a little early.
Your infant may not stop crying right away after they are fed, but let him or her keep feeding as long as they want to.
Baby just feels like crying
If your baby is less than 4 months from birth, he or she may cry more starting from the late afternoon all the way to the evening. This is considered normal and does not mean that there is anything wrong with them.
When your baby is healthy, and they persistently keep in crying, this is what is referred to as colic. The baby may become frustrated and flushed. They will also refuse any efforts from you to comfort them. He or she might arch their back, draw up their knees or even clench their fists. Some people link colic with stomach issues, which could be due to intolerance or allergy to something that is in the baby formula milk or the breastmilk.
The good thing about these days is that experts have a greater understand of the normal patterns that babies cry. Some experts think that colic is not associated with tummy issues, but instead referred with a registered name called PURPLE crying. PURPLE is a short term for describing the ways that the baby cry just so because they want to. Here are the following meanings defined with PURPLE.
- At the peak of crying. The baby may cry more every week and can last long for at least two months. It will become less between 3 to 5 months.
- They also have that times wherein they unexpectedly cry. There’s no reason for it and just expect it to be like that.
- They resist soothing. The unfortunate part of this is that no matter what you try, they will always cry.
- They make a face that shows they are in pain. It will make you panic as you don’t know what to do, but it is highly unlikely that he or she is really in pain.
- Long periods of persistent crying. Just take note that this can last for several hours each day.
- In the evening - they will most likely cry a lot between the late afternoon all the way to the evening.
It is highly stressful to live with a baby that cries a lot, but you will be able to endure it as all mothers always do.
Baby wants to be held
Babies need a lot of cuddling, reassurance, and physical contact to comfort him or her. Their crying may mean that they just want you to hold them. Singing or swaying the baby while you hold them onto you will give them the added comfort that they need.
When you hold your baby close to you, he or she may be soothed by the beat of your heart and smell and warmth that your body gives. You could also make the effort of putting your baby in a sling as this will hold him or her close to you in longer spells.
Baby needs rest
Babies sometimes find it quite difficult to sleep, especially when they are too tired. You will become aware of the sleep cues of your baby after birth. When they cry and whine at the slightest thing they feel, stare blankly and getting quiet for some time are just some of the examples that your baby needs their rest.
It may even get difficult for your baby to get their rest, especially when they get a lot of doting and attention from visitors. This will over-stimulate the baby, thus giving her more difficulty to get the rest he or she needs. Take your baby to a quiet room and put him in a baby swing before his or her sleeping time to aid in calming her down.
Baby is too hot or too cold
You can also check out whether the baby is either too cold or too hot by feeling the tummy. Don’t base the temperature on the feet or hands of your baby as it is normal for those parts to feel cold.
Use cellular blankets and sheets as the baby’s bedding, particularly on their cot or the Moses basket. If you feel the tummy is too hot, take the blanket out. When it feels cold, you only need to add more.