How can I soothe my crying baby?
Essential skills for new mothers
Crying is a normal way for babies to communicate their needs. If your baby is crying and you’re not sure why, there are some steps you can take to try to comfort and soothe them.
Check for basic needs:
Make sure that the baby is dry, fed, and not too hot or cold.
Hold and comfort your baby:
Sometimes, all a baby needs is to be held and comforted. Try rocking your baby gently, talking to them softly, or singing a lullaby.
Offer a pacifier (soother or dummy):
If a baby is not hungry and not upset, a pacifier can help calm them down.
Swaddle the baby: (We will explain this later in the course)
Swaddling the baby in a soft blanket can help to calm them down, as it can mimic the feeling of being in the womb.
Take a walk:
Sometimes, a change of scenery can help to calm a crying baby. Try taking a walk outside or going for a drive in the car. The movement sometimes helps to calm the baby.
It is important to remember that all babies are different and what works for one may not work for another. If you are unable to soothe your baby and the crying persists, it may be helpful to speak with a healthcare provider for additional advice and support.