A baby cries for many reasons.
Your baby may be:
- Hurting from gas pain.
- Too cold or too hot.
- Sick or hurt.
- Needing to suck on something.
- Bored or lonely.
- Around too much noise.
- Being held by too many different people.
- Wearing a wet diaper. A baby needs to be changed every 3 hours when awake.
- Have a new tooth trying to come in.
Upset by something they ate. If you are breastfeeding your baby, talk to a WIC nutritionist or a doctor for help. If you are breastfeeding:
- Don’t drink coffee, tea, or cola.
- Don’t eat spicy foods or foods that cause gas.
Get to know what your baby needs. Different cries mean different things. By thinking about what your baby needs, you can help them stay happy. Knowing what your baby doesn’t like can keep your baby from being fussy.
- Don’t feed your baby cereal or solid food without talking to the doctor first.
- Don’t leave your baby in a seat too long.
To help your baby stop crying:
- Pick up and hold your baby.
- Snuggle or use a blanket to wrap your baby.
- Talk or sing.
- Play soft music.
- Lower the lights.
- Rub gums with your clean finger when a tooth is coming in.
- Give your baby something to look at or play with.
- Give your baby a pacifier.
- Rock back and forth with your baby in a rocking chair.
- Walk or dance while holding your baby.
- Take your baby for a ride in the car or stroller.
If nothing works and your baby gets on your nerves, put your baby in a safe place and let them cry alone for 5 minutes. Sometimes they are too tired and need a chance to settle down. Ask someone to come over and care for them while you take a break.
Never shake your baby.
- No matter how upset or angry you feel, do not shake your baby.
- Shaking can cause brain damage or even death. Your baby will outgrow the constant crying.
- Holding and cuddling tells your baby that you love them and that you want them to feel better.