Why is my newborn crying?
Hearing and seeing your little one cry is distressing for parents. How to stop babies crying is not an exact science but here are some useful tips to settle a crying baby
Quick points for mum
Babies use crying to communicate - check for hunger, tiredness, wind or a dirty nappy first
If all else fails, they may just need a cuddle
And when supporting mum
Make sure mum gets some quiet time for herself
Take baby out in their pram or in the car – the movements will soothe them
All babies cry and some babies cry more than others. But by about eight weeks, the amount of crying tends to tail off for most.
Why is my baby crying?
Put simply, crying is how babies communicate with us. So check for common reasons for baby crying
- Are they hungry, thirsty or tired? There are lots of reasons why your baby could be crying. If baby is hungry they will display early feeding cues to let you know they are ready for a feed before they start to cry. You can see the most common cues to look out for in this series of videos we’ve made, HERE
- Does their nappy need changing?
- Are they too hot or too cold? Check that their bare tummy feels comfortably warm
- Do they need a cuddle?
- Could it be a digestive problem such as constipation, colic, or reflux?
How to soothe a crying baby
- Gentle motion often soothes babies. Cuddle your baby and gently rock them. Or try putting them in their pram or sling and going for a short walk or drive
- Some babies are soothed by monotonous or rhythmic sounds, such as a vacuum cleaner or washing machine
- Baby crying in sleep? Try to wind or try a dummy. Or they could be hungry
- A warm bath and gentle massage may help with discomfort due to tummy troubles
- Trust your instincts – if you feel there may be something wrong with your baby, get medical advice straightaway
How to keep calm when your baby is crying
A baby constantly crying can be just as distressing for you as for them. If you feel angry or frustrated, put your baby in a safe place and take a break in another room for a few minutes. Or ask your partner, a friend or relative to come and take over for a while. And remember, never shake your baby, as this is dangerous.