As everyone knows, a small baby cannot speak words yet. So when they cry, it is their way of communicating with you and others. They cry to let you know that something is wrong, from wet clothing, hungry, feeling uncomfortable, in pain, and more. Babies may even feel lonely, scared, upset, and such. A baby crying is normal, but it should not be ignored. The reasons of a baby’s cry should be identified and properly taken care of, so that the baby can feel better.
There are many people who know what to do when a baby cries. But that doesn’t mean everyone knows what to do. If you are one of those who are unsure of what to do, then here are some tips for taking care of a crying baby.
1. First of all, never ever shake a baby vigorously or at all. Shaking a baby is very dangerous, as it can cause injury or death.
2. Make sure the baby’s clothing is not too tight. This can irritate the baby or be dangerous (for example, it can make it difficult to breathe). If the clothing is too tight, carefully remove it and put on clothing that is loose and fits the baby better.
3. Make sure the room is not too hot or cold. If it is too hot, then it can become uncomfortable for the baby. If it is too cold, then the baby may end up catching a cold and becoming sick.
4. Check the baby to see if he or she needs a diaper changing. If so, then of course you need to change the diaper. You also need to make sure the baby’s clothing has not been soiled. If you find they have been soiled, then you will need to change the clothing as well.
5. When taking care of a crying baby, you may find that they only need to be soothed. Or maybe after taking care of the problem (changing, feed, etc.), they still need to be soothed. Hold the baby and pat the baby’s back gently and stroke his or her head slowly, being very careful of any soft spots. You can gently rock the baby or walk around with him or her. You can also talk nicely and sing to the baby.
6. If you are the mother of the baby, then check to see if the baby is hungry and feed him or her if needed (bottle or breast feeding). if you are the babysitter or child care provider, the same applies, but for a bottle. This can include breast milk that has been pumped by the mother or formula, depending on the age and baby. If you are unsure of the feeding schedule and which to feed the baby, then be sure to discuss it with the baby’s parents.
7. If the baby crying because he or she is cold, you can cover him or her with a soft baby blanket. Be sure that the blanket is not covering the baby’s face, as that can cause suffocating. If there are any fans on or windows open that are causing the baby to become cold, then turn off the fan and close the windows.
8. Try to see if music can help to comfort the baby. This can include the baby’s musical toys, a radio (with the volume not up too loud, as you do not want to hurt the baby’s ears), and singing to the baby.
9. See if the baby would like his or her pacifier, as sometimes that can help to calm them down.
10. If need be, you can try to change the baby’s position of sitting or laying down, as they may be uncomfortable. Of course you want to be sure you are changing to a safe position as well.
11. As long as the weather permits it, try to step outside for a few minutes. You can also just take the baby to a window and hold them as they look out and see the outside world.
12. You can try putting the baby in his or her cradle and then gently rocking it.
13. If there is someone else with you, such as a trusted relative or friend, see if they can hold the baby for a little while. Sometimes the baby may need a change, get used to someone quicker, or they want a specific person.
Taking care of a crying baby can be difficult at first. But once you pin point the problem and take care of it, things can get easier. The baby is crying to let you know that they need you. So check the baby to make sure everything is alright and see what you can do to take care of it and make them feel better.