Top 7 Ways To Soothe Your Babies Tears

Soothe Your Babies Tears

If you’ve ruled out hunger, heat, over tiredness and a soggy nappy, these quick fixes can help. One thing is for sure with a baby, you can’t avoid tears. But there’s always something you can to do help. Check for the common causes, is he thirsty or hungry, too hot or too cold, tired or unwell?

Does he need winding or a nappychange? If there’s no clear reason, then you’ll love having some extra tricks up your sleeve. As a sleep expert for 25 years now, I’ve pored over every baby book under the sun, and tried every technique and old wives’ tale out there, before devising my own soothing strategies. So, below are the seven quick, easy and clever techniques to calm your crying baby. None require any special equipment, so you can use them wherever Try them all and see which work best for your baby.

1 The cheek-shh
Hold your baby so he is facing your chest and your arms are wrapped around him. Press your cheek against his. This puts your mouth right next to his ear. Next, make a ‘shh’ noise. How loudly you ‘shh’ should depend on how loud his cries are – you should always be louder than him. Don’t be afraid to make quite a big noise at the start. The sound replicates the noise of your amniotic fluid whooshing around him when he was in your womb, and it was really quite loud in there! As he calms down, quieten your ‘shh’ until it is very soft in his ear.

2 The midnight squat
If all else fails, try this technique… Hold your baby close against your body. Then, with your legs planted firmly apart to stabilise you, bend your knees until you are in almost a sitting position, then straighten them again to stand up. And repeat.

3 The sloth
In your womb, your baby felt the sensation of your beating heart close to his bottom. This technique replicates that to comfort him. Sit down, keeping your legs together, and place your baby, tummy-down, sideways over your lap, so his legs dangle down on your right side. Place your let hand, palm upwards, on your lap under his head, gently turning his head away from you. Rest your right hand on his bottom. Sway your legs gently from side to side while softly patting his bottom.

4 The knuckle-suck
All babies love to suck, and the sensation can be very comforting. The knuckle of your little finger is the perfect size for him to suck on. Wash your hands, then crook your little finger and offer your knuckle to your baby.

5 The push-pat
Ordinary patting – using a flat hand, moving up and down can be a jarring experience for a baby. Instead, cup your hand, and then give his bottom or back repeated ‘pushes’ that are gentle but firm. Try it while you hold your baby, so he’s nestling into the crook of your neck or looking over your shoulder. This technique works brilliantly to comfort your baby. When he was in your womb, your heartbeat would send ripples through the amniotic fluid surrounding him, and the ‘pushing’ motion here

6 The bear hug
If your baby is four months or older, try sitting down and placing him on your lap, so he is in a sitting position too, facing away from you. Wrap your arms around him and rock from side to side or back and forth. This gives him all the comfort of your close physical connection, but allows him to see what’s going on. From the age of around four months, your baby’s vision develops significantly. Positioning him so he’s looking at the things in front of you, instead of staring at your T-shirt, prevents him from becoming frustrated.

7 The blackout snuggle
Your baby was born with only two fears: falling and loud noises. He’s not afraid of total darkness at all – it’s actually very comforting to him. It was pretty dark in your womb at night, ater all. And you can use the dark to help comfort him when he won’t settle. Take him into the darkest room in the house, switch off any lights and draw the curtains. Then simply hold him, and rock back and forth. Research shows that if any light hits the retina for just two minutes, the brain becomes fully stimulated, so over-stimulated babies need complete darkness to calm down. And in the dark, his body will start to produce the hormone melatonin, which regulates his sleep cycles. We forget just how over-stimulating the world can be to a baby who’s spent the first nine months in a dark, comforting space.

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