Soothing a Crying Baby

You’re at your wit’s end: Your baby has had food, sleep, and a clean nappy, but the crying just won’t stop!

As frustrating as it is, this is no reflection on your parenting skills. It takes time and patience to figure out what’s wrong, or for your little one to outgrow this fussy, sensitive stage. Either way, stay calm because the more tense you get, the more you stress your baby.

Why do babies cry?
They can’t speak, so it’s simply their way of saying something’s wrong. It could be a wind bubble hurting their little tummy, or a scratchy label on their clothes. Maybe the sun is shining brightly in their eyes or there’s a hair wound tightly round their toe, cutting off the circulation. For a more comprehensive list of all the reasons your baby might be crying, read our Why Do Babies Cry?.

How do I soothe my baby?

  • Undress or loosen your baby’s clothes and check for red marks from tight elastics, mosquito bites, or labels.
  • Lie your baby on their back and gently bicycle their legs to help release gas in their tummy. In the case of colic, first use tried and tested techniques for easing wind. If that fails, provide relief with Telament® Paediatric Colic Drops.
  • Stroke baby softly and if this seems to help, give your little one a baby massage. Read our step-by-step Bonding With Your Baby Through Massage.
  • Mom’s familiar voice is one of the most effective ways to soothe baby, so talk or sing softly.
  • Put on your favourite playlist and dance to the music while rocking your baby.
  • Take your baby for a walk in the pram or a short drive in the car, as this rhythmic movement will usually send your little one to sleep.
  • Swaddle your baby snugly against your chest or back. Some babies are soothed when they are held really close and can hear your heartbeat.
  • Once baby is fairly calm, sucking a dummy or finger can relax them more and also help move any air trapped in their digestive tract.

What methods should I avoid?

  • Don’t pop in a dummy right away as it may stop the wails temporarily, but you still won’t know what caused them.
  • Don’t rush to feed again. If you stick a bottle or the breast in your baby’s mouth, even when they’re not hungry, it could show baby that food should be used for comfort. This can lead to overeating in later life.
  • Don’t panic and try all the methods at once! Try one thing for a while, and only move on if it’s obviously not working in order to factor out any methods.