As a rule, you shouldn’t blame yourself every time
your baby cries. It’s only normal for babies to let
out a cry whenever they need something. In fact, a
study conducted by the University of London revealed
that there isn’t any significant relationship between
constant crying and ineffective parenting. As
maintained by numerous “my first baby” guidebooks,
crying is simply a baby’s language.
Decoding The Language
In the beginning, crying is a baby’s primary means of
conveying feelings of hunger, distress, exhaustion,
loneliness, and so on. But as your little one grows,
he (or she) will become skilled at other ways of
communicating his (or her) needs and emotions. These
additional abilities typically include body language,
facial expressions and, in due course, speech.
Soothing The Cries
Before your baby develops the ability to communicate
verbally, you need to make use of ways to deal with
his (or her) incessant cries. Here are a number of
valuable tips to help you quiet down the sobs.
1) Learn the language
By gaining knowledge of pre-cry warning signs-such as
fidgeting, agitated facial expressions, little frowns,
flailing arms, breathing changes and the like-you will
be more capable of knowing whether your baby is
hungry, tired, frightened or overwhelmed. And by
acting in response to the hints, you have a greater
chance of forestalling a full-scale crying fit.
2) Feed your baby
Little tummies are not capable of holding an amount of
food that can last for several hours. In view of this,
you ought to recognize the need to provide your baby
with small yet frequent feedings. When it comes to
appetite, babies usually experience an increasing
desire for food that complements the growth spurts. So
be sure to feed your little one accordingly so as to
avert another crying fit.
3) Respond promptly
A lot of people possess a flawed idea that if a parent
responds to a crying baby at once, he or she is
actually spoiling the little one. The truth of the
matter is that the more you delay the response, the
more distressed your baby becomes. Before long he or
she will not even remember what triggered the crying
fit in the first place. The sobs will simply go on and
on, and the baby will become much more difficult to
If you’re breastfeeding, try to respond promptly to
your little one’s hunger signs. A baby that is left to
build up a full-scale cry will have a less organized
suck and may experience latching difficulties. At
times, he (or she) will merely suck for a while and
then doze off due to exhaustion.
4) Carry your baby around
Studies have shown that carrying babies around may
preclude crying. In order to reduce the stress of
constantly doing so, you can make use of a
sling-securely wrapped against your body-to carry your
little one. 5) Make use of relaxing sounds
Singing a lullaby or playing some mellow classical
music can be useful tools in calming your baby down.
The melodies of Beethoven, Brahms and Back are
included in the long list of recommended records.
Those were just some of the effective ways to quiet
down a baby. You may come across other practical
techniques by simply skimming through various “my
first baby” books or by surfing the Internet.