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Monday, May 21, 2012

Taking care of your baby - when they won't stop crying (rerun)

Having difficulties soothing your child? You seem to have tried everything and he still won't stop crying? Don't fret.

Needless to say you have to make sure your baby is not hungry or wet. Maybe he's teething? If not, he's probably just tired and needs to get all those new impressions out of his system.
Most babies go through this at one time or other. Around six weeks, babies have a peek in their total crying time.

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. This is probably also the most difficult, because a crying baby can be nerve wrecking, and even more so because you are probably lacking sleep. Try to calm down anyway, take a deep breath. Babies pick up on emotions really quickly and if you are worried or stressed out, it will make them so. If it is really too much, try to get somebody else to take care of him for an a while, just the time for you to get your strength back. A lot of parents seem to benefit from pacing around with the baby (most times, the uncontrolled crying happens at nightfall, so this might not be the time to go for a walk outside). Even though this might not have instant results, at least it calms both you down. Humming or singing might work. Some babies like soft touches, others benefit from a more vigorous rub (depending how old they are of course). Maybe you could checkout baby massage, that calms down many a fussy baby. Just keep telling yourself that this too shall pass and mostly it is just a faze. Remember that your baby crying does not make you a bad mother.

If you are in need of reassurance, or your baby seems in pain, do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician.

This post is part of the 2010 API Principles of Parenting blog carnival, a series of monthly parenting blog carnivals, hosted by API Speaks. Learn more about attachment parenting by visiting the API website.



  1. I highly recommend "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Harvey Karp. It comes in a book or DVD. Check out excerpts at

    Dr. Karp is so gentle and understanding of the newborn and his suggestions are caring and intuitive. At one point we used ALL 5 S's simultaneously with my son and I can say they work well!

  2. "The Happiest Baby on the Block" was helpful for me, too. I checked out the DVD at the library while my eldest baby was about six weeks old. I liked it because it gave me suggestions (five S's-- swinging, sucking, swaddling, shushing and side lying) on what to do and feel more in control as a new parent.

  3. It is sometimes challenging to calm a crying baby especially for new mom get worried why her baby is crying as she did not handle this situation.


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