There is no worse feeling than seeing your newborn cry and not knowing what to do. If only they could tell you what was wrong! When I became a mom I was clueless, I had never even changed a diaper! There was definitely a learning curve but it didn’t take long for me to figure it out and now I can prepare you for what to do when you newborn cries.
Feed Your Baby
Newborns are ALWAYS hungry! Even if you just fed your baby, try again. This is especially true if you are breastfeeding or if your baby is going through a growth spurt. This is always first on my list for what to do when your newborn cries!
Burp Your Baby
Your newborn may just have a gas bubble that he needs some help with. Try burping him and if you can’t get it out try tummy time. The pressure on Baby’s tummy will help push out the gas. I love Dr.Brown’s bottles because they help reduce gas.
Change Your Baby’s Diaper
Your baby may be crying because he has a dirty diaper. I don’t blame him I wouldn’t want to sit in poo either 🙂
Move Your Baby
Try walking, bouncing, or rocking your newborn. This seemed to soothe Artie when nothing else helped.
Rock Your Baby
Your baby may be tired and is having trouble falling asleep. Sing or play a lullaby while you rock him in a dark, quiet room.
Hold Your Baby/Put Your Baby Down
Sometimes babies want to be held and sometimes they want their freedom. If your baby doesn’t want to snuggle try giving him some space in his bouncer or on a blanket.
Swaddle Your Baby
Newborns are new to this world and are used to a much smaller space. Try swaddling your baby so they are warm and cozy. Artie loved to be swaddled in these muslin blankets.
Sing to Your Baby
Sometimes the only thing that soothes Artie is my voice (unfortunately for anyone else in the room!). This tip is especially useful in the car when I can’t reach him.
Try A Pacifier
If you aren’t opposed to it, see if your baby will take a pacifier. Sucking on a pacifier may soothe your baby and help them relax.
Give Your Baby Gripe Water
If all else fails try Gripe Water! Artie loved the taste of it and it helped release any trapped gas bubbles that were causing him pain. It calmed Artie almost immediately when nothing else worked. Always check with your pediatrician before giving your baby anything besides breast milk or formula!
When nothing seems to calm your baby’s tears try going back to the top of the list. Sometimes if it didn’t work the first time it could do the trick later on. I am not a professional, these are just the things that worked for my son when he was a newborn.
If you think your newborn is crying more than he should be check with your pediatrician. There are no foolish questions when it comes to your baby’s health!
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