There is no worse feeling than seeing your newborn cry and not knowing what to do. When I became a mom I was clueless! I had never even changed a diaper but I quickly learned to soothe my son, Artie, by following these steps:
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.
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.
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!
If you enjoyed this post check out How to Survive the First Six Weeks with Your Newborn and How I Taught My Baby to Sleep Through the Night.
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