How to Make a Baby Stop Crying Within Seconds
Soothing a crying baby can be frustrating for parenting. The first instinct is to check if the baby is wet, hungry, or sleepy. The desperation begins when you take care of all these things but the baby will not stop crying. The cry may persist if you use the wrong technique to soothe the baby. The technique that works for a newborn may not work for a year-old baby.
How to make a baby stop crying at night
One major struggle for new moms is a crying baby in the middle of the night. You have had a busy day taking care of the child. You put the child to sleep peacefully but wake up to screams after a few hours. One thing to note before we give you the tips to calm a child at night is that newborns rarely sleep through the night.
Most children learn to sleep all night after six months. However, the problem may persist even after six months. What do you do when a child starts crying at night?
1. Rule out hunger
Newborns need to feed after every 2-3 hours. Check the last time you fed or breastfed the child. If it is been more than 2 hours, you need to breastfeed or prepare a meal for an older child. Try something that the baby already likes to make it easier to feed.
2. Remove excess gas
The baby may gulp in air while breastfeeding, which causes discomfort. Burp the baby to remove any gas. You might also need to change the formula if it causes excess gas every time you feed the child.
3. Change the diaper
A child will not sleep comfortably with a wet or dirty diaper. Check if you need to change the diaper even if the baby slept in a clean diaper.
4. Check for a fever
Your child could be crying because of a fever. Check the baby’s temperature to rule out a fever. Sometimes the baby may be too warm to sleep. Remove any heavy clothing on the baby or change to a lighter blanket.
5. Check the room temperature
The baby may not have a fever but the room may be too hot or too cold. The best solution is this case is to normalize the room temperature instead of undressing or overdressing the child.
6. Rule out digestive issues
Many infants suffer from colic, which causes them to cry every other night for the first three months. The baby will outgrow the issue but you can talk to your doctor for medication if the discomfort seems unbearable.
7. Provide body contact and motion
After eliminating all the issues outlined above, try rocking the baby on a chair or walking up and down. Maintain body contact while cuddling the child. Be consistent with the movements until the child falls asleep. Sometimes soothing music or a fan helps in calming the child down.
How to make a baby stop crying in the car
Your baby may start crying in the middle of a trip. You have to stop and calm the child before proceeding with the journey. Many parents do not know where to start. You are away from home and so many of the techniques you have mastered before will not work. Try the following in such situations:
- Ensure that the baby is sitting comfortably. You must pick the right car seat from the beginning and ensure that you get the right reclining position.
- Give the child some snacks or water.
- Play some music or repetitive white noise to distract the child. You need to purchase children’s music before the trip but you can get some along the way.
- Check the temperature inside the car and adjust if it is too cold or hot.
- Introduce rotating toys inside the cars or pictures. Babies love to look at themselves in the mirror as well.
- Choose the right timing for the trip based on the child’s feeding and sleeping patterns.
Long trips may not work for an infant. If you must make such a trip, stop at different destinations along the way to give the child a break.
How to make a 2 month old baby stop crying
We mentioned digestive problems when discussing the reasons why babies cry at night. For a 2-month-old baby, colic is a leading cause of crying especially at night. Babies outgrow it by the end of 3 months but doctors give medication if the discomfort is excessive. You also want to rule out hunger, sleep, and a dirty diaper. Other reasons why your infant may cry is overfeeding and caffeine intake. While feeding may calm the baby down, avoid overfeeding. Control the breastfeeding and limit your caffeine intake. Fever at this stage is serious and needs immediate attention by your doctor.
How to make a 3 month old baby stop crying
Your baby is still within the stage of battling with colic but will be over it at the end of the three months. A 3-month-old baby will also cry when hungry, overfed, sleepy, too hot, or suffering from a fever. It is not always possible to tell the cause so you have to eliminate one issue at a time. Check the diaper, feed the child, and try rocking the baby to sleep. Sometimes changing the environment like taking a walk or introducing new toys may calm the baby. Ensure that the room temperature is normal as well.
How to make a 1 year old baby stop crying
By the time your child celebrates the first birthday, the soothing tricks you used at infancy will not work. The baby wants to explore the environment and experience new things. You are not battling colic at this point but some leading causes like hunger and sleep continue. The baby can scream and even throw tantrums at this stage.
Some babies start teething at this time, which makes them irritable and clingy. The cry might also be a cry for attention. Divert the baby’s attention to a new activity that both of you can enjoy and preferably in a new environment. Avoid all triggers or frustrations at this stage such as stopping an activity suddenly.
Give the baby toys that are easy and safe to play with to avoid frustration. One-year-old babies respond well with empathy because they can partly understand your language. Raising your voice will only make the situation worse.
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