The Best Ways to Calm A Crying Baby

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We have a brand new baby at our house. I adore newborns. I know so many people who dislike the newborn phase because they just aren’t sure how to calm a crying baby, which can be stressful, but I just adore newborns! I love their crazy hands that are out of control. I love the way they stay all curled up when you pick them up. I love their sweet little lips. I love the way the warp around your chest and just sleep for hours. There is nothing better than a sweet newborn in my opinion.

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Newborns can be tricky though. They are trying to get used to life on the outside, and you are trying to get the hang of being their parent. There are bound to be some conflicts in your new role. Since a newborn has no other way of expressing their frustration or confusion, there can be a lot of crying. A lot of red faced frustration. As a new mom this can be very stressful. I remember my oldest screaming and screaming one night and feeling so helpless. But after having 3 newborns, I feel like I have a few tried and true tricks that can help calm a crying baby.

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The Best Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

First of all, make sure all their basic needs are met. A baby likes to be full, well rested, and have a clean bum. If these bases are covered, see if one of these tips helps:

Temperature- Going along with their basic needs, make sure your baby is not too hot or too cold. Hands that feel cold or look blue or blotchy mean the baby is too cold. Swaddle the baby in a blanket or put on a hat, sweater, jumper with feet, or socks. Flushed, red skin means your baby is too hot. Restlessness is another sign. Remove some clothing or a blanket. A bath may work as well, depends on your baby. Some babies hate baths, others are relaxed by them.

Altitude- How is it that babies can always tell when you are sitting down. Sometimes all you need to do is stand up. Add a bounce or sway and it may calm your babe right down.

Quiet Down- Babies are easily overwhelmed and overstimulated. Instead of adding toys and noise to try to distract them from being upset, try quieting down. Make sure you are calm and try whispering or singing quietly right by their ear.


One perfect way to calm down is to read quietly to your baby! With books you can calm tell a story and help redirect both your stress and your baby’s stress with a good book. Don’t worry if your little one (whether newborn or even up through toddler years) are focusing on the pages. Just keep reading in a calm, even tone and your baby will quickly calm down.

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Time Alone- If your baby is feeling overwhelmed they may not want to be held or rocked. Try giving them some space. Lay them down on a blanket, try giving them some tummy time, or place them in a swing. Give them some time and space alone to calm down.

Comfort- Your sweet babe may be uncomfortable. Try burping them or “running their legs” for gas relief. Make sure their clothing of blankets are not too tight. Check for diaper rash.


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How do you calm a crying baby?

About Aimee

My name is Aimee and I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at age 15. We were married 6 years later and are parents to the cutest kiddos around. Our oldest son is a cautious, but outgoing, smarty pants with a little sister who has no fear and loves to push all his buttons. They are 19 months apart. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a second grade teacher, and I loved every minute of it. Now I spend most of my day on the floor building trains, tucking in baby dolls, reading stories, and laughing my guts out with my own kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, read, watch movies, be outdoors, and eat!


The Best Ways to Calm A Crying Baby — 19 Comments

  1. I calmed my grandsons down by sitting in the bathroom with the bathroom fan running and the noise would soothe them. Worked like a charm!

  2. These baby pics are making me melt! My kids loved a dry diaper and full belly.

  3. I never knew about swaddling when my kids were babies. The infant swing always calmed them, though.

  4. This is such a nice read and and awesome collection of ways to calm a baby. It’s really helpful for the moms who find difficulty in calming their baby.


  5. i love me some swaddles. The first night my youngest was home we didn’t, yea we dind’t make that mistake again.

  6. To calm my daughter when she was a baby, I would bounce with her, sing to her, read to her, swaddle her, or sometimes self-soothe. Thankfully, she had a good disposition as a baby. Now we are at the terrible 2’s.

  7. Great tips! My baby bottom is so sensitive – the first out of my 3 kids who is very sensitive just about anything and that means lots fuss

  8. I’m so glad that our babies aren’t babies anymore. But, I’m going to pin this! This is a great read for new parents.

  9. This is an awesome article! Along with a “shhhh” next to the baby’s ear to calm him, we use white noise for our 3-month-old and it works like a charm!

  10. Most of my babies usually just needed to be swaddled and held close to mom. Not such an issue during the day but at 2am when you are exhausted and feeding doesn’t work it’s hard to stay consciously enough to calm baby. That’s always when my babies were the most uneasy…2am. Oh I’m tired just thinking about it. lol.