How to Soothe a Crying Baby
Some babies relax when they feel like they did in the womb. Wrap your baby snugly in a blanket, or gently pat her on the back in a pattern like a heartbeat. Lie down with her against your side, or keep her close to your body in an infant sling as you walk around. A warm bath may also help.
The 5 S's
Pediatrician Harvey Karp, MD, recommends using the 5 S's -- a combination of fuss-busting techniques -- to comfort a crying baby. This method may help create a safe, womb-like feeling.
The five S's include:
- Side/stomach soothing (laying your baby on her side/stomach): Use this when your baby’s colicky, but don’t leave her unwatched. And never put baby to sleep on her side -- always lay her on her back.
- "Shhhing" sounds
- Sucking (nursing your crying baby or give her a pacifier)
No matter which technique you try, remember that your baby is more likely to stop crying if you remain calm.