The following tips may help you care for
your child and lessen the amount he or she cries.
Recognize and respond to your child's
cry and other signals (whimpering, wiggling, and facial expressions). Do not
worry about spoiling your child. Young children cry for a reason and are not
trying to manipulate parents or caregivers. It is harder to find the cause of
crying and takes longer to soothe your child when he or she has been crying for
a long time. Babies younger than 6 months use crying as their way to
communicate. As a young child learns other ways to communicate, he or she may
use crying for attention. If you think your child's crying is related to
behavior problems, many parenting books and classes offer suggestions for
behavior modification in these situations.
Keep a regular routine
for your child's meals, naps, and play times. This will prevent your child from
overtired or overstimulated.
child in your arms or in a soft pouch infant carrier so your child is close to
your chest. Studies have shown that young children carried for about 3 hours
each day cry much less than those who are carried less. Being carried gives
your child the pleasure of physical closeness and may help you be more in tune
with his or her needs.