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How can you soothe your newborn when she's crying?

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If it’s not time to feed your baby and she has a dry diaper, you can try a few other ways to soothe her:

  • Tightly swaddle her in a large, thin blanket, to mimic how she was snuggled in the womb.
  • Snuggle her to your chest and gently pat her on the back.
  • Rock, walk, or bounce her.
  • Move to a quiet place and turn on a calming sound, like a fan or a white noise machine.
  • Offer a pacifier, or help her find her finger or thumb to suck.

From: A Day in the Life of Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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