How to soothe & comfort a crying baby
If you find your baby to be crying too much, what will you do as a first time parent? How will you deal with this issue?
The most important thing which you will probably need to identify first is the normal crying behavior of your baby. This is important as it will help you determine whether something really is wrong with your baby or if they are simply trying to tell you that they need something. The next thing which you have to do is figure out what exactly the crying means since it could stand for a number of different things.
Without knowing why they are crying, soothing them will be next to impossible. Once you are able to properly identify the different types of cries, you will find it much easier to communicate with your baby when they are crying and it will also reduce the amount of stress and anguish that either of you have to go through.
How much is too much?
No two babies are going to be the same. What some parents may consider a normal amount of crying for their baby may be too much or too little for other parents. In general, newborn babies cry for around two and a half hours every day during the initial seven weeks after birth. In order to figure out if you have a colicky baby, you need to use the rule of three. If your baby is crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week and for more than three weeks then the chances of you having a colicky baby are quite high.
What about reasons?
There are quite a few reasons why babies cry and not all of these reasons are necessarily associated with pain. They can just be feeling lonely or in need of some comfort. They may be tired or overstimulated. An obvious reason will be hunger. It’s very tricky to determine if your baby has had enough breast milk during a feed. Gas can be another reason for your baby’s crying.
What can you do about it?
Once you’ve figured out why your baby is crying and have concluded that it isn’t abnormal (in which case you need to take them to the doctor right away), there are quite a few ways to soothe your baby.
If they are hungry, the answer is pretty simple, give them some milk. If they are overstimulated or tired, take them out of the loud, noisy environment she is in and put them some place quiet where they can relax. If your baby is colic then information is going to be your greatest ally. Research on the topic and the various ways in which you can soothe them. The same thing might not work every day but sooner or later you should learn what works and what doesn’t. Quiet evenings are recommended for colic babies until they are out of that phase and if you are bottle feeding it may just be the formula that needs to change.
Remember to always try burping your baby after feeding but don’t try too hard. Check their nappy to make sure it is clean and don’t feel afraid to use a pacifier either.
Most parents will be astonished when they realize how much hard work is involved in taking care of a baby but one attribute which they can’t let go of during this time is patience. A crying baby is part of the experience then sooner you can understand it and learn how to make them stop, the better off you are going to be.