All babies can sometimes be cranky and fussy. It is their way of telling their needs and asking you for your attention and care. Many new parents may find it stressful to calm a cranky baby. But don't worry, you can handle it! Learning the right techniques can help soothe an upset, unresponsive, or crying baby easily.
What you should not do
Don't place baby in a so-called "sleep positioner," "nest" or "anti-roll" device
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned about the suffocation risk of these devices. Many babies were reported dead after rolling from side to tummy and being unable to breathe. Although some of these devices are aimed to prevent reflux in infants, the FDA now advises parents not to use any of them for any reason.
What you should do
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you try the following measures:
1. Don't overfeed your baby
The Academy suggests waiting at least 2 to 2.5 hours from the beginning of one feeding to the next.
2. Position your baby to the left side
If your baby is having any digestion issues, you should hold your baby and position your baby to the left side. This is helpful for their digestion.
3. Re-create the comfort baby felt in the womb
In order to re-create the environment of the womb, you can rock your baby gently and play some soothing sounds. You can also put your baby in a baby carrier against your body.
4. Re-organize the crib
When it's time for your baby to sleep in the crib, you should always position your baby on the back. And the crib should be completely empty — no blanket, pillows or toys, in case these things cause harm to your baby.
5. Talk openly with your partner
When it comes to how to do with a cranky baby, moms and dads don't always agree with each other, especially in the middle of the night. When this happens, you should discuss it calmly and openly so that you can come to an agreement.