How to Calm a Cranky Baby?

  • 12

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.


12 Answers

These messages are for mutual support and information sharing only. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.
"Position your baby to the left side" Really? Why?
said it's helpful for digestion. but i thought it's because the kid can listen to your heartbeat.
When your baby was in the womb, he can hear the mother's heartbeat. After getting out of mum's body he can no longer hear it. The purpose of holding your baby on your left side is because your heart is on the left side, so the baby can hear the beat. This sound makes the baby feel familiar and he'd calm down.
I believe they meant when you lay baby down in crib, have him on his left side, (where most digestive organs are found)...for overfeeding, & stomach problems. Same for Adults, too.
1, 2, and 4 helped the most!