It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is crying. Again. You’ve tried everything to make them stop, but nothing seems to be working. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! New parents all over the world have gone through this same experience. In this blog post, we will provide some tips on how to survive a baby’s crying and get some much-needed sleep yourself!
1. Take a Deep Breath
First, take a deep breath. It can be difficult to keep your cool when your baby is crying, but it’s important to try. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that this is just a phase.
2. Make a Laugh Track
When you hear your baby crying, try to make a funny noise or face. This will distract you from the crying and help you bond with your baby.
3. Soothe Yourself First
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your baby’s crying, take a few deep breaths and try to relax. It can be difficult to soothe a crying baby if you’re feeling stressed yourself.
4. Get Out of the House
Get out of the house. It’s tempting to just stay home with your baby and try to soothe them, but sometimes that’s not possible. Get a babysitter for a few hours and go out for a walk, run some errands, or just sit in a coffee shop and people watch. Getting out of the house will help you clear your head and give you some much-needed time away from the situation.
If possible, have your partner or a family member take over for a bit so you can take a break. It’s important to remember that you can’t do this alone and that it’s okay to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, chances are your baby can sense it. So take a deep breath, relax, and remember that this too shall pass.
5. Work Out the Stress
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself to relax and de-stress. Exercise can be a great way to work out the stress.
6. Change the Scenery
Sometimes, all your baby needs is a change of scenery. If you’ve been inside all day, go for a walk outside. Or if you’ve been sitting in the living room, try moving to the bedroom.
7. Make Some Noise
If you can’t stand the sound of your baby’s crying, try making some noise of your own. Turn on a fan, run the vacuum cleaner, or turn up the radio. The white noise will help drown out your baby’s cries and hopefully soothe him or her back to sleep.
8. Put Out Lights
If your baby is crying and you can’t figure out why, try putting out all the lights in the room. Sometimes a baby will cry because they are overstimulated by their surroundings. By making the room dark, you may be able to calm your baby enough to figure out what’s wrong.
9. Play It Back
“It can be really tough when your baby is crying and you can’t figure out why,” says Jillian Johnson, a parenting expert and author of The Nanny Connie Way. “One thing that can help is to Play It Back.” This means recording your baby’s cry for a few seconds and then playing it back to see if you can figure out what the problem is. “You might be surprised at how often you can figure it out this way,” says Johnson.
10. Turn Up the Tunes
Try turning up the tunes. Turn on some music that makes you feel good and dance around with your baby. This will help you both feel better.
11. Do the Shoosh-Bounce
The Shoosh-Bounce is a hold where you lay your baby tummy-down on your lap with her head in the crook of your elbow, then use your free hand to pat her back. “It looks like you’re bouncing a football,” says Dr. Harrell. “But it’s very rhythmic and calming.” The idea is that the bouncing will soothe your baby, and the sound you’re making will remind her of being in the womb.
If your baby is still crying after trying the Shoosh-Bounce, try walking around with her or rocking her in a chair. You can also try singing or making other soothing sounds. If nothing seems to be working, it’s okay to put your baby down in her crib for a few minutes so you can take a break. Just make sure to check on her frequently.
Remember, crying is a normal part of being a baby. With a little patience and some trial and error, you’ll find what works best for both of you.
“Crying is a normal part of being a baby.”
It’s important to remember that crying is a normal part of being a baby. All babies cry, and it’s nothing to be concerned about. However, if your baby is crying more than usual, or if you feel like you’re not able to soothe her, it’s important to talk to your doctor.