Taking care of a newborn is hard but rewarding work. Follow these tips for calming a crying baby:
- Change the baby's diaper
- Walk with the baby or rock them.
- Rub their back or tummy.
- Check to see if they're hungry.
- Carry them a lot, even when they're not crying.
- Hold a mirror up to them or shake a rattle for them.
- Take them on a car ride.
- Give them a warm bath.
- Take them for a walk in the stroller.
- Give them a pacifier or a teether.
- Put them in a baby swing.
- Wrap them in a warm blanket.
- Put on some soft music or sing to them.
- Turn on a fan or small motor.
- Place your infant in skin-to-skin contact (bare chest to bare chest covering infant with blanket).
- Make sure the baby is not sick, check for a fever.
- Are they teething?
- Take them to the doctor or clinic if needed.
It’s okay to Walk Away
When you are feeling frustrated, angry or upset it’s okay to walk away and take a break. In fact, by doing so you are preventing yourself from losing control and unconsciously shaking your baby.
- Place your baby in a safe place.
- Ask for help from friends/family.
- Take a shower.
- Do something that you enjoy for a few minutes prior to returning to your crying baby.
Never shake a baby. Shaking a baby causes irreversible lifelong disabilities and may lead to death.
The Period of PURPLE Crying® is a
program designed to teach parents/caregivers about normal infant crying and the
normalcy of feeling frustrated due to the crying. PURPLE is the acronym for
Peak of crying, Unexpected, Resists soothing, Pain-like face, Long-lasting, and
Evening crying. The program is based on over 30 years of research on crying and
its relation as a trigger to shaking. Teaching caregivers about normal crying
can lessen their stress and reduce the likelihood that they will shake their
infant out of frustration and discouragement. Learn more about The Period of PURPLE Crying here.