1. WRAP HER UP
Swaddling your newborn helps her feel safe and secure – there’s a big difference between your snug womb and the big, breezy world outside! Use a receiving blanket to wrap her up tightly. Lay her on the blanket, hold her hands in front of her mouth and secure the blanket tightly around her so that her hands can’t come free of the cocoon.
2. SOOTHING SOUNDS
While your baby was in the womb, she had the constant comforting sound of your heartbeat for company. For this reason, total silence may be disconcerting for your newborn. White noise, such as radio static or the sound of a vacuum cleaner should help soothe her and make her feel less alone. She might also be soothed by a gentle lullaby or some classical music.
3. MAKE A MOVE
A change of scenery and a bit of movement could make the world of difference. Pop your baby in her car seat and go for a drive – the constant movement and soothing white noise of the engine provide a double calming effect. You could also hold her in your arms and rock her gently or use a baby sling and take a walk outside.
4. GONE WITH THE WIND
Your baby could be in a bit of pain caused by a wind. To get the wind out, try bicycling her legs while she’s lying on her back, or lay her on her stomach across your knees and gently rub her back.
5. CALM THINGS DOWN
Turn off the lights and keep things quiet for a while; she might be crying from overstimulation. Take away any stimulating toys and mobiles until she’s calmed down.
Why is my baby crying?
Your newborn cries because it’s the only way she can communicate her needs to you. It may break your heart to hear her do it and leave you feeling a bit frazzled, but crying is her survival mechanism in these early days. By crying your baby is telling you she needs you, she’s tired, hungry, cold, sick or uncomfortable.
Take heart – you’ll learn which type of cries communicate which need.