There is no real way to prepare for motherhood. It is one of those things where parents must learn as they go. Sure, they can buy all the expensive books on what to expect. They can talk to other mothers and fathers or maybe even their own parents, or they can spend endless hours scouring the internet for every piece of advice they can find, but nothing will fully prepare them for the endless crying and the sleepless nights.
However, we believe that parents should never have to go at parenting alone. We are here to help parents along the way and we have some amazing methods for them to try when they just can’t seem to quiet their precious little miracle down. We have compiled a list of the top surprising ways that parents can help comfort your crying newborn. Moms and dads may already be fully aware of some of these tricks and techniques, while others may astonish them. We have done all the searching and scouring so that parents don’t have to. Parents may want to also bookmark this page or print it out so that they always have methods handy for soothing your little one.
When trying to comfort your newborn, always make sure that their basic needs are being met first. Once mom and dad are sure of that, feel free to test every method on this list until you find what is right for their baby. Happy reading!
20 Sing To The Newborn
Your baby has been listening to the sound of your voice since her hearing developed around the eighteenth week of pregnancy while she was still inside the womb. Your voice is familiar and comforting to your newborn. It shouldn’t be a surprise that you may be able to comfort your crying baby by using your vocal cords and singing to her.
You can try singing your little one a sweet lullaby or you if you don’t know of any, you can simply create your own song to try to soothe your child.
You can also try singing your favorite song. It doesn’t really matter which method you use as long as you try something.
19 Turn On A Hairdryer
This next method may surprise you quite a bit. Who knew that hairdryers could be used for so many things? If you are at your wit’s end and just cannot seem to soothe your crying newborn, one thing you can try to just simply by turning on your hairdryer.
The sounds of the hairdryer create a pleasant white noise effect and have been known to soothe even the crankiest of newborns. However, some babies start to cry again immediately after the hair dryer shuts off. To combat this issue, try leaving it on for about 10 minutes or until your baby has fallen asleep.
18 Play Some Soothing Music
Soothing music or the light, comforting sounds of rain falling can sometimes be more than enough to comfort a crying newborn. Even if you don’t have any relaxing music or nature sounds to throw on, there is a simple solution for that.
If you have access to YouTube, which most of us do these days, go to either their website or app and simply try searching, “Baby lullabies,” “Relaxing music,” or even “Relaxing nature sounds.” You can search for whatever you would like.
Make sure not to put the volume up too loud to the point where you are drowning out the sounds of your little one. You want it nice and low, but still loud enough to be heard.
17 Try Some Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy isn’t only for adults and older children, according to Healthline.com, you can try it on your fussy baby as well to help calm her down. There are some scents that have been approved for use on babies such as the relaxing smells of lavender and eucalyptus.
Lavender can be used to help comfort cranky babies as well as a way to combat sleeplessness.
You can buy oil diffusers, scented candles, and they even make spray mists infused with lavender to spritz around the area where you will be placing your baby to sleep. If you are going to try aromatherapy for your little one, make sure never to put the oils or mists directly on your newborn’s skin since their skin tends to be very sensitive.
16 Place Baby In Front Of The Mirror
While newborns can’t appreciate their reflection in a mirror just yet, sometimes placing your little one in front of a mirror is enough to get your crying newborn to calm down. It is a distraction method.
Some people believe in the superstition that placing a baby under one year of age in front of a mirror can have ill effects. However, that is a major misconception and definitely nothing more than a superstition.
Placing a baby in front of the mirror can help them learn a sense of self and learn what their own reflection looks like. It is also a great way to bond with your baby, according to Pathways.org.
15 White Noise Can Work Wonders
White noise is an excellent way to comfort a crying newborn. It is also a great way to help get your baby to sleep. There are plenty of ways to create white noise, or they even sell machines that can produce it. If you don’t feel like buying those expensive white noise machines all you have to do is simply turn on a fan.
You can also try searching, “White noise,” on YouTube for plenty of other options to choose from. If you are going to use a fan to create the noise, make sure that it is far enough away from your little one so that she does not try to reach out and touch it.
14 Read To The Newborn
Just like with singing to your child, your baby loves to hear the soothing and comforting sounds of your voice. Your baby has been listening to you talk since her hearing started to develop inside of the womb around 18 weeks. If you want to try to comfort your baby, you can try reading her a story.
Since she is so young, it honestly does not matter what you read to her as long as you are reading.
If you have yet to give birth to your precious little miracle, you can start reading to your little one while she is still in utero. Reading to your baby is also a great way to bond prior to giving birth as well as after.
13 Go For A Simple Drive
If you have a car, this next method is almost guaranteed to get your little one to calm down when the waterworks have begun. All you have to do is take your newborn for a simple drive around the block. The rocking motions from the car will do more than just soothe a crying infant, it can also help put your baby to sleep as well.
The rocking motions of the car mimic the rocking movements your baby felt from inside the womb when you were being active or even when you were just walking around.
Try not to let your baby sleep in her car seat for long periods of time as it could pose as a health risk.
12 Go For A Stroll Around The Block
Sometimes a change of scenery is all your baby really needs to feel comforted. If you can’t seem to get your newborn to stop crying, try taking her out for a stroll around the block as long as the weather is decent. Placing your baby in her stroller to go for a walk works the same way as taking her for a drive around the block.
The rocking motions from the stroller can be enough to calm your little one down and even help get her to go to sleep or take a nap. Always make sure to dress your baby weather appropriate.
11 Blow Some Mesmerizing Bubbles
Who doesn’t love watching or playing with bubbles, right? If you are looking for an interesting way to get your newborn to stop crying try blowing some bubbles. It honestly doesn’t even matter if you are blowing bubbles with chewing gum.
This usually does the trick and it grabs your baby’s attention in an almost mesmerizing way. If you are going to buy everyone’s favorite childhood past time – bubbles – from the store, make sure that the solution is non-toxic.
Blowing bubbles can also be another excellent way for you to bond with your little miracle. So go ahead and have some fun with your newborn!
10 Spend Some One-On-One Time Together
Sometimes when a newborn doesn’t seem to want to calm down, just spending some quality one-on-one time with your little one can be a great way to soothe her and stop the tears. You can try any of the things on this list or come up with your own imaginative way to spend some time with your baby. You can read to her, play peek-a-boo, recite some nursery rhymes, give your baby a massage, the possibilities are endless.
When spending quality time with your little one, try to put your cell phone down. You can always scroll through social media after your time together.
9 Warm Baths Can Stop The Tears
If your baby is fond of bath time, try giving your child a soothing bath to help combat your baby’s blues. They sell lavender scented baby bath products which can go that extra mile during bath time to help comfort your baby. This will only work if your baby happens to like bath time. Otherwise, she may start to become even fussier.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if your baby’s umbilical cord stump has yet to fall off, you may want to skip this option altogether. This is because newborns who still have their stump should only be receiving sponge baths until it falls off naturally to avoid the risk of an infection.
8 Turn On Some Running Water
Even as adults, we love to watch and listen to the peaceful and relaxing view and sounds of waterfalls. It can be hypnotizing. It’s no wonder that just simply turning on the bathroom or kitchen faucet can have tremendous soothing and comforting effects on a little one.
For some babies, this may be the only method you need to get them to calm down. It can create a pleasant Zen type feeling.
Always make sure to never leave your baby alone near water. Even the smallest amount of water can pose as a risk for drowning. It is always better to safe than sorry.
7 Rocking In All Directions
Some moms only try rocking their little one back and forth, but rocking in all different directions can have a much better effect on newborns. The rocking motions help mimic the motions your baby felt while she was still safe inside the womb. You don’t want to rock your baby too hard, either. Remember to be gentle with your little one.
You don’t have to be a contortionist to be able to rock your baby in different directions. Always make sure to have a firm but gentle grip on your child to avoid the risk of dropping her. Also, always make sure that whenever you are holding your baby that you are supporting her delicate head and neck.
6 Swaddling For Comfort
If this is your first child, most maternity wards have a nurse show you how to swaddle your little one before sending you home. Swaddling can be an excellent way to help comfort your crying newborn. It is said that it reminds babies of being inside the womb.
Every baby is different, but on average you can swaddle your child until she is between 4 and 6-months-old, according to Nestedbean.com. Once your baby starts becoming more active and starts taking her arms out of the swaddle, it may be time to look at other methods of comforting your little one.
5 Massages Are Great
Massages can work miracles not only for adults but for babies as well – even for newborns. Next time your little one is feeling cranky, you can try giving your baby a soothing massage. You can start by rubbing your child’s tummy and making sure to get her arms, legs, back, and even her hands and feet.
For an added effect, they sell baby lotion in a lovely lavender scent which can further help promote comfort and relaxation. Make sure that your touch is always gentle. Giving your baby a massage is also a great way to bond with your daughter.
4 Place In A Baby Sling
Baby slings have become very popular among young moms and it can be just what you have been searching for to help comfort your crying newborn. Babies love to be close to their mother, so it is only natural that placing your baby in a baby sling can have a calming effect.
Before using anything close to a baby sling, please make sure to read all the instructions on how to use the particular one you purchased. It is imperative for the health and safety of your precious little one. Improper use of baby slings can become a dangerous risk.
3 Play An Audiobook
If you don’t feel up to singing or reading to your baby, you can try playing an audiobook in the background. Since your child is only a newborn, it really doesn’t matter what audiobook you are playing as long as the one you selected has a soothing and comforting female voice.
If you don’t have an audiobook, you can also try recording your own voice while reading a book and allowing that to play in the backdrop instead. Using your own voice can have better effects than using a stranger’s voice. This should help get the tears to stop falling.
2 Adjust The Temperature
At times, tweaking things a bit is more than enough to comfort a newborn baby. Next time your little one is fussy and you are sure all of her basic needs are met, you can try to adjust the temperature in the room. Just like with adults, when we get too hot or too cold we tend to feel uncomfortable and cranky too.
According to BabyGooroo.com, the perfect temperature for a newborn baby is between 68° and 72°F. You always want to make sure that your child is not too hot or too cold. When a baby gets overheated, the chance of SIDS increases.
1 The Washing Machine Technique
This next method to help get your newborn to stop crying is simply genius and may be quite surprising for many moms. If you have a washer or dryer in your home, that is all you are going to need. Place your newborn in her car seat and switch on the washer or dryer. Then, place your little one’s car seat on top of the washer or dryer to have the vibrations from the machine soothe her. It may even be enough to get your baby to fall asleep as well.
If you are going to try this method, make sure you never, ever leave your baby unattended on top of the machines to prevent the risk of the vibrations making the car seat tumble to the ground.