What’s the one thing that babies do a lot? They cry; and sometimes for no apparent reason.

The fact is, babies spend a large part of their day doing one of three things – sleeping, feeding and crying. As a new parent (and especially a first-time parent), you may find yourself completely unprepared and clueless to how to pacify your baby.

Don’t let this be a cause for concern. Thousands of parents around the world are experiencing what you are. But the good thing is, there are a few really creative ways in which parents can comfort their babies and keep them calm and happy.

Here are some things you can try:

1. Tighten the baby’s swaddle

Babies who are tightly swaddled with their arms across their chests are more at peace, compared to babies who are loosely swaddled.

If your baby is just refusing to settle down, swaddle her as tight as you can and gently rock her up and down. 

2.  Feed her, burp her or change her diapers

A lot of times, babies cry because they’re hungry, gassy or wet.

Feeding them, burping them and changing their diapers cannot only keep them at peace but also keep them busy and distracted. 

2.  Feed her, burp her or change her diapers

A lot of times, babies cry because they’re hungry, gassy or wet.

Feeding them, burping them and changing their diapers cannot only keep them at peace but also keep them busy and distracted. 

3. Walk your baby up and down the room

Many parents mistakenly believe that keeping their baby in a sleeping position relaxes her. But this isn’t true. Evolutionarily, babies are evolved to be carried around by their caregivers. So, when your little one starts to get fussy, pick her up and walk around the room. The gentle bouncing motion should comfort her.

4.  Use a rocker or a bouncer to keep her occupied

Apart from walking, a baby bouncer or a rocking chair are excellent ways to keep your baby busy and distracted. In fact, if you can’t play with your baby every time she sets up a wail, a baby bouncer or a rocker is an excellent way to self-soothe.

4.  Use a rocker or a bouncer to keep her occupied

Apart from walking, a baby bouncer or a rocking chair are excellent ways to keep your baby busy and distracted. In fact, if you can’t play with your baby every time she sets up a wail, a baby bouncer or a rocker is an excellent way to self-soothe.

5. Swing her to sleep

In addition to baby bouncers and rockers, another baby furniture you can use to calm your stressed baby is a newborn swing. Just place your baby inside the swing and swing her back and forth. The smooth and slow movement can lull your baby to sleep. Many babies also love the feel of the swinging movement and won’t make a peep when they’re in a swing.

6. Drive around the block

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Many babies find the vibrations of the car in-motion to be very calming, and they love feeling the breeze on their face. The sway of the vehicle also helps them fall asleep, putting a stop to their fussing.

Similarly, taking your baby out for a stroll in her stroller will also help her relax.

7. Use the Kangaroo care technique to soothe her

The Kangaroo Care technique is a life-saving newborn care method that is particularly helpful if your baby is a preemie. When your baby starts crying, pick her up and place her against your bare chest and hug her tightly.

The warmth from the skin-to-skin contact and the steady sound of your heartbeat will put the two of you in perfect harmony and will really calm your alarmed baby. In fact, research has shown that skin-to-skin contact, like in the Kangaroo Care technique, increases oxytocin (the happy hormone) in babies, lowering their stress levels.

8. Talk, sing or read to your baby

An excellent way to divert your baby’s attention and to keep her occupied is to talk to her. Babies grow up listening to their mother’s voices, right from their time in the womb. Your voice will be particularly soothing to her when she’s in pain, shock or fear. Talk to your baby, sing her a lullaby or read from a baby book. This will stop the tears immediately.

9. Give her a pacifier

The suckling reflex is one of the primal reflexes of newborns. It is also one of the most soothing actions for your baby. If your baby just doesn’t stop crying and her crying is getting hysterical, give her a pacifier. This should calm her down in no time.

Even when she isn’t crying, a pacifier can keep your baby relaxed and at peace.

10. Play with your baby

Babies love attention, and they absolutely love to be played with. Your newborn is very delicate. To engage in gentle play. Lift her hands up and put them down.

Make a gentle bicycle motion from her legs. Tickle her tummy and the base of her feet. Uncurl her tightly fisted fingers and gently rub each finger. This can be very comforting for the baby. You can even blow raspberries on her stomach. Babies love that.

You should even make gurgling noises at your baby and coo to her. Babies love listening to voices, and that’ll be a great way to ensure she doesn’t get bored and start to cry.

11. Try “shushing” your baby

A lot of new parents don’t know that the “shushing” sound you make to babies, actually relaxes them a great deal. Slowly and softly shushing them repeatedly when they’re fussy and about to cry (or crying), is an effortless way to get them to calm down.

12. Gently run soft textures on your baby’s body to distract her

Finally, an enjoyable and entertaining way to keep your baby in harmony with herself and with you is to engage her with special games.

Since your newborn is still developing her sense of touch, she’ll enjoy feeling new things on her body. Run soft and sanitized feathers, beads, towels and toys on her body and allow your baby to feel what it is. Even a fussy or crying baby tends to get distracted with these new sensations, giving you enough time to comfort her and make her happy.

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