The following information is from the NSPCC.
Being a parent can be amazing and stressful at the same time. Staying relaxed and being able to calm your crying baby makes a big difference. It might take time to get to know your baby’s personality and what they like. To help you, we’ve put together some things you can try to help soothe your baby when they cry.
When your baby is upset or crying, try gently rocking them:
Babies constantly move inside the womb, so slow and soothing movements can be very comforting.
Every baby is different, so try different things to see what your baby likes.
You could hold them:
Keeping your baby close will help them to feel safe.
If your baby is restless or crying, take them outside for a short walk. Babies sometimes like to feel the air on their faces. A short car journey or bus ride can also be very soothing.
Babies are used to hearing soft and rhythmic sounds inside the womb, so to help soothe your baby you could:
If your baby’s crying gets too much:
As long as your baby is safe, just focus on feeling calm. Only go back if your baby suddenly goes quiet. You shouldn’t leave your baby alone regularly, but sometimes it is more important to give yourself the chance to calm down.
If you’re struggling to cope, talk to other parents, friends or family members. Sometimes a friendly voice or some new ideas are all you need.
You can also talk to your:
These resources from the NSPCC are not available in Welsh:
For more information and advice visit the crying section on the NSPCC website.