The following suggestions are ways in which parents have helped sooth their babies or cope with excessive crying :

Is baby hungry?
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  • Offer breastfeed or bottlefeed

Is baby thirsty?
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  • Offer drink from spoon or bottle

Is baby in pain?
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  • Check for illness or allergies with GP or Health Visitor
  • Offer the breast, bottle or dummy
  • Offer cool boiled water, an infant colic remedy e.g. baby herbal remedy,Infacol, gripe water
  • Try gentle massaging of baby’s tummy
  • Try changing baby’s position
  • Pick baby tip and walk about with him/her – a sling can be helpful
  • Try gently rocking up and down

Is baby tired but fights sleep?
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  • Offer breast, bottle
  • Try rocking baby horizontally in your arms or in the pram/pushchair
  • Try a rocking or swinging cradle
  • Try a quieter room
  • Leave baby to cry for a short time
  • Try a softer light or a darker room
  • Use a baby soother cassette or sing to your baby
  • Some very quiet background noises may soothe baby. Try ticking clocks,or make cassettes of vacuum cleaners, hairdryer noises, etc.
  • Check that baby is comfortable and that he/she is not too hot or cold. Check tummy to gauge temperature.
  • Car rides or pram walks may help baby to fall asleep
  • Let baby sleep in fresh air
  • Try a warm bath

Is baby fighting at the breast?
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  • Check baby’s position at the breast, most of your nipple should be insidethe baby’s mouth
  • Check baby’s nose is free of the breast (his/her head should be tilted back slightly)
  • Let baby suck on a dummy and substitute breast quickly
  • Check to see whether his/her nose is blocked and consult Health Visitoror GP if necessary
  • Try chancing feeding position, e.g. sitting up, lying down
  • Is there too little milk? Feed more frequently
  • Consult Health Visitor. GP or a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) counsellor if you are still experiencing problems

Difficulty bottle feeding?
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  • Try a different bottle or teat
  • Check the size of the teal hole and change to a different size if necessarv
  • Try offering bottles more frequently for a few days
  • Leave half an hour. Then try once again

Is baby uncomfortable?
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  • Change baby’s nappy
  • Try different nappies or leave of plastic pants
  • Let baby kick nappy-free
  • Check for nappy rash – consult Health Visitor
  • Check for clothing rashes
  • Check babies temperature by feeling tummy – adjust clothing accordingly.-

Sensitive Baby
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  • Handle and talk to baby gently and quietly
  • Do not overwhelm baby with stimulation
  • Try a quieter enviroment. Try to keep to a routine and limit the number of visitor

Is baby generally cranky?
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  • Check for illness consult Health Visitor or GP
  • Talk to your baby
  • Play with him/her: use toys or safe household objects
  • Let baby kick nappy-free
  • Try using a sling to carry baby around
  • Try a bouncing chair or baby bouncer (always follow manufacturers guidelines)
  • Take baby out in pram or buggy
  • Visit a friend
  • Comfort by gentle rocking movement or soothing noise
  • Offer baby a feed
  • Massage baby and give warm bath
  • Consult registered homoeopath. Try infant herbal remedies or infant colic remedies
  • Consult a registered cranial osteopath with paediatric experience

Still crying?
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  • Put baby down, shut door, walk out of room for a break
  • Give baby to someone else for a few hours if possible
  • Use any time away from baby to look after yourself. Eat well and unwind
  • Go out with baby
  • Phone your Health Visitor. GP. , the CRY-SIS Helpline (Tel : 020 7404 5011), friend or relative
  • Adopted with kind permission from Pat Gray’s ‘ Crying Baby – How to cope’


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Night-time Crying
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  • Checklist and ideas for settling a baby under a year old
  • Make sure baby is not hungry or thirsty.
  • Check that baby is comfortable and that his/her nappy is clean and dry.
  • Make sure the clothing is not too tight.
  • Is baby too hot or too cold? Check baby’s tummy temperature.
  • Rhythmic movement often settles babies. Rocking in a pram and gentle swinging in a crib can have a hypnotic effect. Baby slings are useful as they provide continual movement plus the security of Mum or Dad.
  • Some babies like light, others prefer the dark.
  • Soother tapes and devices may help babies fall asleep. A bedtime routine is a worthwhile investment for the future. This is best introduced as soon as possible with perhaps a warm bath before bedtime and a quiet feed and cuddle before sleep.
  • From 3 months babies are becoming aware of their environment, so other methods of settling them to sleep can be considered. Mobiles and soft playthings above the cot prevent boredom and make baby’s cot a more enjoyable place to be.
  • As babies get older a particular toy or “cuddly” can be encouraged so that baby is more secure on his/her own. Soft toys in the cot can act as insulators – avoid overheating baby.
  • Many of them find their own fingers and thumbs to suck for comfort.