Newborn babies can be a handful regardless of how adorable and tiny they are. Between the late-night feedings and sleep deprivation, every little hack, tip, and trick can be a lifesaver for new parents. If you have a fussy little one who you can’t seem to get to stop crying, you are in the right place.
Look no further because we have 10 amazing tips and tricks to help get your newborn to stop crying. Even seasoned moms can benefit from learning new ways to soothe their newborn. Little things like blowing bubbles or playing with the light switch may be all a mom needs to quiet and amuse her little one. Continue reading to learn more!
Sometimes all you need is your favorite childhood pastime and a few bucks in order to entertain and soothe your little one. Blowing bubbles is almost a guaranteed way to distract a newborn enough to get them to stop crying.
It doesn’t even matter if you buy the bubble solution from the store or blow a bubble with chewing gum – either way is good enough to mesmerize a baby. This is even a trick that can continue to work to calm a child as they grow.
Simply turning on a hair dryer, fan, or even a vacuum cleaner can be more than enough to get a newborn to stop crying. Items like these that make a whooshing type noise are known to calm newborns down, since it almost mimics the sounds of being inside the womb that the baby grew accustomed to for nine long months.
However, this trick only seems to work on newborns, since it tends to scare and frighten older babies and children.
As long as you are not a superstitious person, this next method might be just what you have been looking for. If your little one is cranky and you need help calming him or her down, try placing your baby in front of a mirror.
The shiny and reflective surface can often be enough to get a baby to stop crying. Even though newborns are too young to recognize their own reflection, it still serves as a good distraction method.
There is just something so calming and soothing about watching and listening to water running. Even as adults, most of us find the sights and sounds of a waterfall to be peaceful. That is why taking a crying newborn to a faucet and just letting the water run can work like a charm to get them to stop crying.
Always keep in mind that you should never leave a baby or child alone near water for any reason. Experts suggest that children shouldn’t be left alone near water until they are at least 8-years-old.
Most people only think of rocking their little one from side to side when they are fussy, but rocking in all different directions is actually more beneficial. Always make sure that you are firmly holding your baby and try rocking them from side to side, back and forth, and even move around a little bit.
All the different movements and motions can mimic how the newborn used to get rocked while still inside the womb, as mom would walk or move around.
Sometimes, just hearing the sound of moms soothing voice can be enough to get a newborn to stop crying, so don’t be afraid to use your voice. You can try reading or reciting your favorite childhood story or nursery rhyme.
You can even try making up your own silly song or rhyme or put a spin on something more traditional. It doesn’t really matter what method you use, as long as you are speaking or singing in a calm and soothing voice.
A little-known trick to calm a crying newborn is by making the “om” sound. A father once recorded himself on video trying this trick to soothe his newborn baby girl and it worked like magic every time. Sometimes, it really is the simplest of things that work like a charm when you are trying frantically to calm your little one down.
If – for whatever reason – chanting “om” isn’t working as well as you would like, you can also try saying the more traditional, “shh, shh, shh” in your baby’s ear while rocking her.
To calm down and distract a crying newborn, you can simply try flipping the light switch on and off. This is a little trick that is free to try and use but can ultimately be a priceless tool to add to your arsenal of tricks and hacks to help soothe your little one.
Once your little one sees the flick of the light going on and off, it will be sure to capture their attention and make them forget that they were crying. Your baby gets a free light show out of the deal, too, which will surely put a smile on their face.
This next method won’t just help your baby to dry their eyes, it might also help them to fall asleep as well. Try downloading and playing an audiobook narrated by a soothing and calming voice. It is the next best thing to using your own voice to soothe your little one.
You could also try recording your own voice for an even greater effect. Since newborns aren’t able to comprehend what we are saying just yet, it honestly doesn’t matter which audiobook you put on (or book you record yourself reading), as long as the tone of voice is right.
It is no surprise that babies are comforted by movement and vibrations. So, next time you can’t get your little one to stop crying, you can try placing your baby in their car seat and setting them on top of the washing machine or dryer. Just be sure that you don’t leave your baby unattended while doing so, since the potential for the vibrations to shimmy the car seat off the top is very real.
Not only can trying this calm a newborn down, but it may also make them fall asleep as well. It is almost like mimicking the vibrations that a baby would feel during a car ride, and you don’t even have to leave your house!