When babies cry for extended periods, it can begin to take its toll on even the most even-keeled of parents. As such, moms and dads need to have tools in their parenting toolboxes that help them get through the day when the crying does not seem to want to end. And by having ways to stay calm with a crying baby parents will be able to get through the day as unscathed as possible, especially when it feels like there is no end in sight to the crying.
The reason that infants cry is to communicate their needs to their parents. But babies when they have been crying for hours non-stop, it can feel like there is not a particular reason for the waterworks. And if there is no reason for the tears, trying to calm babies can seem like an impossible task. All the more reason why remaining calm is necessary.
Here are ways to keep calm with a crying baby.
10 Take Deep Breaths
Taking deep breaths may seem like an obvious thing to do but when caught up in the moment of dealing with a crying baby, it can be easy to take calming breaths.
According to The American Institute of Stress, deep breathing brings more oxygen to the brain. When this happens, it “promotes a state of calmness.” This is because breathing helps people to focus on their bodies and feel what the stress is doing to them so that they can be mindful. And when mindful, per the publication, a state of calm will result. Something which is necessary when babies only want to cry for a majority of the day.
9 Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Sleep
While parents, and especially mothers, can feel that they are sleep-deprived after getting up night after night to care for babies, it is not always clear how the lack of sleep is affecting the body or mood. But without enough sleep, the ability to have patience goes out the window. One of the very things necessary when caring for crying babies.
According to the Sleep Foundation, when enough sleep has not been had, there are consequences. Those consequences include:
With irritability being one of the symptoms of sleep deprivation, it is clear just how important sleep is so that cooler heads can prevail when babies cry.
8 Step Away To Clear Your Head
If caring for a baby who will not stop crying has become too much, it may be necessary to step away and clear the head. This will ensure that good decisions will be made and parents will be refreshed when they return to comfort their babies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is nothing wrong with putting babies in a safe place if parents feel it best to walk away from the situation for a few moments. While walking away may make the crying worse, if it can put parents in a better head space, taking a moment away from babies is well worth it.
7 Get Out In The Fresh Air
Getting out into the fresh air is not only good for babies but for parents as well. This is because not only does fresh air clear the mind but makes people happier as a result.
According to Laura Grace Weldon, when babies are taken outdoors, they instantly shift their focus. Suddenly, the reason for the crying is no longer as important because there is so much visual stimulation available. As such, babies will begin to calm down. When this happens, parents will calm down as well. And this becomes a win-win situation for all.
6 Do Not Be Embarrassed If Baby Has Needs In Public
If babies have needs to attend to while in public, parents should not be embarrassed to take care of them. Especially if it will help to quell crying babies.
Things such as breastfeeding, diaper changes, and the like may need to be done while out. It can be made more difficult if babies are crying. But, if parents tend to their babies, regardless of what those needs may be, while in public babies may become calmer and the crying will cease.
5 Reach Out To Support Network
Before having babies, mothers need to build up their support network. These are people who can be called in a pinch to take the pressure off of mothers to ensure they are doing the best job possible to care for their babies.
Make the support groups a good mix of friends, families, and even babysitters. This way, if advice is needed, the baby needs to be watched, or if moms need to get away from it all for a bit, there are people in the support group who can help make that happen.
4 Learning What Baby Cries Mean Will Help
In the early days of motherhood, all cries that babies make sound the same. It is not until babies get a bit older and there has been some time spent between moms and their little ones that what babies are trying to communicate becomes clearer.
According to Petit Early Learning Journey, there are different cries that over time, parents should be able to differentiate. Those cries include:
Having a wet diaper
Baby is sick
Uncomfortable from temperature or texture of clothing
Once parents can determine which cry is associated with each feeling, they will better be able to help babies and be able to stay calm in the process.
3 Remember Baby Is Navigating The World For The First Time
Parents need to remember that babies are navigating the world for the first time. As such, there are things that can be overwhelming that make them cry. And sometimes this can happen for no reason.
If parents can take a step back and recognize that everything babies are experiencing is new, they can have some empathy and sympathy for how the little ones feel. And when parents can put themselves in their babies’ shoes, it will go a long way to staying calm.
2 Give Baby Cuddles
Despite the train of thought of some that giving babies cuddles when they are upset will spoil them, nothing could be further from the truth. If parents give their babies comfort when they are upset, they will let the little ones know that Mom and Dad will always be there when needed. And when this is understood, the easier it will be to settle babies.
When parents can easily settle babies simply by picking them up and cuddling them, this is not only beneficial for babies but for parents as well. This will help to keep crying to a minimum. It may mean that babies will need to be held for a longer stretch than normal but if it keeps the peace, it is well worth it.
1 Know That This Phase Will Pass
The bottom line, the never-ending crying stage is a phase. And like all phases, it will pass.
Of course, if there is a problem at hand such as illness, hunger, or the like that needs to be remedied, that is a different situation. But if the tears are seemingly coming out of nowhere, parents need to constantly remind themselves that when babies become comfortable again, the crying will stop. And the household will again be calm for all.
Source: The American Institute of Stress, Sleep Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Laura Grace Weldon, Petit Early Learning Journey
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