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How to Soothe a Crying Baby

There’s nothing worse than holding your crying baby and feeling helpless…what do you do? How do you help them? Sometimes, you try everything to comfort them and nothing works.

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing a few ideas to help you soothe a crying baby when you’re feeling helpless, you’ve tried the basics, and you’re not sure what to do.

1. Turn on white noise. For some babies, rhythmic whooshing sounds may remind them of the womb. Try a white noise machine, “shhhhhhh” sounds, a hair dryer, or a fan for these soothing sounds.

Studies suggest that combining white noise sounds with carrying or rocking your baby can trigger a calming response in their brain, letting their muscles relax and heart rate slow. So try both together!

2. Protect your baby from the elements. Whether indoors or out, elements like sound, light, rain, heat, and cold can be incredibly agitating for your baby. We invented Quilbie, an innovative baby cover made with patented CalmTech™ materials that creates a protected, womb-like environment to soothe and calm your baby. Learn more about Quilbie and shop covers here.

3. Try a surprising distraction. Babies can get stuck in crying even when the source of their distress (like hunger) has disappeared. It can be hard for them to calm down, and distractions can help. Try offering them a surprising distraction like a toy, a recording of the sound of their own voice, or a laugh.

4. Sing or play music. Try out all different types of music and songs to see what helps your baby. Music has been shown to help calm the nervous system, and some doctors say babies may be especially soothed by the familiar, calming sound of their mom singing. So play some music you like and sing along - it could help your baby finally calm down!

We hope these simple tips help the next time your baby just won’t stop crying. Parents, let us know in the comments or on Instagram - what other tips would you share?