Many parents and caregivers ask what they can try to soothe their crying infant. Here are ten things that you can do to try to calm your infant. Remember that while many of these suggestions will work most of the time, nothing will work all of the time. When you begin to become very frustrated with a baby’s crying it is time to set the infant in a safe place and walk away.

Find more tips to deal with frustration and anger.

Feed Your Baby


Hunger is the main reason that a baby will cry. If you aren’t breastfeeding, try paced-bottle feeding, the best way to give a baby a bottle.


Burp Your Baby



Built up air in baby’s stomach can be painful.


Bathe Your Baby


Giving your baby a lukewarm bath is a great soothing technique, but remember to never leave your baby unattended.


Massage Your Baby


A gentle massage on a baby back, arms, or legs can be very comforting.


Make Eye Contact With Your Baby and Smile


Eye-to-eye contact with your baby when they are crying can distract and comfort them.


Kiss Your Baby


This can help lessen the tension during fierce crying episodes.

Sing Softly

Lullabies were created because of their effectiveness at calming crying babies.

Shhhhh or Hum in a Low Tone Against Your Babies Head


Dad’s usually do this soothing feature best.


Run a Vacuum Cleaner


The noise from a vacuum is referred to as white noise which is any sound produces a loud, neutral, masking sound. Babies find these noises hypnotising.

Take Your Baby for a Ride in the Car

The vibrations from a car have a sleep inducing effect on babies. Always make sure your baby is secure in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat.

“If you do everything right and your baby continues to cry, that is still OK.
It does not mean that your baby is sick, ill or abnormal.”

Common Features and Principles of Soothing by Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP (C)
Common Sense and Well Tried Soothing Methods by Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP (C)
Soothing Methods to Avoid by Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCP (C)