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How to Calm a Crying Baby: 5 Tried and Tested Tips from a Baby Photographer

As a baby photographer’s, we have seen our fair share of fussy babies who just won’t settle down. It can be tough for any new mum to deal with a crying baby, especially when you’re already feeling sleep deprived and overwhelmed. But fear not! I’ve gathered some of our tried and tested tips for calming a baby, so you can both get some much-needed rest.

Take a Deep Breath

This is probably the most difficult, but also the most effective tip. A baby’s mood often mirrors those around them, so the more stressed you get, the more agitated the baby will become, creating a vicious cycle. On the flip side, a happy and relaxed mum often means a happy and relaxed baby.

 

Take long, deep breaths. Deep breathing helps calm the nervous system, reduce stress, and bring your own heart rate down. Remind yourself that babies cry, and that it’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Maybe make yourself a cup of tea and just take a second. If you are calm and relaxed, it will help your baby feel secure, which will in turn help them settle.

The power of touch

Babies love being close to their parents, so skin-to-skin contact is a great way to soothe a crying baby. Strip your baby down to their nappy and hold them against your bare chest. This can help regulate their breathing, heart rate, and temperature, and create a feeling of safety and security.

Soothing Sounds

Babies are used to hearing noise in the womb, so the sudden silence outside can be unsettling. It’s often suggested to play some sort of white noise, but I’ve personally found that soft music works better. In the studio, we try to have tunes that are upbeat but with a slow to moderate tempo. This works especially well if it’s music that you also enjoy or find relaxing. Combine this with speaking to your baby in low, soothing tones, and it can work wonders.

Swaddling

Swaddling is a technique where you wrap your baby snugly in a blanket to mimic the feeling of being in the womb. This can help calm a fussy baby and prevent them from startling themselves awake. Just make sure to leave enough room for their hips and legs to move freely.

More information on Swaddling Safety can be found here:

Mini guide: how to swaddle a baby safely | Baby & toddler articles & support | NCT

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Motion

Babies love movement, so rocking, bouncing, or swaying can help calm them down. You can try using a baby swing or bouncy seat but simply holding them in your arms and walking around is often the best bet. Whatever you do try to keep to movement steady and gentle and slow the pace as the baby settles.  

Finally, there are many ways to calm a crying baby, and what works for one baby may not work for another. Don’t be afraid to try different techniques and see what works for you and your little one. And remember, it’s okay to ask for help. Being a mum is hard work, but you’ve got this!


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