Infant communication is mostly limited to crying and it is the only way that babies can attract the attention of their parents and let them know that they need something. The art of interpreting their wails and moans and figure out why the baby is crying depends on the skills of parents, which develop with time. In the beginning, it may take you some time to understand why your baby is crying as its not always to communicate hunger that the babies howl. There may be other reasons behind the baby becoming cantankerous. Here are some tips to know how to calm your cranky baby.
How to Calm Your Cranky Baby
Hunger is the most common reason for crying babies and easiest to deal with. Feeding the babies may soothe them almost instantly.
Baby wailing just after the feed may indeed be asking you to help him pass the wind. Hold him in the upright position against your shoulder for the purpose.
Babies try to attract your attention after wetting their nappies for a diaper change. Do not delay it long for it may cause nappy rash.
Babies may cry if they are feeling too hot or too cold. So, use an appropriate blanket and monitor the room temperature according to the baby's needs.
Some mischievous, naughty infant may just feel neglected, if you leave them alone for long and cry to be held. Carry them in a sling or baby carrier so that you can move about with your baby and yet get the work done.
If the babies are very tired, they might cry themselves to sleep. Massaging them can help them soothe too, in such cases. They are usually their happy self after the restful nap.
It has been observed that cranial osteopaths can gently massage baby's head and neck to soothe them after a difficult birth experience.
Very high-pitched tones or frantic crying may mean that your baby is really ill and needs professional medical help. Go and see the doctor immediately.
Some babies have a tendency to cry incessantly because of new experiences, lights, noises and stimulations or may be precocious enough to try to do things they are still not capable of physically and cry in frustration. Such crankiness of babies usually disappears with age, maturity and development.
If the crying baby is getting on your nerves, you may need to vent out your feeling by punching a pillow, have a warm bath, talk to someone who would listen patiently to you, ask somebody to take care for the baby for a few hours and take a short break or seek advice from the doctor.