Okay momma’s – we’ve all been there: sometimes it’s during the day – most the time it seems to happen at night when we are at our most tired. For whatever reason – your little lovebug isn’t sleeping or being particularly fussy and you’re not quite sure what the heck happened…
It’s cool – don’t worry! I’ve got you boo.
Here’s a list of 20 Ideas that calmed my super-fussy baby to a point where we could both get back to sleep!
To calm a fussy baby can be tough and emotionally draining – try these ideas and find the solution that works best for your family.
Some will be obvious – some are often overlooked…
20 Ideas to Calm a Fussy Baby
- Maybe she’s hungry – offer a warm bottle or some of momma’s milk.
- Check the diaper – might as well go with the normal routine here…
- While your are down there checking the damage in the diaper, look for any redness or rashes that might be bothersome.
Check out this neat little all-natural rash cream from
Sarah at MrsJanuary!
- Did she ever eat a little? Try burping her now – pats on the back or soft rubs up her back.
- If her tummy feels tight, she might be gassy – try a baby massage and bicycle her legs to reduce pressure that might be hurting her tummy.
- If your baby isn’t rolling over yet – try swaddling!
Use this swaddle hack for those hulk-ishly strong babies!
***Do not swaddle a baby that can roll over!***
- Rock, quietly “Ssshhhhh…”, and cuddle your baby in a chair (You can take a break this way too!)
- ‘Skin to Skin’ cuddling might help newborns – sometimes they just need to smell mommy or offer a shirt of yours to snuggle (it should smell like you!)
- Does the baby feel hot? Check her temperature with a thermometer and if so – you can find tips here if you think she might be getting sick.
- Still no luck? Now it’s time to ask Daddy to take a turn if he’s available. (Or someone close)
- Try stepping outside (if it’s daytime) – watch the cars drive by and point things out. Sometimes they just need a little fresh air.
- Have a swing or a safe place to put them while they watch you vacuum? The noise helped my son in the early months!
- Speaking of sounds, try heading over to youtube for some videos of white noise (they have one’s that are multiple hours long!)
- Think they might be teething? Offer a semi-frozen washcloth or some cold teethers to help reduce pain without medication.
- If you know it’s teething, and cold chewies aren’t working – ask the pharmacist about acetaminophen usage for your baby while you’re at the store.
- If none of these have worked so far, put the baby in a safe place (the crib or bassinet) and take a 5-10 minute break. It can be hard but you might both benefit from it.
- Do you suspect she is just awake and not interested in sleeping? Try snuggling and watching a colorful, quiet show to settle down. Look on Youtube or On Demand!
- Oh she isn’t interested in sitting down and being quiet? Well turn on some music and dance with her. Burn some energy off and get in a better mood with some Beyonce.
- I hate suggesting this because I haven’t ever made it to this point of struggle, but if absolutely nothing else works – go for a car ride. It can be a total pain but after everything else has been tried – might as well right?
- If your baby is literally non-stop crying for 3 or more hours every day (rather consistently for over 3 weeks) – your baby might have colic! If this sounds like your situation – you can read more about how to go down that road right here.
20 Ideas to Calm a Fussy Baby