Mother and Baby

6 Clever Ways To Calm A Crying Baby

Just as all babies cry, all mums equally hate hearing their babies cry. So arm yourself with some techniques to combat the howls

Aside from explosive nappies and general exhaustion, dealing with crying is one of the main challenges when you become a mum. And although all babies are different, you’ll find there are a few clever tricks that can settle even the most cranky bub.


Although singing is often suggested for calming a crying baby, humming can be even more effective so long as you’re holding your baby close to you as you do it. The vibrating sensation will soothe him and hopefully stop his tears.

Take him into the shower

Your baby might not like being directly under the water, but he will be soothed by the noise and warmth of standing in a shower with you. Just make sure the water’s not too hot and you’re holding him tightly.

Distract him

If he’s not tired or hungry, but just seems bored and irritable, try something fun that will make him laugh, such as playing peekaboo or blowing raspberries on his neck.

If he’s not tired or hungry, but just seems bored and irritable, try something fun that will make him laugh

Wrap him tightly

It sounds unlikely but sometimes a newborn’s own limbs frighten him because he can’t control them and they move up and down just as he’s trying to go to sleep. In which case, he’ll be soothed by being wrapped up tightly in a blanket.

Take him outside

There’s something about the change of temperature that can often calm your baby’s shouts. It’s aslo the fresh air and change to the light, so wrap your baby up warm, pop him in a sling or in your pram and head out for a walk – he’ll be asleep by the end of the road, we reckon.

Stay calm yourself

When your own stress levels increase, this can easily be passed onto your baby, so the first thing to do is to take a deep breath and stay calm yourself.

Related content:

© Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group consists of: Bauer Consumer Media Ltd, Company number: 01176085,  Bauer Radio Ltd, Company Number: 1394141 Registered Office: Media House, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA H Bauer Publishing, Company Number: LP003328 Registered Office: Academic House, 24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT. All registered in England and Wales. VAT no 918 5617 01

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd are authorised and regulated by the FCA (Ref No. 710067)