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Soothing your crying baby

Even if your baby doesn't have colic, trying to comfort a crying baby can be difficult. If you've tried everything and nothing works, try these tips:

  • Swaddle your baby - Wrapping your baby snugly in a blanket can help your baby feel warm and secure.
  • Sound - Try playing soft music or singing a lullaby.
  • Motion - Carry, gently rock, or take your baby for a ride in the car (make sure she's in her car seat.)
  • Rubbing - Rubbing your baby's back or tummy may be soothing, especially she's having gas pains.
  • Suck - Sucking can steady your baby's heart rate, relax his or her stomach, and calm flailing limbs.

The good news is that babies do grow out of this phase. By the time your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old, they'll be better able to soothe themselves and much of the crying will stop.

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