Got a Wailing Baby? Here are 19 Smart Ways to Stop the Crying -- Right Now!

Few things can bring a parent to tears faster than a crying baby. Try these smart tips to find what works for your baby -- and improve everyone's mood in no time (20 Photos)

Kathy Ehrich Dowd on Oct 6, 2011 at 5:34PM

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19 Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby

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a Kathy Ehrich Dowd on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:22AM

Need to stop the tears -- stat?!? Watching your little bundle of joy sob her eyes out can make you crazy, even if you know it's completely normal. But before you break down yourself, go through these 19 smart soothing tips to find the one that's going to help you both feel better. One of them is bound to work -- at least for today. If your baby's like most infants, you might need to try a different one tomorrow!

Talk Her Up
It's hard to imagine that it could be this easy, but sometimes a reassuring word from Mom or Dad might be all a baby needs to relax. "I have soothed many a newborn by picking them up and just talking calmly to them," says Dr. Ari Brown, author of Baby 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year. "I like to think they're crying because they're saying 'Will someone please pay attention to me?!?'" If your voice isn’t doing the trick, try a loudish "shushing" sound instead.

(Wondering if your baby is crying too much? Ask your doctor if it might be colic -- you can learn more about it here. Also call your doc if your baby refuses a few feedings in a row, has diarrhea, is vomiting or lethargic, hasn't had a wet diaper in over six hours, has a fever of 100.4 or above or if you just think something is wrong.)  

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