10 reasons babies cry (and 30 ways to calm them down)

Baby crying

Babies cry, and some babies cry a lot. Sometimes you’ll understand what your baby is trying to tell you but often it can take a bit of deciphering.

Most commonly, it’s because they are hungry or wet, so feeding and changing are two of the most obvious ways to settle a crying baby. But what if you’ve done this and bub is still crying?

1. They are overtired

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Being sleep-deprived can make anyone grumpy, and an overtired baby is much harder to settle to sleep. There are many things which can help her fall to sleep: try rocking her, try bouncing her gently up and down, try making hushing sounds or singing softly to her, try putting calming music on and walking around with her. You can also try going for a bumpy walk in the pram or even a car ride, which can help babies fall asleep.

Make sure you talk to your health care provider about any ongoing concerns you have about your baby’s crying or discomfort.

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