How to Understand Newborn and Stop a Baby from Crying at Night

The best way to stop a baby from crying is practice. As parents become more attuned with their newborns they begin to notice cues that help tell them what the baby is crying for.

  • Crying is the way for a baby to communicate its needs to its parents or carers

Ways to Stop a Baby from Crying

Here are some of the most common reasons why a baby cries depending on what is causing the tears.

Dirty Diaper

  • Check the diaper of a crying baby to see if it has been soiled
  • If yes, replace it.

Hunger

  • This is another very common reason why babies cry.
  • In general, babies feed every 2 hours.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended but babies can also make use of formula.
  • Crying that falls in this 2 hour schedule will most likely be due to hunger.
  • It is important to answer to hunger as soon as possible so that the baby does not get too distressed.
  • When the baby cries during a feeding because the parent was not able to feed it immediately, it could swallow air and that could cause colic.

Colic

  • This is very painful for babies and is one of the major reasons for crying
  • To avoid this, parents should burp their babies after each feeding.

Fatigue

  • A baby can also cry because it is tired
  • This can also happen when the baby has missed a nap
  • Rocking the baby or taking a drive in the car can help to get the baby to sleep.

Too Much Stimulation

  • A baby can cry when it has been stimulated too much
  • In this situation, white noise may be helpful.
  • Some babies may also be soothed by the sound of running water or by the vacuum cleaner running in another room.

Teething

  • Teething is painful for babies
  • Teething rings that have been cooled can help soothe the pain

How to Stop a Baby From Crying at Night

Crying at night is normal for baby, but it can be very distressing for a parent, here are some tips to help keep a baby from crying at night.

  • Have the crib near the parents’ bed – this helps to allow the parents to get to the baby immediately when it starts to cry.
  • Become Familiar with the baby’s schedule