5 Ways to Get Your Baby to Stop Crying

A few months ago, Dr. Robert Hamilton posted a four-minute video on How to Calm a Crying Baby that swept the internet. The video details the doctor’s secret for turning down the noise with a method he calls, “The Hold.”

The Hold has become a go-to for sleep-deprived parents, but if you’re one of those who has had no such luck with the viral video, we’re chiming in with five other ways to soothe your fussy Mini.

Below are our favorite five ways to get your baby to stop crying.

Try a swing
We’ve recommended the 4moms mamaRoo to just about every parent-to-be this side of the Milky Way and for great reasons. The right swing can mimic the moves a parent makes- bouncing up and down, swaying from side to side. Other motions like Car Ride, Tree Swing and the Wave can soothe even the crankiest of babes.

Turn on the dryer
Many parents have resorted to household items like the dryer to put their babies at ease. The gentle whirring and buzzing can be calming and even put them to sleep! But it’s not just the dryer, a washing machine or the vacuum cleaner can also do the trick. 

Up your swaddle game
There’s a reason swaddle blankets are an essential for new parents and it’s not just because the patterns are cute. Learning how to wrap your baby in a cozy swaddle will be an invaluable lesson you’ll use over and over again. You might also want to try the SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby which comes with its own swaddle and has helped MANY new parents with their sleep struggles.

Use an app
Crying baby? There’s an app for that. Turn on Spotify and browse the Sleep category where you can find soft piano tunes, gentle rain sounds and white noise galore. Sleepy Sounds and Noisli can also prove useful as baby’s new favorite lullaby. We also love the Lollipop and Nanit monitors with built-in sound to hush babies to sleep.

Try a baby massage
Many babies find stroking across their face, arms and legs sends them right into dreamland. With the tip of your finger, try softly tracing the outline of baby’s face, their eyebrows and down the bridge of their nose.

Another bedtime must-do? Story time! Here’s why you should start reading to your kids more.

What are your secrets to calming a crying baby? Tell us below!

Opening Image: Jenna Potter for The Grace Tales