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Last Reviewed: April 2017

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Bringing Baby Home

Coping with Baby's Crying

Key Points

  • Crying is your baby's way of telling you something.
  • It's normal to feel worried and irritated if your baby won't stop crying.
  • Ask your partner, a family member or a friend to care for baby while you take a break.
  • If your baby won't stop crying, it doesn't mean you're a bad parent.

Crying is normal. It's your baby's special way of telling you something.

There are many reasons why babies cry. Part of getting to know your new baby is learning what his different cries mean and how to comfort him.

What to do when baby cries

Babies sometimes cry for no reason.

Having a baby who won't stop crying doesn't make you a bad parent.

Check to see if your baby is hungry, needs to be burped or needs a new diaper.

You can also try:

  • Cuddling and talking to your baby.
  • Taking your baby for a walk.
  • Playing soft music or relaxing sounds.
  • Gently massaging your baby.

When baby won't stop crying

It's normal to feel worried or upset if your baby won't stop crying.

Mother with Crying Baby

But remember, babies sometimes cry for no reason. Having a baby who won't stop crying doesn't make you a bad parent.

If your baby won't stop crying, ask your partner, a family member or a friend to care for your baby while you take a break.

If no-one is around to help you and you're alone with your baby, stay calm. Put your baby down in a safe place (such as a crib or bassinet). Go to another room for a few minutes, then come back to your baby and try to calm him again.

Have realistic goals. Know that you can't be a perfect parent all the time. What's important is that you're doing your best and your baby is safe.

Tips for calming yourself

Never shake your baby!

Shaking can damage your baby's brain and may cause death.

No child of any age should EVER be shaken.

Fed, burped, cuddled and changed baby and he's still crying?

Take a break. Place your baby in a safe place in another room, then try calming yourself by:

Speak with a Peel Public Health Nurse
905-799-7700
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216


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