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Your baby is bound to cry a great deal throughout his first year. To begin with, it's his only means of communicating his need for food and comfort, but from around three months you will notice a change. Instead of spending much of his waking time crying, he will use that time to learn about the world around him. The crying spells will lessen, and you will become more adept at understanding what he wants. When your baby cries, your instinct will be to pick him up and cuddle him, you need not worry that by doing so you are spoiling him, or encouraging him to cry more. Your baby needs to know that he can rely on you. Nevertheless, constant bouts of cryirg are exhausting for you. If you find your baby cries so much that you are fast losing patience, seek help from your health visitor: she may be able to put you in touch with other mothers or voluntary organtzations who can help you find ways to cope.

SEVEN WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR CRYING BABY

Offer a feed:

In the first months hunger is the most likely reason for, your baby crying, and offering a feed the most effective way to soothe her - even if that means frequent feeds day and night.If your baby is bottle-fed and sucks hungrily at her bottle with short gaps between feeds, try offering cooled boiled water in a sterile bottle: she may be thirsty.

Cuddle her:

Very often this will be just the sort of loving contact your baby needs to calm down and stop crying. If she quietens when you hold her upright against your shoulder, or face down in your arms, it may have been wind that was making her cry. If she has been passed around for relatives and friends to hold, she may just want a few quiet moments being cuddled by familiar parent.

Rock her rhythmically:

Movement often comforts a fractious baby, and may send her off to sleep. Rock her in your arms, and if she doesn't quieten try rocking faster - perhaps 60 to 70 rocks per minute. Or just jig her up and down by shiftirg from foot to foot, perhaps with your baby in a sling on your tummy. Or rock with her in a rocking chair, if you have one. Or put her in her carrycot and push her to and fro, if you can take her round the block, the gentle bumping over the pavements will often soothe her.

Swaddle him:

Wrap him up quite firmly in, a shawl or blanket, tucking the ends under him to make a neat bundle - it may comfort him to feel safe and secure . Carry him around in your arms still swaddled up until he seems happier, and put him down to sleep on his back without unwrapping him. If your baby is crying because of somethirg you've had to do to him - perhaps he particularly hates being dressed or washed, for example - swaddling may be the best way to reassure and calm him, and restore his good temper.

Pat her:

Rhythmically patting and rubbing her back or tummy will often calm her help her to bring up wind. The feel of your hand will often comfort her when you first put her down to change her nappy, too.

Give him something to suck:

Almost all babies are soothed by sucking. Your clean little finger will probably work like magic, pacifying him and sometimes sending him to sleep. He may well suck his own fist from an early age.-If you want to try giving him a dumffiy, use a natural shaped one, and sterilize it before every use.

Distract your baby:

Something to look at may make your baby forget why he was crying,at least for a while. Bright, colourful patterns may fascinate him: he will often gaze intently at postcards, wallpaper or-your clothes. Faces and mirrors are also excellent distractions, and a walk round the house to look at photographs or at himself in a mirror may calm your crying baby.

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