In the early stages of parenthood, things can seem a bit overwhelming. Especially if you’re finding it hard to read the signs of trouble when your baby gets upset and starts crying. Calming a fussy baby isn’t as hard as it may seem.

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your baby has everything that they need to be calm and relaxed. Start by making sure they’re fed, changed, and that they aren’t tired.

If your baby is still fussy, try burping them. Newborns and infants up to six months may have trouble burping on their own and crying is a sign that they may need mommy’s or daddy’s help to get a stubborn bubble out. As your baby grows older, you’ll be able to distinguish between their cries. You’ll know when they’re hungry, when they need a diaper change, and when they’re just a little cranky.

Try swaddling your baby tightly in a blanket with their arms down or holding them on their stomach or side as opposed to their back. Just like adults need to change positions during the night to get comfortable, babies need to do the same.

Talking to your baby in a soothing voice can also help to calm them. Go for a drive. Many babies like the soft hum of a car’s engine coupled with the bouncing vibration of the car’s movement as you drive around.

If leaving the house isn’t an option, try holding them in different positions, such as the football hold, the cradle-carry, the over-the-shoulder hold, or the cradle-carry, as recommends.

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