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How to Stop a Baby from Crying at Night

By Edited Oct 30, 2016 1 1

You thought your baby had colic so by the time he turned three months old you thought you were free of testing different colic cures. But your baby is crying at night still and you don't have a clue what the problem is. These steps can help you deal with a baby who's crying for no reason.

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Step 1

Don't allow your baby to nap fore more than three hours at a time during the day. If you do, she'll never stay asleep all through the night. If you have to wake her up, do it. The little bit of fuss you get from that will far outweight not hearing your baby crying at night.

Step 2

Establish a routine. The baby is crying at night because he doesn't know there's a difference between night and day. You need to act different to get him to act different. If the baby needs fed or changed at night, keep the lights dimmed, the noises in the room soft and make it all business. Feed him, change him then put him down to sleep again. He'll eventually catch on to the pattern.

Step 3

Remove dairy products from your diet if you're breastfeeding. Everything you eat goes into your baby through your breast milk and your baby may have a dairy allergy. Try it for a month to see if it calms your fussy newborn.

Step 4

Get your baby checked for acid reflux. It may sound like a grown-up problem but many babies suffer from it as well. Mild acid reflux can be solved by burping your baby frequently during meals and keeping her upright for 30 minutes after a meal. If your baby is crying at night still, spitting up often and not gaining weight, she may have severe reflux. This will need diagnosed and treated by a doctor.

Step 5

Call on friends or family to help out, or hire a babysitter experienced with babies. Taking a break can help ease the situation. If your baby feels you are tense, he may get even more frustrated and cry more.

Tips & Warnings

Don't be hard on yourself if you have trouble dealing with the baby crying at night. As long as you respond to try and stop your baby's tears, you're doing your job as a good parent. Being stressed is only natural.



Jun 8, 2011 12:38pm
Great article! Letting your baby cry at night is one of the worst things a parent can do for the child and anyone within earshot. When everyone in the household and/or neighborhood is sleep deprived, the baby will feel the increased tensions and "blame" which will only make more of a problem. Thanks for a well thought out, sane alternative.
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