My husband and I went on our first trip without our kids recently. While we were in the airport and on the airplane we heard dozens of crying babies. Every time I heard a big scream, I whipped my head around to see if it was my baby girl.
Luckily, she was safe at home with my mom, but I felt so deeply for all the parents trying to calm their fussy babies in the midst of traveling.
Why is my baby fussy?
The most common reasons are:
- Dirty Diaper
However, there really are a myriad of reasons why your baby could be fussy. Some more options include:
- They want to be held.
- They don’t want to be held.
- They’re hot.
- They’re cold.
- Loud noises
- Their clothes are itchy/uncomfortable.
- No reason! They just feel like it!
Needless to say, it can be exhausting trying to figure out how to calm them down because you don’t know why they are crying in the first place!
How do I calm my fussy baby?
- Food: Adults aren’t the only ones who get hangry. Your baby might be fussy because they are ready to eat. Baby’s feeding patterns are so sporadic in the beginning, so even if your baby recently ate, it never hurts to try offering a bottle/breast/snack again.
- Change the Diaper: My daughter was screaming bloody murder when I was getting dinner ready this week. None of our usual tools were working to calm her down. I could have saved myself 15 minutes of hell if I just checked her diaper first! I know it’s annoying, gross, and a lot of work, but a fresh diaper can change your little one’s entire demeanor!
- Movement: My kids loved car rides and walks when they were babies. If they were fussy we could plop them in our car or stroller and the movement would calm them down or put them to sleep! You can also try rocking your baby in a rocking chair, walking around the house, or even swaying back in forth if you are in line at the grocery store!
- Pacifier: Infant pacifiers are great for helping baby to calm down. However, it’s hard to keep babies calm for long if their newborn pacifier keeps falling out!
A pacifier clip has been the typical solution to this problem. However, the Ingy Bingy Band is a safer alternative to a pacifier clip. The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that helps your fussy baby to calm down all on their own. This pacifier bracelet helps babies to self-soothe from as early as four months old! They can find it on their own and use it whenever they need it without help from mom or dad!
- Toys: As annoying as loud toys are, a rattle might be just the thing to take your baby’s mind off whatever is bothering him/her. Toys that vibrate are also very entertaining for little ones and not very loud. They also double as good teethers! Our favorite is the Z-Vibe!
If you’ve tried everything and you are still worried about your baby, never hesitate to call your baby’s pediatrician! Trust your instincts! You got this mama!