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The 7 Best Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

Babies cry for many reasons. They cry when they’re hungry when their diapers are wet when they’re unwell, and even when they’re bored. Being a parent to a newborn can be overwhelming, especially when your baby starts crying and you just can’t seem to calm them down. 

There isn’t a foolproof way to calm a crying baby down, and you’ll need to first figure out why your baby is crying. If it’s something like hunger or needing a nappy change, then the appropriate action should be taken. However, if you just can’t figure out why your little one is fussing, or if it’s not something you can easily fix, here are some calming techniques you can try:

’The Hold’
This technique first became popular in 2015, when a video of Dr. Robert Hamilton demonstrating the move on Youtube became viral. This maneuver, known as ‘the hold’, is able to calm babies down within a matter of seconds. It’s a pretty easy move whereby you first pick your child up, fold his or her arms around the chest area, support their chest and buttocks and then gently rock them back and forth at a 45-degree angle. Do watch the video to learn how to do it the right way:

Rocking your baby in a front carrier
The act of being gently rocked back and forth triggers relaxation and soothes babies. This is because they will be close to your chest and the rhythms of your heartbeat can simulate an atmosphere that’s similar to the womb. This method has an added advantage as you have your hands free to work or do household chores.

The gentle bounce
Another move that many parents use is the bounce where you carry your baby and bounce him or her while walking around. This simple action, often accompanied by cooing and shushing sounds, is able to help your baby relax. Research has shown that when babies feel this gentle bouncing or rocking motion, they feel soothed and will slowly quiet down and perhaps even fall asleep.

Turn down the lights
Dimming the lights helps to remove stimulation for your baby. Sometimes, babies cry when they’re over-stimulated, whether by lights or sound. Removing these elements and placing your child in a darkened and quiet atmosphere will possibly help them calm down faster.

Play their favorite songs
Different babies respond to different types of songs. Some like slow, classical music, while others like active, dance tunes. You’ll usually have to try different genres to find out what your baby likes. Some babies will respond to the most unexpected songs ever, so don’t just stick to soothing or cutesy tunes. Many parents have found that playing music seems to help lighten their child’s mood tremendously.

Use a traditional ‘sarung’
In Malaysia, babies are traditionally rocked in a hammock hung from the ceiling and pulled up and down to create a rocking motion. Nowadays there are modern ‘sarung’ or baby hammocks made with springs and are automated to rock up and down by themselves. These can come in handy for calming crying babies too, particularly if you’re exhausted and want to take a break from holding your child.

Give your baby a massage
Any sort of reassuring touch from you will help calm your baby. Massages are great for letting your baby know that you’re there and that they are safe and loved. Start with a gentle circular motion on your baby’s chest, then moving on to their arms and legs, and then the palms of their hands and soles of their feet. 


At Mommy Mansion, we hope that our wealth of experience, combined with a Mother’s touch will provide you with the comfort and assurance in knowing what’s best for you and your loved ones.

We’re a boutique confinement centre located in the town of Klang, Selangor, dedicated to mothers and newborn babies.