Dad's Guide to Baby's First Year For Dummies
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Babies cry for lots of different reasons and respond differently to soothing techniques, such as the following. Find out what works for your wee one:
  • Feed your baby; he may just be hungry.
  • Burp him; he may have air trapped in his tummy.
  • Change his diaper; he may be uncomfortable.
  • Check to see whether he's too hot or too cold by putting your hand on the back of his neck. It should feel comfortable (not sweaty or cold).
  • Rock him gently or cuddle him.
  • Take him for a walk in a stroller, backpack, or sling.
  • Try to settle him in bed if he seems tired.
  • Sing a lullaby or play some soothing music.
  • Give your baby a warm bath or take a bath with him.

Settling a baby who's upset is hard work and can be tough emotionally for you. If your baby's crying is overwhelming you, and you're getting wound up or angry, put your baby in a safe place, such as on her play mat or in her crib, and take a breather. Take a few minutes to calm down, and then go back to your baby.

If you're alone and need to talk to someone about your baby's crying, call your healthcare provider.

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Sharon Perkins, RN, has been a registered nurse, mostly in maternal-child health, for 30 years, a mother to five children for much longer, and a grandmother of three for the 14 best years of her life.

Stefan Korn is a father and New Zealand-based Internet entrepreneur.

Scott Lancaster looked after his daughter full-time for the first two years of her life and experienced being a stay-at-home dad (SAHD).

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