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How to stop baby crying in as little as 15 seconds.

Fast Ways to Stop Baby Crying

Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience, and most parents say it's one of the greatest moments of their lives. But there's no question, it's also filled with challenges, and often one of the biggest challenges is calming a crying baby.

Your biggest priority in caring for your baby is to shower her with love and affection. Next you must feed her and keep her dry. Lastly, you will want to calm her when she cries. However, calming a fussy baby can be a challenge, if you don't know what to do.

Some babies are born with the sweetest, calmest disposition, and rarely cry. My first baby was like that. I could lay her down anywhere, and she was content. However, my second baby was always fussy, unless he was in his swing (we found out later he had some structural problem in his scull which was causing a minor headache all the time). My last three children had the typical fussiness that most parents are faced with. How I was able to calm them quickly is what I'll share with you here.

Babies cry for a number of reasons, and as a mother, you will soon learn how to distinguish between your baby's cries. Your baby will cry if she's in pain, if she's hungry, if she's wet or dirty, if she has digestive problems (i.e. gas, or if she's swallowed air), or if she just wants to be cuddled and close to you.

Very few babies cry because of gas pain, yet many parents will assume that their baby has gas when their baby is crying. I even read about a parent who gave her child medication for gas every day, routinely, just so her baby wouldn't get gas. That's not good for babies. I have only given my babies medication when truly needed, and never for an extended period of time as a preventive. I found it interesting, also, that the mom who gave her baby the medicine for gas said that her baby was still fussy, and that it did not seem to be helping. Probably because baby truly did not have gas, and she just needed help putting herself to sleep.

So wouldn't it be nice if you could know just how to stop baby crying within seconds of when it starts? Read on as I share five tips on just how you can do this. You will also have an opportunity to request free access to a page of videos of real parents using these techniques to stop their baby's crying. It's amazing to watch these tips in action!

If you've ever heard of a horse whisperer, you'll know that a horse whisperer is a person who uses very gentle training techniques to help a horse to become calm and peaceful. In much the same way, you can stop baby crying. I call this "Baby Whispering".

My definition of "Baby Whispering" is Developing a sympathetic view of baby's needs and desires, and then helping her to calm herself, resulting in a happy, content baby.

Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D. refers to the first 3 months of life outside the womb as the 4th trimester. If you think about it, when baby is inside the womb, she is constantly carried, constantly warm, constantly cuddled, and is used to hearing your heartbeat and the sound of your voice all the time.

When baby is born, she still needs all of those things to feel secure. Swaddling your baby tightly, holding your baby close, rocking your baby, and the sound of your heartbeat are all calming to your baby.

There is a large amount of stimuli outside the womb, and your baby has to adjust to that. Often, if your baby is overstimulated, she will cry and cry. It is our job, as parents, to help our babies to calm down, and what you will find, is that when you do the things that Dr. Karp teaches, the baby crying will stop within seconds. It's as if your baby has a calming reflex - a reflex that is triggered when you do one or more of the "Five S's."

The 5 S's

For hundreds of years, in many cultures, mothers have used these calming techniques to soothe baby crying.

Some babies will need all five at the same time while others will need just a few to help trigger the "calming reflex."

  • Swaddling - Tight wrapping or swaddling provides the constant support similar to what your baby experienced while in the womb.

  • Side/stomach position - Placing your baby on her left side will assist with digestion, and placing her on her stomach provides reassuring support. Once your baby is sound asleep, you can safely put her in her crib, on her side or her back.

  • Shushing Sounds or White Noise - These sounds imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb. This white noise can be in the form of a vacuum cleaner, a hair dryer, running water and so on. The good news is that you can easily save the motors on your household appliances and get a white noise machine or CDs which can be played over and over again.

  • Swinging- Newborns love motion. Every movement mom made caused a swinging motion for your baby. After your baby is born, this calming motion, which was very comforting to your baby stops. Your baby may have a difficult time relaxing without this movement. "It's disorienting and unnatural," says Dr. Karp. Rocking, car rides, and a swing (with a motor) can be "lifesavers". Dr. Karp teaches "the milkshake" and "jiggle" techniques which some babies love. (You can see samples of this here.)

  • Sucking - "Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system," notes Karp, "and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain." Let your baby suck at the breast, on a pacifier, bottle, or a clean finger.

I used the "shhhhhhh" and jiggle to calm my babies. My friend Louanne used a white noise machine. Many babies love to be swaddled and placed on their sides. And some babies love all of it at the same time.

If you're tired of listening to baby crying, try all of these tips, and watch what happens. I bet you'll be amazed. Want to see how other parents are using these techniques?

I've created a special page with videos of parents, just like you, using these methods to calm baby crying within seconds. I've also created 4 different audio files of white noise that you can use to help soothe your baby right now.

Click here for free access to the videos, along with free audio files to help your baby sleep.

Wishing you all the best with your little one,

Kirstyn Sierra Signature

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