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What are some effective ways to soothe a fussy newborn?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time mom and my baby has been really fussy lately. I have been having a hard time figuring out how to soothe her when she gets upset. I have tried feeding her, rocking her, and changing her diaper but nothing seems to be working. I am getting very tired and frustrated and I was hoping to get some advice on what has worked for other parents.

My baby seems to get fussy at random times throughout the day and night. It seems like she cries a lot when she is tired and has trouble falling asleep. She also seems to get upset when she is hungry, even though I know she is getting enough to eat. I have tried swaddling her, using a pacifier, and even taking her for a car ride but nothing seems to calm her down.

I am really hoping that some experienced parents out there can share some tips on how to soothe a fussy newborn. I want to be able to enjoy my baby and help her feel comfortable and happy. Thank you in advance!

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Hi, as a mom of two kids, I can definitely relate to the struggles of trying to soothe a fussy newborn. One thing that has worked for me is gentle bouncing on an exercise ball while holding my baby or placing her in a rocking chair with gentle, steady movements. The repetitive motion seems to calm them down.

Another thing I would suggest is a warm bath. If your baby is crying and fussy, they might just need a warm bath to relax them. It can be a calming experience for babies and helps them sleep better.

White noise or soothing music is also beneficial. My babies loved the sound of the vacuum cleaner and it would help calm them down when they were fussy. So, I would suggest trying different types of sounds to see what works for your newborn.

Lastly, skin-to-skin contact could also work. It is soothing for babies and replicates the feeling of being inside the womb. So, holding your newborn without clothes on against your skin could help calm them down.

I hope these suggestions help you and your little one find some peace and calm.


Hi there,

I am a father of a newborn, and I know exactly how you feel. When it comes to soothing a fussy newborn, I discovered that baby wearing can be a great solution. Using a baby carrier such as a wrap, could help you keep your baby close to you which can induce a calming effect on the baby. I found that my baby would sleep more peacefully when I used a baby carrier.

Additionally, I found that massaging my baby is also helpful. Gently massaging the baby's back, stomach and legs can help reduce colic, as well as release tension in the baby's body. Moreover, it also helps create a closer bond between you and your child.

Changing the scenery can also work wonders. Trying to change the position of the baby or taking them outside for a walk, stepping outside to get some fresh air could make a positive difference. If your baby is often fussy at night, sitting outside with them under the moon and stars, could soothe them and help them fall asleep easily.

Lastly, be patient and keep experimenting with different techniques, till you find the one that works best for your baby. Every baby is different and may respond differently to different stimuli.

I hope these tips prove useful to you and help ease the burden of taking care of a fussy newborn.


Hello everyone,

As a mother of a colicky baby, I understand the struggle of trying to soothe a fussy newborn. One technique that worked wonders for me is using a warm compress. I would soak a towel in warm water and place it on my baby's tummy or back. The warmth and pressure helped relieve any gas and discomfort.

I also found that swaddling my baby snugly could provide a sense of security and prevent them from getting overtired. A tight swaddle helped my baby feel like they were being held, which was comforting for them.

Trying different holding positions can also be helpful. Certain positions, like holding the baby upright with their head on your shoulders, can help relieve gas and colic symptoms. Holding your baby with their tummy on your forearm while gently bouncing on a yoga ball can also be calming for them.

It's crucial to establish a consistent sleep routine for your baby, as they need plenty of sleep to stay healthy and happy. I found that using calming lavender lotions or essential oils can be effective in creating a soothing bedtime routine.

In addition, it's essential to take care of yourself too. Taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes can relieve stress and anxiety, which can help you stay calm and focused when dealing with a fussy newborn.

I hope these tips help you soothe your fussy newborn. Remember, every baby is different, so try different techniques and find what works best for your little one.


Hi all,

I am a mother of three and I have found that giving my fussy newborn a warm massage can calm them down. You can use a natural massage oil such as coconut or olive oil to massage your baby's tummy and back in clockwise motion. A warm compress over their tummy is also great to relieve gas and discomfort.

Another thing that has worked for me is making sure that my baby's basic needs are met. A hungry, tired or wet baby can get fussy easily. So, I try to stay alert and give my baby what they need as soon as possible.

I also think it's important to stay calm when your baby is fussy. Babies can sense when their parents are anxious or upset, which can adversely affect their mood. So, take a deep breath, reassure the baby with soft words or put on some relaxing music.

Furthermore, I have found that a gentle massage using a vibrating massager tool can also be helpful. Massaging the baby's back or the feet with the massager can create a calming sensation and can distract them from any discomfort they may have.

Finally, do not hesitate to seek professional help if your baby is fussy for an extended period despite your best efforts. A pediatrician or lactation specialist can assist you in figuring out the root cause of your baby's fussiness.

I hope these tips help you soothe your fussy newborn. Best of luck!


Hey there,

As a new parent, I have struggled with finding ways to soothe my fussy newborn. One thing that has worked for me is playing some white noise, such as ocean sounds or rainfall, on a loop. The calming sounds can help distract and soothe the baby, and it creates a relaxing atmosphere in the room.

Another trick that has been helpful for me is using a baby wrap carrier. Carrying my baby in a soft, snug wrap can mimic the feeling of being in the womb and help them feel secure. It also keeps their body close to yours, which can regulate their breathing and heart rate.

Babies love to suck, so consider using a pacifier or your finger to help your newborn stay calm. Sucking on something helps babies self-soothe and stay calm. If you're nursing, it's important to establish a good lactation technique with your baby to help breastfeeding become a calming experience for them.

Additionally, sometimes a change of scenery can help. Taking your baby for a short walk or simply going outside for some fresh air can do wonders. The change of scenery and the new stimulation help distract the baby from their fussiness.

Finally, don't underestimate the power of talking to your baby. Sometimes simply talking to your baby in a soft, soothing voice can help them calm down. Hearing your voice can provide comfort and reassurance, which can help the baby feel more secure and calm.

I hope these tips help you soothe your fussy baby. Remember, every child is different, so be patient and persistent in trying different techniques until you find what works for your baby.


Hi everyone,

As a mother of twins, I know how overwhelming it can be to soothe two fussy newborns at the same time. One trick that worked wonders for me was using a baby swing. The swinging motion of the baby swing was incredibly calming for my babies, and it allowed me to have my hands free for a little while.

Another thing that has worked for me is incorporating gentle motion into everyday activities. For example, I would gently rock my babies while breastfeeding, or I would jiggle them gently while burping them. The shaking movement really seemed to calm them down.

Another technique which can be beneficial when trying to soothe a fussy newborn is skin-to-skin contact. I used to hold my babies close to my skin, and the warmth and smell of my body would provide them with a sense of security, which they needed during the first few months of life.

Moreover, creating a routine can really help. When my babies were fussy or restless, I would try to stick to the same routine, which had become familiar to them. Babies thrive on routine, and it can be really helpful in calming them down.

Lastly, don't forget to take care of yourself. Taking care of a fussy newborn can be stressful, so it's essential that you take breaks regularly, and take time to relax when you can.

I hope these tips are helpful for any parents who are trying to soothe their fussy newborn.

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