Do you find yourself wondering what made your baby suddenly crying inconsolably, leaving you feeling helpless and exhausted? 

It’s not uncommon for babies to become inconsolable and cry throughout the day, not just at bedtime. As a mum of two myself, I know the struggle is real, and the quest for finding a cure and a reason is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. 

Although, sometimes we’ll never know why they’re unsettled, there are several reasons why this could be happening:

  • Overstimulation – babies have sensitive nervous systems and can easily become overwhelmed by their surroundings. Hunger, tiredness, discomfort from gas or colic, or simply needing a cuddle can also lead to excessive crying.
  • Teething Troubles: Ah, those pearly whites wreak havoc on your baby. Teething can be a major culprit behind those restless days and nights! Course he won’t sleep if he’s hurting and no wonder she doesn’t sleep if she’s got a dull ache in her mouth. You wouldn’t either!
  • Growth Spurts: Babies seem to have growth spurts at the most unexpected times, and guess what? Daytime is no exception. During these periods, your little one might be extra hungry and in need of extra cuddles and feeds to fuel this growing malarky!
  • Illness: One of the biggest sleep thieves! Again totally normal and although sleep is the best medicine, where he has a raging temperature, or she has razors in her throat, sleep is the first thing on the list to go! Even if it’s not obvious why they are ill, an unusual unsettled day may mean something is brewing! Thanks nursery!
  • Sleep Regressions: Brace yourself for the dreaded sleep regressions. Just when you thought you had cracked the code to a good night’s sleep, developmental milestones, leaps and new skills can throw everything out of whack. It’s a phase, and like all phases, it shall pass. (eventually)

So, what can you do to help soothe your crying baby? Here’s our top tips:

  • 1:1 Bonding: Lots of gentle cuddles, swaying, or rocking your baby can also provide comfort. This will also help soothe baby and strengthen your bond.
  • White noise machines: creating a calming environment with white noise machines can mimic the sounds of the womb and help your baby relax. They’re also great for drowning out dad’s snoring or the toddlers’ iPad. Here’s my number 1 recommendation, here
  • Swaddle blankets: swaddling can be another game changer that recreates the feeling of being in the womb, providing a sense of security for your little one. If your baby enjoys being swaddled, make it part of your bedtime routine. (only until they are rolling) Here’s my number 1 recommendation, here
  • Baby massage or yoga: which can help calm both the baby and the parent. Rubba-bubba classes are specifically designed to entice those sleepy, chillout hormones! It ticks all the boxes, it ensures connection, reassurance, relaxation and flatulence 🤣 A recipe for a much happier baby! 

Remember, every baby is unique, so it may take some trial and error to figure out what works best for your little one. Be patient with yourself and your baby during this time, and don’t hesitate to seek support from healthcare professionals if you feel overwhelmed. With a little patience, love, and the right tools, you can help calm baby suddenly crying inconsolably and create a peaceful environment for both of you.

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