Preventing the Cries
Although you can't stop your baby from crying altogether, there are some things you can do to make him cry less:
1. Get as attached as possible to your child -- literally. Keep him close in a carrier or sling while you do housework or run errands. Remember, your baby spent nine months with you as a constant companion, so he may cry simply because he's lonely.
2. Respond quickly to cries. One of the best ways to nip a crying spell in the bud is to respond immediately, notes Debra Zeifman, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Taking quick action can also make your baby feel more secure and self-reliant so he has less reason to cry in general. "The popular myth that responding to an infant's cries results in spoiling the child isn't true," according to Dr. Zeifman.
3. Stick to a set routine. Routines have a calming affect on infants. "Babies thrive on consistency," says Dr. Salisbury. "If you can work toward a schedule for bathing, napping, and feeding, it can really help." Using rituals for each activity -- such as singing the same song every time you change a diaper -- can also reduce crying. When a baby knows what to expect, he feels more secure.