Sometimes, despite your best efforts (and a check to make sure baby's fed, dry, and comfortable), your child will continue to cry and fuss. The good news is that there's a host of classic remedies for calming her. They won't all work for your baby, but in time you will begin to figure out which ones do.
Holding and cuddling: This is always the best way to start. It's a nice source of warmth and comfort for both caregiver and child, according to Dr. Zeifman. While you're holding her, try rocking in a rhythmic, gently motion.
Motion: Other forms of motion can help as well. Try baby swings, a stroll outside, a ride in the car, even a trip atop the gyrating washing machine (just hold on to baby's car seat).
Music: Most types of music -- or even the white noise of a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer -- can often lull a baby.
Massage: Some babies like to be stroked or massaged, especially on their back. Different holds, such as placing baby across your lap or facedown on your forearm, can help relieve possible gas pressure or pain in her belly.
Pacifiers: For some babies, just the sucking comfort of a pacifier is soothing enough to stop the crying.
When shopping for a strategy, don't give up on a remedy if it doesn't work the first time. And don't switch from one method to another too quickly. You might also want to keep a journal to figure out your baby's patterns, such as when he seems to cry most or which remedy worked best at what time.
There's only so much crying a person can take, so if you're feeling sad, angry, or frustrated -- all natural feelings for new parents -- you probably won't be at your best for the baby. It may help for another caregiver to take over temporarily while you take care of yourself.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.