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Hold and comfort your crying baby

At this time in your baby's life, they are learning that they can trust you to meet their needs. The best way to do this when your bbay is crying is to hold them.

  • hold and comfort your crying baby if you can
  • hold your baby close and snuggled in to you. Try to keep your baby still
  • avoid constantly changing your baby from one position to another or continually picking up and putting them down
  • you can rock or sway gently, or walk around slowly with your baby if it helps, but avoid fast, frantic or rough movement. Remind yourself that you can't make your baby stop crying

It's not always easy. Some babies push away and won't be held closely. If this happens, try holding your baby close but facing away from you and give them a chance to calm down.

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