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  • How To Calm A Crying Baby At Night

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How To Calm A Crying Baby At Night
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  • How many times have you woken up panicking in the middle of the night to the sound of your baby crying? This scenario is all too familiar to mothers, whose first instinct would be to think that something must be wrong. So, why do babies cry?

    While it’s always wise to check if your baby might indeed be hurt, don’t forget that crying is simply their way of telling you that they need something. Most of the time, they wake up and cry at night because they’re hungry, feeling hot or cold, or simply need a diaper change. Keep calm, mom!

    Here are other possible reasons behind nighttime crying and ways how to calm a crying baby.

    Your baby is hungry

    Newborns have tiny stomachs, with most babies eating every two or three hours. So, the next time your baby wakes up crying at night, try to remember what time you fed them last. If it has been about two or three hours since then, your little one will most likely be hungry.

    Your baby may have colic

    Colic is defined as “crying for three or more hours a day, three or more days a week, for three or more weeks.” If your little one is colicky at night, try soothing them with gentle bouncing or rocking movements because these motions can recreate the movements they felt while they were still in your womb.

    You can also introduce relaxing sounds like white noise, but be careful because too much noise can overstimulate the baby and cause more crying.

    You may not have a bedtime routine

    Your baby will associate repetitive patterns like a calming bedtime routine with sleeping time and may find it soothing.

    Include relaxing activities like a warm bath, feeding, burping (if needed), and gentle rocking or snuggling. You’ll want to keep the routine as simple as possible so that you can do it anywhere.

    The room may be too hot or too cold

    Many times, newborns wake up and cry because of the room temperature. Experts recommend a temperature between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius if your baby sleeps in an airconditioned room. Make sure the baby wears breathable cotton onesie and wrapped in a swaddle. Don’t make them wear too many layers, as this can lead to overheating.

    Your baby needs a diaper change

    Another common reason why babies cry at night is that their diaper already needs changing. Babies who sleep in wet, soiled diapers for too long can develop severe diaper rashes.

    Avoid this by choosing diapers that help give baby’s skin long-lasting protection from diaper rash. To find the best diaper for your little bundle of joy, look for these three important qualities:

    • It must absorb wetness quickly.
    • It should prevent leaks.
    • It should help minimize heat and skin irritation.

    Try Pampers Baby Dry Taped For Newborn and Small, which offers all these features for your baby’s long-lasting protection from diaper rash, or Pampers Baby Dry Pants, now offered in size Small and makes changing easy for active babies. Pampers Baby Dry Pants Small also has a runny poo trap and is endorsed by the Skin Health Alliance.

    Pampers Baby Dry For Newborn offers the "Triple Pwet-tection Benefits” so babies are protected from the three causes of diaper rash–wetness, heat, and skin irritants–and remain comfortable all day and night.

    So that baby's skin isn't exposed to wetness for too long, Pampers Baby Dry For Newborn has a Magic Gel core that absorbs pee better and faster. Its Heat Escape feature allows continuous airflow and circulation through micro-pores to prevent hot air from getting trapped between baby's skin and the surface of the diaper. Finally, a layer of baby lotion keeps baby's skin soft and supple while acting as a barrier to protect it from irritants and friction.

    With all these skin-protecting features, your baby–and by extension, you–sleep longer, better, and more comfortably throughout the night.

    Remember: Whatever is good for your baby is good for you, too, mommy!

    Visit the Newborn 101 online hub by Pampers in collaboration with Smart Parenting for more parenting tips from experts and your fellow moms.

This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with PAMPERS.