Crying and FussinessFebruary 2, 2022
Though infant crying and fussiness is an expected part of development, it isn’t easy for parents. Help build knowledge and understanding with these strategies:
- Promote soothing. Newborns cannot be spoiled and need help from adults to calm down.
- Encourage sleep. Remind caregivers that being overtired contributes to fussiness. Advise putting the baby down every 1.5-2 hours.
- Frame crying as communication. Help caregivers to look for cues as to what their baby is trying to say. Parents can then name that need and respond sensitively.
- Give permission for breaks. Remind parents to take a break when they need it and put their newborns in a safe space for a chance to take a few breaths or pour a cup of coffee.
See this video for an example from the well child visits: