Staying calm with a crying baby

Babies cry. It is one of the main ways they communicate. If a baby is crying, always check their physical needs first and respond as appropriate. If you think the baby may be unwell, seek immediate medical assistance.

Sometimes babies cry for no apparent reason. When this happens, you may feel frustrated. It is important to have a strategy in place so that you can calm yourself if this occurs.

Below are some calming techniques you could use. At all times you must ensure that the baby is in a safe place where you can supervise them.

  • Step away 
  • Take some deep breaths
  • Practice mindful breathing
  • Count to ten
  • Have a drink of water or cup of tea
  • Play some calming music
  • Go for a walk with the baby and any other children in your care.

If you are still feeling frustrated, contact your supervising Person Responsible (home-based services) or seek support from another teacher (centre-based services).

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