Babies cry to communicate. In time, you’ll learn to decode your baby's cries. But until then, try these tips for calming you both down:

Listening carefully to each cry.

There are many reasons babies cry and each different cry has a different sound. A hungry cry may be short and low-pitched. Angry cries sound angry. A cry of pain starts with a high-pitched shriek, followed by a long pause and then a flat wail. A thin whimper is usually dreaming.

  • Try rocking your baby, walking with your baby or gently swaying from side to side.
  • Burp your baby to relieve trapped gas bubbles, or gently pat or stroke your baby's back.
  • Try a warm bath.
  • Swaddle your newborn tightly in a soft blanket or hold him firmly in your arms.
  • Play soft music.
  • Check your baby's temperature. If it's over 100° F, it may be an infection. Call his doctor.

Try to stay calm.

When your baby won't stop crying, you may find yourself becoming frustrated, but remember to stay calm. If you need a break, ask for help or advice. If no one is around, lay him safely in his crib for a minute or two while you catch your breath.

Never, ever shake a baby.

Shaking can cause blindness, brain damage and even death.

Call your baby's doctor if your crying newborn persists longer than usual.