You can contact the
08451 228 669

7 days a week

From its modest beginnings, Cry-sis has developed to become a well-respected and national charity. The stated aims remain 'to be efficient and effective in providing self-help and support to families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies'. To achieve this, Cry-sis runs a national telephone helpline that is available to callers every day of the year between 9.00am and 10.00pm. Callers are referred to a trained volunteer member of Cry-sis who has had personal experience of crying or sleep problems within their own family

General Checklist
The suggestions in this checklist are all ways in which parents have helped soothe their babies or coped with excessive crying. You may find that some of them work for you.

Is baby hungry?

Offer breast or bottle feed
Is baby thirsty?

Offer a drink from a sterilised spoon or bottle
Is baby in pain?

Check for illness with G.P or Health Visitor
Offer breast, bottle or dummy
Offer cool boiled water or speak to pharmacist about infant colic remedies
Try gently massaging baby‘s tummy in a clockwise direction
Try changing baby‘s position
Pick baby up, walk around with him/her – a baby sling can be helpful
Try gently rocking baby up and down
Is baby tired but fighting sleep?

Offer breast, bottle or dummy
Try rocking baby horizontally in your arms or in a pram/pushchair
Try a rocking or swinging cradle
Try a quieter room
Put baby down somewhere safe to cry for a short time – some babies settle themselves
Try a softer light or a darker room
Use a baby soother cassette or sing to your baby
Quiet background noise can soothe babies – ticking clock, vacuum cleaner, washing machine etc.
Check that baby is comfortable – clothes not too tight
Check baby isn‘t too hot or cold – feel tummy to gauge temperature
Motion can help babies sleep. Car rides or pram walks in the fresh air.
A warm bath covering baby‘s tummy can be soothing
Is baby fighting at the breast?

Check baby‘s position at the breast, most of your nipple should be inside the baby‘s mouth
Check baby‘s nose is free of the breast (his/her head should be tilted back slightly)
Check whether baby‘s nose is blocked and consult GP or Health Visitor accordingly
Let baby suck on a dummy before quickly substituting breast
Try changing feeding position, e.g. sitting up or lying down
Is there too much milk? If so, express some off before feeds or feed on one breast changing sides at each feed for a few days
Is there too little milk? Feed more frequently
Consult Health Visitor, GP or a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) counsellor if you are still experiencing problems
Difficulty bottle feeding?

Try a different bottle or teat
Check the size of the teat hole and change to a different size if necessary
Try offering bottles more frequently for a few days
Leave for half an hour, and then try again
Consult Health Visitor or GP
Is baby uncomfortable?

Check baby‘s temperature by feeling tummy – adjust clothing accordingly
Change baby‘s nappy
Try different nappies
Let baby kick, nappy-free
Check for nappy rash – consult Health Visitor
Check for clothing rashes
Sensitive baby?

Handle and talk to baby gently and quietly
Do not overwhelm baby with stimulation
Try a quieter environment
Try to keep to a routine and limit the number of visitors
Is baby generally cranky?

Check for illness – consult Health Visitor or GP
Talk to your baby
Play with him/her: use toys or safe household objects
Let baby kick, nappy-free
Try using a baby sling to carry baby around
Try a bouncing chair or baby bouncer (always follow manufacturers guidelines)
Take baby out in pram or buggy
Visit a friend
Comfort by gentle rocking movement or soothing noises
Offer baby a feed
Massage baby and give warm bath
Consult registered homeopath. Check with GP, Health Visitor
Consult registered Cranial Osteopath with paediatric experience
If you suspect Colic, speak to GP or Health Visitor about infant colic remedies
Still crying?

Put baby down in a safe place, walk out of the room and shut the door, take a short break
Give baby to a trusted friend or family member for a few hours if possible
Use any time away from baby to look after yourself
Eat well and unwind
Go out with baby
Phone your GP, Health Visitor, NHS Direct, The Cry-sis Helpline, friend or relative
Night-time Crying
Checklist and ideas for settling a baby under a year old

Make sure baby is not hungry or thirsty
Check that baby is comfortable and that his/her nappy is clean and dry
Make sure clothing is not too tight
Is baby too hot or too cold? Check baby‘s tummy temperature
Rhythmic movement often settles babies. Gentle rocking in a pram or crib can have a hypnotic effect. Baby Slings are useful as they provide continual movement and the security of Mum/Dad
Some babies prefer the dark, others like a low night light
Soother tapes and devices may help baby fall asleep. A bedtime routine is a worthwhile investment for the future. This is best introduced as soon as possible with perhaps a warm bath before bedtime and a quiet feed and cuddle before sleep
From 3 months babies are becoming more aware of their environment, so other methods of settling them to sleep can be considered. Mobiles and soft play things above the cot prevent boredom and make baby‘s cot a more enjoyable place to be
As baby gets older a particular toy or "cuddly" can be encouraged so that baby feels more secure when on his/her own. Soft toys in the cot can act as insulators – avoid overheating baby
Many babies find their own fingers or thumbs to suck for comfort
You can contact the
Cry-sis helpline on
08451 228 669
7 days a week

Or write to us at:
BM Cry-sis
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