Calming techniques

  • Swaddle your baby to keep him feeling comfortable and secure. You can buy specific swaddling blankets which make the wrapping much easier. By swaddling your baby you will help to calm him down from over stimulation, and to prevent him from being woken by his own startle reflex. Remember your baby has spent 9 months in a very warm and confined space, by mimicking the womb, you could provide comfort to your baby. 
  • Using swings or rockers, that provide gentle motion, can help to calm your baby. Always ensure that your baby is securely fastened into the chair. Never leave your baby unattended in these devices.
  • Baby Massage can help to calm babies. The touch and deep pressure of the massage can be comforting to some babies. You should however be directed by your baby’s response to the massage.
  • Calming music may also help to calm your baby. Many CD’s are available to help soothe and calm your baby. These can even be played while your baby is sleeping to block out all the other household noises which may startle your baby.
  • dummy may provide comfort to a Colic baby. Discuss this option with your Health Care Practitioner.
  • Try a change of scenery or distraction. Crying never seems as loud outside!


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.