Taking Care of Yourself When Your Baby Is Fussy

Overview

Caring for a fussy baby can be stressful. Taking good care of yourself can help you cope with some of the challenges. Here are some things you can do to care for yourself when your baby is fussy.

  • Understand your feelings.

    You may feel frustrated. If you baby is fussy, you probably are not getting the sleep you need. Other feelings, like frustration, can makes things feel overwhelming.

  • Take a few deep breaths.

    Pause and take a few deep breaths. You can count to 10 when you feel frustrated with your baby's crying. It is okay to place your baby on their back in their crib and walk away. You can check on them every 5 to 10 minutes. If you are afraid that you might hurt your baby, even without meaning to, get help right away. Call a friend or neighbor to come over. If no one is available and you are feeling out of control, call 911.

  • Ask for help.

    Typically, babies cry more during the late afternoon or early evening. Schedule a relative, friend, or neighbor to come over a few times a week. Having support and sharing caregiving responsibilities can help you care for yourself.

  • Talk to others.

    If you have a partner, talk to them about your feelings and concerns. Talking to other caregivers and parents can helpful. Look for parenting groups in your area or online. Call your doctor's office for information about parenting classes.

  • Take time for yourself.

    Schedule some time away from your baby. Ask a trusted adult to watch your baby so you can do something you enjoy, even if only for a short time. This could be taking a walk, reading, calling a friend, or taking a warm bath.

Credits

Current as of: September 20, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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