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Helping your baby get settled

There are some things you can do to help settle and comfort your baby.

Look after yourself


If the crying is getting too much for you, put your baby in a safe place, such as their cot, take a few minutes to calm yourself and go back and check on your baby. If you ever feel that you may harm or shake your baby, ask for urgent help. Ring a friend, neighbour, partner, family member, or health professional urgently.

If you feel you're not coping, are tearful, worried, angry, feeling down and hopeless, it's important to seek help for yourself. Mothers with unsettled babies can have postnatal depression or anxiety. Contact your GP, Well Child provider, or midwife.

Be smokefree

Keep your baby away from smoke, both inside and outside the house, and in the car. Read more about how to become smokefree.

Use tips to soothe and settle

Soothing your baby can be hard when they are unsettled and crying.

Use good feeding skills

Help with sleep

Help your baby to become a good sleeper.


Medicines (such as omeprazole and ranitidine) have not been shown to help unsettled and crying babies, and may cause harm.

Get help from others

Talk to your general practice team, Well Child provider, or midwife for advice.

Plunket can provide support and assistance. You can call PlunketLine 0800‑933‑922 free 24 hours a day, for child health and parenting questions.

Parenting support is available through several groups.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2021.

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