Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby in Public

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar…

Your super sweet, ultra mellow baby is a dream-come-true at home. But the moment you walk out the door, all bets are off and the fussiness ensues.

Your baby had an amazing nap and you’re ready to tackle some errands while your little one seems up for the challenge. Wrong! She cries during the entire outing.

You have an appointment and baby is along for the ride. She’s not into her new surroundings and makes her feelings very clear.

Your baby is fussy no matter where you are or what time of day it is so you just need to get out of the house every now and then. If she’s going to cry at home or out-and-about, what difference does it make anyways?

Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby in PublicIn any of the situations and many others as well, dealing with a fussy baby in public can be very frustrating. Not only do you feel sympathy for your upset baby and perhaps a bit irritated by the crying, you may also feel like you can’t do anything right and everyone around you is judging your every move.

If you’ve been in this place before with your baby, try these tips for soothing a fussy baby in public:

Give Your Baby Some Attention: When you’re running errands or tending to your other children during after school activities your baby may just be along for the ride…and she’s probably highly aware of that. Rather than carting her around and expecting her to entertain herself, engage her periodically. Describe what you’re doing, sing songs, play finger games and interact with her toys. By giving her attention when you can, she’ll probably be more satisfied with periods of independent observation and play.

Wear Your Baby: Being close to mom may be all it takes to keep your little one out of the fussy zone. Bring along your baby-wearing device whenever you are in public and put your baby in it as soon as she shows signs of fussiness. She will love your warmth, the feel of your skin, the sound of your heartbeat and the soft kisses you give her along the way.

Feed Your Baby: Breastfeeding isn’t just about the milk. Even if you don’t think your baby is hungry (which she may be, by the way) she may be expressing her need for your comfort. Breastfeeding is pure comfort for many babies and you can soothe her through feeding.

Use the 5 S’s: Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block method of swaying, shushing, swaddling, sucking and swinging are all great way to soothe a fussy baby in public. You may not be able to employ all of them but do what you can to calm your baby.

Stay Calm: Sure, you may be extremely frustrated but do your best to stay calm. Your baby feeds off of your emotions and the energy you release. Fussiness is a part of infancy and sometimes it is let out at inopportune times. Have a positive attitude about helping your little one catch her breath and if all else fails, have a sense of humor about it.

Make an Exit: Sometimes you just need to know when it’s time to leave. Sacrifice is part of being a mom and when your baby is so unhappy that you’re not being productive or you can’t think straight, head home and try again another time. Don’t be discouraged, however. Infant fussiness is a stage that will eventually pass and you’ll be able to enjoy being out and about again soon.

Sources: Care and Sleeping Baby