It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first child or fourth; a crying baby can send even a seasoned parent into a state of panic. Never fear: We’ve rounded up some of the best products that, along with your own intuition and loving care, will help tame those tears. And we want to hear from you, too! What is your secret to hushing a crying baby? Let us know in the Comments section below and we’ll add your pick to our story.
Your baby burrito slept so well in his swaddle in the hospital — but got all Houdini on you your first day home. What gives? Find solace in the Miracle Blanket, a perennial bestseller and absolute godsend for sleepless parents. The secret is in the internal arm pockets and generous cotton fabric. They ensure a snug fit to remind baby of his cozy, amniotic first home and quell those cries.
Tip: Strongly consider picking up a second while the other one’s in the wash. A good, tight swaddle is gold those first few weeks.
$29.99 at miracleblanket.com.
4Moms Rockaroo Baby Swing
Does a Rockaroo have a mother too? Yes, and a clever one at that. The newest addition to the 4moms family gives “rock-a-bye baby” an ingenious new spin. While other swings suspend babies mid-air, this one is nestled on a base and rocks forward and backward, similar to a rocking chair — all on a smaller footprint than others. It’s lighter and cheaper than big sister Mamaroo but has the same life-saving features, like an mp3 hookup, removable toys, five-speed setting and mod, machine-washable fabric.
Tip: Spring for the reversible newborn insert, $29.99, if only for the impossibly adorable monster print.
$159.99-$179.99 at 4moms.com.
Homedics SoundSpa White Noise Machine
Before Papa paid for that mockingbird and diamond ring, he should’ve invested in the SoundSpa. White noise is like the soundtrack of the womb, instantly settling crying babies. This wildly popular pick is also über affordable, meaning you can pick up an extra for Grandma’s house. Sounds include white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night and brook. If you’re worried about it becoming a sleep crutch, you can set the auto-off timer to 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
Tip: Browse the whole SoundSpa family, including a cute whale or snail that play lullabies, or a travel-sized version that clips onto the carseat or stroller.
$19.99 at homedics.com.
Cloud B Twilight Turtle Tunes
When you have a tearful tot on your hands, harness the magic of a twinkling star. Or a whole constellation of them, thanks to this tech-savvy update of a fan favorite. The Twilight Turtle Tunes projects stars in three calming colors, just like its predecessor. What’s new is its Bluetooth technology that, with the free app, plays from a pre-set list of songs and sounds that can be mixed to your heart’s desire.
Tip: Add your personal playlist to the mix with the upgraded premium app, which costs $1.99.
$49.95 at cloudb.com.
Líllébaby Complete Baby Carrier
By now you know that fussy babies like to be held. A lot. Líllébaby’s latest tweaks make the Complete your extra set of hands, holding babes on the front, hip or back, and facing in or out. Both the height and width adjust, and add-on stirrups (sold separately) help older kids get into good ergonomic position, meaning riders 7-45 pounds fit comfortably. Cushy waist padding and a removable lumbar support make marathon cuddling sessions a cinch. If you’re looking for a one-and-only carrier that goes from infancy through toddlerhood, this is it.
$115-$149 at lillebaby.com.
What do you use to calm your crying baby? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Selena Kohng