How to Calm a Hyperactive Baby

By Nicki Howell
A long stroller walk can help calm your hyperactive baby.

Having a hyperactive baby can be frustrating for parents. A baby could be hyperactive for many reasons, including being tired, overstimulated or just needing some extra attention to relax. If your child is eating solid foods, sensitivity to food coloring or sugar could be the culprit. Fortunately, having a few tips to calm your hyperactive baby will allow you to sooth and relax him.

Make sure your baby gets enough sleep. Although it’s counterintuitive, when a baby is overtired he can become hyperactive. Most children under 1 year of age sleep about 12 hours each night and two to three hours during the day. By the child’s second birthday, sleep tapers off to about 10 or 11 hours each night and from one to three hours during the day.

Give your baby a warm bath. Use soap with lavender that’s designed for baby’s sensitive skin. Allow your baby to soak and play in the warm water as long as she's having fun. This allows her muscles to relax and the sensations are calming.

Sing slow calming songs. Babies are very receptive to music. If you sing loud music, your baby will become stimulated and excited; calm music will make him relax.

Take your baby for a long walk in the stroller. It’s no mistake that babies fall asleep in strollers. The vibrations from the stroller are soothing to your baby, and will calm her down.

Try using a bouncer chair. These chairs are similar to the vibrations in a car or stroller. Allow your baby to sit in the chair and relax while you do the dishes or take care of other things you need to do. If the baby starts to look sleepy, move him to the crib for a nap.

Tip

Evaluate your baby’s diet. Sometimes babies have allergies to food coloring that make them appear hyperactive. Pay attention to when your baby becomes hyperactive and note what she’s eaten in the past several hours. Discuss any patterns with her pediatrician.

Warning

Cut out the sugar. If your baby is consuming solids, evaluate how much sugar he’s getting daily. Sometimes babies are sensitive to sugar, making them noticeably hyperactive to their parents.

About the Author

Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.