An unhappy newborn can create unrest and anxiety in a household with crying that never seems to end. If it seems like your 2-month-old baby cries constantly, you might feel like crying, too. However, there are a few soothing techniques you can use that might help your baby feel calmer and less miserable. The good news is that babies typically grow out of this crying stage and become happier.
Talk to your baby’s physician to rule out any physical issues that could be the cause of your infant's crying. For example, acid reflux can afflict babies, causing pain and frequent spitting up, according to the AskDrSears website. If your baby has a physical condition that is causing the crying, follow professional recommendations for treating it to help your baby feel more comfortable.
Resolve any physical issues that could be causing your baby to cry. For instance, feed him, burp him, check his clothing to ensure he’s comfortable and change his diaper.
Provide a pacifier for extra sucking if your baby wants to suck but isn’t hungry. Babies are born with the need to suck -- and for some babies, sucking can have a soothing and calming effect, notes HealthyChildren.org, a website of American Academy of Pediatrics.
Hold your baby to comfort her when she cries. Try a variety of positions and methods for gentle bouncing and rocking to provide motion for your infant, advises the Children’s Physician Network. Walk and bounce while patting her back, rock in a rocking chair or sit with your baby lying face down on your lap while rubbing her back.
Play white background noise for your baby to provide comfort. Babies in the 2-month age range still find monotonous white noise comforting and they often settle if you play it. A dishwasher, fan, vacuum cleaner, blow dryer or a recording of white noise might be ideal.
Try a change of scenery to help calm your baby's cries. Walk outdoors, buckle him into the car seat and take a drive, or push him in the stroller.
According to an article on Seattle Children's Hospital website, the acronym PURPLE is used to help define the normal pattern of crying for infants. The "P" refers to the fact that at about age 2 months, the amount of crying your baby does will "Peak." The "U" refers to the "Unpredictably" of the crying, while the "R" indicates that your infant might "Resist" soothing no matter what you try. The second "P" refers to the fact that even when healthy babies cry, it will often look like they are in "Pain," while the "L" indicates that they will cry for "Long" periods of time. Finally, the "E" lets you know that your baby may tend to cry more in the late afternoon or "Evening." However, keep in mind that by age 3 months, you should notice a decrease in the amount of time your little one cries each day.
Crying is a baby’s way of communicating and expending excess energy, notes the KidsHealth website. As long as you're sure that your baby isn’t hungry or in pain, the only thing left is to provide as much comfort as possible.
Never shake your baby in response to excessive crying. Injuries caused by shaking could be permanent or even fatal. If you feel like you're losing your temper, place your baby in his crib and call a family member or friend for help immediately.