Being a parent is the most wonderful job you’ll ever have – and probably the hardest.

Along with the good times come some tough times, too, and they can start with a fussy baby. 

Babies cry.  It’s their way of letting us know that something is not quite right.  Some babies go through periods of crying that may last until the baby is 4 to 6 months old.  Sometimes nothing works to stop the crying … and that can make anyone feel frustrated, powerless and angry – sometimes to the point of shaking or hurting the baby.  Nobody wants that to happen.  And it doesn’t have to happen.


  1. A few basics to check
  2. If the crying continues, try these techniques.
  3. Take care of yourself
  4. Leave instructions for caregivers

If nothing seems to work, put  your baby in a safe place -- an empty crib or bassinet -- and walk away for a few minutes.  The baby will be fine.  The time you spend away from the crying can help you calm down, so you’ll be better able to handle the situation when you come back – even if your baby keeps crying.

As you and your baby get to know each other, it will get easier.  You can make it through this tough time.

And remember… the crying won’t last forever.


The DVD, "When Your Baby Cries," was produced by the Fred Rogers Company for A Child's Place, part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, with funding from the Staunton Farm Foundation.