A checklist of 33 time-tested baby calmers


  • Wearing baby in a sling
  • Dancing with baby
  • Swinging baby
  • Car rides
  • Pushing baby in a carriage
  • Taking a walk
  • Nursing while walking with baby
  • Draping baby over a beach ball
  • Comfort sucking: nursing, pacifiers
  • Music, tapes of womb sounds, heartbeats
  • Echo baby’s cry
  • Tick-tock of clock or pendulum swing of grandfather clock
  • Singing lullabies
  • Vibrating, humming gadgets wrapped in diaper or blanket
  • Running water
  • Tape of environmental sounds
  • Metronome
  • Ceiling fan, bathroom fan
  • Sounds of vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioner
  • Show baby your “silly face”
  • Magic mirror
  • Fire in fireplace
  • Gazing at traffic
  • Watching parent on exercise machine
  • Watching television or video
  • Infant massage
  • Warm fuzzy
  • Neck nestle
  • Creating the most peaceful home environment
  • A warm bath together
  • Eliminating bothersome foods from mother’s diet if breastfeeding, or changing formula
  • Red cloth on lamp so it creates red ligh