Crying Baby

The Supernanny website’s checklist helps you find out what’s wrong with your baby and gives some tried and tested ways to quieten him down.

When your baby cries…

Like many things about your new baby, there are no set rules on how much or how little a newborn should cry. Until he learns to soothe himself or find other ways of expressing himself, crying is the only method of communication he has with you. Still, this doesn’t mean it can’t be wearisome to an exhausted new parent…

Supernanny’s checklist helps you find out what’s wrong with your baby and gives some tried and tested ways to quiet him down.

Checklist for a crying baby

Find out more

The National Childbirth Trust is a charity with plenty of experience in the demands of newborns.

Cry-sis is an organisation which supports new parents dealing with babies who cry a lot. Call them on 08451 228 669.

La Leche League is a voluntary organisation offering help and advice on breastfeeding

Teach your Child to Sleep by the Millpond Sleep Clinic (also see Getting bedtime back on track) offers a holistic approach to night time crying from newborns (to older children).

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp offers advice for parents of crying newborns based on 'the 5 S's - swaddling, side (or stomach) position, shhhhh, swinging and sucking'

Understanding Your Crying Baby by Sheila Kitzinger aims to show parents of crying baby how they can follow their instinct, not just the book.


Bedtime Routine: As seen on the show, the Bedtime Routine ensures your child gets enough sleep, while you get time to yourself.

Controlled Crying: As used on Supernanny, this technique helps you tell a cry for attention from a distress cry, and gives you the tools to gradually make your baby less dependent on you at night time.

When a new baby breaks your routine: When a couple become parents their lifestyle is turned upside down. In this article, Paula Hall describes what can be done to ensure the bond isn’t broken by the new arrival.