Soothing the unsettled baby

“UNSETTLED” is the commonly used term for behaviour in babies (aged up to 12 months) that parents can find difficult to live with and clinicians can find difficult to treat.

Unsettled behaviours include: 

  • prolonged episodes of crying
  • inconsolable crying
  • resistance to soothing
  • difficulties settling to sleep 
  • waking after short sleeps 
  • frequent overnight waking. 


At least one in four families experience problematic infant crying and fussing behaviours. Up to one in three

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