The Period of PURPLE Crying® Tips

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the point in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. This period of increased crying is often described as colic, but parents need to know that this is a stage and not that there is something wrong with their baby.

The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months. Unfortunately, this crying phase can lead to babies being shaken because the parent or care giver is frustrated.

If you have a baby in this stage the following are tips to help you through this stage.


Tips to Soothe Your Crying Baby

Tips to Soothe Your Crying Infant

1. Feed your baby. Hunger is the main reason a baby will cry.

2. Burp your baby. Babies do not have a natural ability to get rid of air built up in their stomach.

3. Give your baby a lukewarm bath. A great soothing technique, but remember to never leave your baby unattended.

4. Massage your baby. A gentle massage on a baby back, arms, or legs can be very comforting.

5. Make eye contact with your baby and smile. Eye-to-eye contact with your baby when they are crying can distract and comfort them.

6. Sing Softly. Lullabies were created because of their effectivness at calming crying babies.

7. Run a Vacuum Cleaner. The noise from a vacuum is referred to as white noise which is any sound produces a loud, neutral, masking sound. Babies find these noises soothing.

8.  If nothing is working and you are feeling frustrated, put the baby in a safe place such as the crib and take a 5-10 minute break or ask for help from a family member or friend.