Coping with Crying Helping parents soothe their crying baby

Looking after a crying baby is hard but for some families it can be very serious. Babies’ crying has been linked to: 

  • stressChildren and Young People Now Awards 2014 Finalist
  • depression
  • relationship problems.

In extreme cases, parents may become angry and harm their baby. When babies are shaken, thrown or handled roughly this can result in what’s called non-accidental head injuries. It’s the leading cause of death and long-term disability for babies who are harmed (Sidebotham and Fleming, 2007). 

Our short film, Coping with Crying, prepares parents for the stress they might feel when their baby cries and help them to cope better. It aims to prevent non-accidental head injuries.

How the film works

baby with toysThe film is shown to parents by professionals who work with babies such as midwives, maternity support workers, health visitors and children’s centre workers.

In the film, parents share their experience of looking after their new baby and provide practical tips. The film also includes advice from experts about crying.

After watching the film, parents receive a leaflet with more information.

Results from our research show the Coping with Crying programme is helping to keep babies safe. Parents who have seen the film are more likely to react positively towards their baby’s crying and feel confident seeking help and support when needed.

Where can I see the Coping with Crying film?

The film is being shown in the areas that helped us to pilot the programme. Following the encouraging findings from the evaluation, we are working to make the film more widely available.

See our list below or ask your health visitor or midwife to see if it is delivered in your area.

If you support parents and babies and are interested in showing the film please contact us.

Where Coping with Crying is available

Hospitals, health and local authorities across the country provide Coping with Crying:

  • Barnsley
  • Belfast
  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Bristol
  • Calderdale
  • Camden
  • Cardiff
  • East Riding
  • Glasgow
  • Hackney
  • Haringey & Islington
  • Jersey
  • Kirklees
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells
  • Medway
  • NE Lincs
  • Newcastle
  • North Lincs
  • North Wales
  • Northumbria
  • Preston
  • Surrey
  • Swansea
  • Tayside
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Tri-Borough
  • York

Children's stories

"People knew I was struggling but they didn't know the extent."

Read Sophie, Damion and Florence's story

Evaluating the impact

Find out how we're evaluating Coping with Crying and our next steps for the programme.

Learn more

Advice for parents

Handle with care

Advice for parents on safe ways to hold and care for your baby and ways to cope when the crying doesn’t stop.
Read our leaflet

Baby and toddler safety

A crying baby can be very, very stressful and it can also bring lots of other emotions to the surface. Get advice about bonding with your baby, coping with crying and keeping them safe.

Learn more

Coping with Crying website

Our website providing information and support to parents involved in our Coping with Crying programme.

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  1. Sidebotham, P. and Fleming, P. (eds.) (2007) Unexpected death in childhood: a handbook for practitioners. Chichester: Wiley.