Newborns cry on average for about 2 hours a day. Here are a few top tips for easing their tears:

1. Swaddling: Many infants love the security of being tightly wrapped in a receiving blanket. Labour-and-delivery nurses are pros at this technique--ask one to show you.

2. "Wearing" him in a sling: Babies who are held or carried most of their waking hours are less fussy than those left in a crib or infant seat.

3. Bouncing: Hold him in your arms and gently bounce on the bed or a workout ball for several minutes. Rocking works well, too.

4. Moving: A change of scenery that also involves motion can work wonders, so take a walk, go for a ride or dance around the house.

5. Making noise: Fans, vacuum cleaners or just loud shushing reminds your little one of the womb. Don't want to wear out your appliances? Try a CD, such as The Happiest Baby "Super-Soothing" Calming Sounds by pediatrician Harvey Karp, M.D. ($13, amazon.com).