The sound of a newborn baby crying can be such a shock to the system if you haven't had much to do with babies. It can feel impossible to stop the crying, adding to the stress of a new baby.
Many baby books advise that babies cry for hours a day and there's not a lot you can do about it. We don't think that advice is very helpful!
In our experience and research in most cases you can actually do a lot to calm newborn crying, which makes life with a baby far easier.
There are 2 essential skills to calming crying:
Identifying the reason your baby is crying
Learning techniques to calm crying (and help your baby fall asleep).