Blow me away!
Sometimes the best distractions for babies are the simplest and this is no exception! When babies get upset they get hot and bothered very quickly, so anything that cools and surprises really works.
Next time there are tears on the horizon grab the nearest book or magazine and start fanning their face. The feel of the cool breeze is a pleasure! Take it up a notch by packing either an old fashioned hand fan or even a small battery operated one in the nappy bag!