Babies cry. That’s a fact. Sometimes you know exactly what your baby’s cry is communicating and other times, it’s harder to tell. From colic to teething to ear infections to just plain fussiness, infants have many reasons for crying. No matter the reason, you want to comfort your baby and end the tears as quickly as possible. Here are some techniques you can use to sooth your restless baby:
- Learn to swaddle your child. Swaddling is a proven method for helping babies calm down. By wrapping them snugly in a blanket, you provide them with warmth and security. If you aren’t sure how to swaddle your baby safely, ask your pediatrician to teach you.
- Wear your child. Though you may just want to be in a different room from your child, babies who are have more skin-to-skin contact tend to cry less often. Be sure to pick a sling or carrier that is the correct size for your baby and always follow safety guidelines for their use.
- Try some white noise. Repetitive whirring noises such as a fan, vacuum cleaner or washer can relax babies. Try turning on one of these items or using a white noise machine for the part of the day your baby is most fussy. Even shushing in their ear may be enough white noise to calm your child.
- Go for a walk or drive. Motion or the hum of a car soothes babies. Try going for a brisk walk or a quick spin around the neighborhood to help your child sleep.
Every parent, at some point in time, feels like their baby may never stop crying. Lack of sleep and frustration can cause you to be angry with the situation. At these times, take a deep breathe. Remember, no matter how frustrated you get, never shake a baby. If you need a break, ask a family member to take care of the baby. Even a 10 minute break can do wonders for your state of mind.
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