The first time you hear your baby cry is the most amazing moment; it’s a sign they entered the world healthy and everything is fine! But as the weeks go by, the thrill quickly wears off and can give way to concern and frustration.
As you will inevitably learn, babies cry a lot. Sometimes, the reason is obvious: Baby is hungry, wet, or tired, and wants you to address her needs. Other times it is not so easy to find out what is wrong, too hot, clothes too tight, fever …
Try these tips to find what works best for you and your baby:
Tip 1 – Swaddle your baby
Wrapping Baby cozily in a thin, lightweight blanket with her arms across her chest has a wonderful calming effect. Swaddled babies often sleep longer and more soundly, too. Please make sure you are watching your swaddled baby, so they won’t roll over.
Tip 2 – Get a baby swing
Baby swings offer soothing, rhythmic motion that helps calm baby down. Just make sure the swing is designed for a small baby, and your baby is safely strapped in.
Tip 3 – Take a drive
The smooth, consistent motion of a car or stroller ride lulls many fussy babies to sleep.
Tip 4 – Strap on a sling
It’s not surprising that the warm, dark, close comfort of a baby sling is a great way to sooth.
Tip 5 – Try white noise
Any machine with a consistent rushing sound has a soothing effect; recordings of waves on the beach, rainfall, or the sound of a waterfall will work as well. There are also many apps out you can try and see if it helps your baby or even yourself.
Tip 6 – Go outside
A change of scenery can be distracting enough to calm your little baby girl or baby boy.
Tip 7 – Give Baby a massage
There is a lot of information out there for the best ways to massage your baby or even take a local workshop.