There is nothing in the world like a calm comfortable baby. Sometimes my babies cried so much that when they finally fell asleep, I would find myself whispering and asking the rest of the family to please be as quiet as possible because baby was sleeping. Do you know what I mean mommy? Today we are going to learn how to calm your baby. Yes I am going to give you good tips that worked for me. It may take a few tries, but with patience and practice you’ll find out what works and what doesn’t for your baby. I hope they work also for you.
Did you know that your baby came from a noisy environment?
Babies in utero are rocked and swayed. They’re bombarded with the whooshing and gurgling sounds of their mother’s body and cradled by the walls of their “room.” No wonder, Karp says, they feel insecure and unhappy when lying alone in a quiet nursery, their arms and legs loose and flailing.(Paid link)
“Most babies doze much better when surrounded by some of the soothing sensations they enjoyed in the womb. These sensations work so well because they turn on a calming reflex – an off-switch for crying and on-switch for sleep that all babies are born with.”
- Swaddle your baby in a large, thin blanket (ask your nurse or child’s doctor to show you how to do it correctly) to help her feel secure.
- Hold your baby in your arms and place her body on her left side to help digestion or stomach for support. Gently rub her back. If your baby goes to sleep, remember to always lay her down in her crib on her back.
- Turn on a calming sound. Sounds that remind babies of being inside the womb may be calming, such as a white noise device, the humming sound of a fan, or the recording of a heartbeat.
- Walk your baby in a body carrier or rock her. Calming motions remind babies of movements they felt in the womb.
- Avoid overfeeding your baby because this may also make her uncomfortable. Try to wait at least 2 to 2½ hours from the beginning of one feeding to the next.
- If it is not yet time to feed your baby, offer the breast or pacifier if breastfeeding is established. Many babies are calmed by sucking.
- If food sensitivity is the cause of discomfort, a change in diet may help.
- For breastfed babies: Moms may try changing their own diet. See if your baby gets less fussy if you cut down on milk products or caffeine. If there is no difference after making the dietary changes, resume your usual diet. Avoiding spicy or gassy foods like onions or cabbage has worked for some moms, but this has not been scientifically proven.
- For bottle-fed babies: Ask your child’s doctor if you should try a different formula. This has been shown to be helpful for some babies.
- Keep a diary of when your baby is awake, asleep, eating, and crying. Write down how long it takes your baby to eat or if your baby cries the most after eating. Talk with your child’s doctor about these behaviors to see if her crying is related to sleeping or eating.
- Limit each daytime nap to no longer than 3 hours a day. Keep your baby calm and quiet when you feed or change her during the night by avoiding bright lights and noises, such as the TV.(Paid link)
How do I swaddle a baby?
- Lay a blanket on a flat surface like a diamond and fold down the top corner about 6 inches to form a straight edge.
- Place your baby on his back so that the top of the fabric is at shoulder level.
- Bring your baby’s left arm down. Pull the corner of the blanket near his left hand over his arm and chest, and tuck the leading edge under his back on his right side.
- Bring your baby’s right arm down. Pull the corner of the blanket near his right hand over his arm and chest, and tuck the cloth under his left side.
- Twist or fold the bottom end of the blanket and tuck it loosely behind your baby, making sure that both legs are bent up and out from his body, his hips can move, and his legs can spread apart naturally.
How To Keep Yourself Calm When Your Baby Is Fussy
If you have tried to calm your crying baby but nothing seems to work, you may need to take a moment for yourself. Crying can be tough to handle, especially if you’re physically tired and mentally exhausted.
- Take a deep breath and count to 10.
- Place your baby in a safe place, such as crib or playpen without blankets and stuffed animals; leave the room; and let your baby cry alone for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- While your baby is in a safe place, consider some actions that may help calm you down.
- Listen to music for a few minutes.
- Call a friend or family member for emotional support.
- Do simple household chores, such as vacuuming or washing the dishes.
- If you have not calmed after 10 to 15 minutes, check on your baby but do not pick up your baby until you feel you have calmed down.
- Determine if your baby has a fever. If over 100 there is cause for concern.
- Make sure your baby is not clad with too many clothes
- Check your baby’s diaper. Babies hate soiled diapers.
- When you have calmed down, go back and pick up your baby. If your baby is still crying, retry soothing measures.
- Call your child’s doctor. There may be a medical reason why your baby is crying.
- Try to be patient. Keeping your baby safe is the most important thing you can do. It is normal to feel upset, frustrated, or even angry, but it is important to keep your behavior under control. Remember, it is never safe to shake, throw, hit, slam, or jerk any child—and it never solves the problem!
All babies at some point in their growth will become fussy and irritable. Knowing how to handle these times is important to prevent you from getting burnout. Calming your baby can happen in many ways. I hope you never get burn out and find a solution to calming your baby. Remember God loves you and He cares. Ask Him to give you the wisdom you need to taking care of your little star. If you have a topic you would like for me to talk about, let me know below. This website contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission from products and services you purchase through my links at no extra cause to you.
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