Crying is the first form of communication for babies. It doesn’t always have to be stopped and babies don’t all cry for the same reason. Babies older than four months may cry for more complex reasons than babies younger than four months. Let’s look at ways of soothing a baby.
Before deciding on how to soothe baby, take a good look at the situation and the environment and consider why they could be crying. Contrary to what is frequently thought; a breastfeeding is not always the answer! Common reasons for crying other than hunger are; overstimulated, over-tired, pain, discomfort or tension in the carer. Deciding on the most likely why helps determine what soothing method to use.
1. Babies less than eight weeks old generally have a period of every day and one day every week where they are unsettled.
At these times give more cuddles in a relaxed environment and an extra breastfeed or two and be comforted that the crying will pass.
2. Babies love to be held close.
They love to feel your touch and listen to your heartbeat. A carrying sling is a lovely way to safely create this connection and it frees you up to go for a walk or get some chores done. There are many varieties, therefore, try slings on in the store before you purchase one to make sure it is the correct one for you. Babywearing is also good for stimulating breast milk production and strengthening bonds of attachment.
3. Don’t be surprised if your newborn does not settle and stop crying when you take them for a walk in a stroller.
This is especially true if you have one that faces baby outwards. Babies need to know you are close; you are their security and their guide. They are not ready to face the world alone and have strange faces peering in at them for at least three months. If you do choose the stroller ride, traveling over rough surfaces may help.
4. An electric rocker can help some babies to settle; even if just for a short time (comes in handy with twins).
Often babies born from mothers who were very active during pregnancy, require extra movement to mimic this activity level. If babies are already overstimulated or over-tired avoid turning on the rocker’s lights and mobiles as this will stimulate them even more.
5. A deep warm bath.
Now that would relax anyone, especially if it is in the quiet with lavender or chamomile oil burning nearby. Add a cup of soothing Chamomile tea to the bath water. Avoid bright artificial lights; use candles or sunlight instead. Don’t be in a rush; let baby float freely in the water while you have a firm grip on the arm. Bubbles appearing on the surface (with the occasional poo) will indicate their bowel is relaxing!
6. Sucking a dummy soothes some babies.
Babies that benefit from sucking commonly have wind pain, reflux pain, cranial discomfort or just like to suck. It is best to avoid the use of dummies until a good latch at the breast is achieved and babies are feeding well. Make sure regular feeds are not replaced with sucking a dummy. Babies with a constant need to suck may have an attachment or milk supply problem. Check attachment closely and seek professional help if needed. Ensure dummies are in good working order to reduce the risk of choking. Choose a round ended cherry shaped soft rubber variety; more like a real nipple.
7. White noise is a great way to create calm as it mimics womb noises.
It helps dull sudden sharp noises which cause babies to startle and wake which contribute to them becoming over stimulated and over-tired. White noise can be from an App, CD, washing machine, overhead fan, shhhing or am/FM radio station of the channel. Make the white noise louder the more unsettled babies are.
8. Give babies a 10-minute massage every day when they are settled and receptive.
Infant massage is shown to help decrease colic, constipation, and irritability and improves the stability of the nervous system which promotes sleep.
9. Lay baby in bed with you, cuddle up close. Sing or hum to them.
10. Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping babies snugly in breathable cloth so that movement of the limbs is restricted.
Swaddling prevents the startle reflex (flailing arms) occurring allowing them to learn to sleep for longer periods.
11.Using Baby Swings
Baby swings have grown to be a popular piece of equipment not only because they can rock a baby to sleep but also provide a safe place to put the baby down.
The first few months of a newborn are often the most challenging for a mother especially if it is her first time. A baby swing can make the first few months of a baby being born much easier.
Before one can purchase a baby swing one should search for the best baby swing with the following characteristics:
Functionality- One should search for an infant swing with a wide variety of rocking speeds, optionally six. The sound function should offer a wide range of music with a feature to adjust the volume and a timer. The timer helps one to set the amount of time one wants the swing to rock.
Comfort- A baby swing needs to be comfortable. One should check if the seat covers are soft enough and whether it has a removable head support and variable positions of backrest. One will need at the very least an upright position and a fully reclining position. One should preferably find a swing that also has a position between these two positions.
Practicability- The seat cover ought to be removable and easy to wash in order to maintain the swing clean. A swing that folds is also highly convenient.
One of the biggest advantages of infant swings is that they are portable and one can carry them anywhere he or she wishes. For instance, a mother can set up a baby swing near the kitchen to watch over the baby when she is cooking. One can also set up the swing in the dining room while enjoying a meal or in the theater room during a movie. Baby swings also make excellent baby sitters. They can sooth the baby for quite some time as one does other duties in the house.