May 17, 2013

Preparing for A Little One: Calming a Screaming Baby

This week's topic for Preparing for A Little One Linkup is, "Calming Your Baby & Sleep Methods."

I recently heard another new mom say that becoming a mother is a wonderful gift but it's also one of the most frustrating jobs on earth. Most of that frustration stems from trying to calm your baby while they continue to cry, for no apparent reason. No matter what you seem to do it doesn't stop their tears. As a new mon it can be incredibly disheartening. Unfortunately, this will happen. It will be difficult not to get discouraged, but know every new mom has experienced the same frustration.

Depending on your babies age/size you'll need to feed them every three to four hours so don't begin motherhood with the expectation that you're baby will be different and you'll get to sleep through the night. He won't sleep eight hours straight, he can't. Now that that's out of the way, here are some tips for soothing your Little One in your most desperate moments. None of these are sure-fire ways to calm an infant but they're a great place to start.

First determine that your little guy has a full belly, a clean diaper and isn't sick. Then try some of these simple tricks to sooth them:

- Sound machines or white noise machines. You can invest in special noise makers or there are apps for iPhones and android devices that work equally as well. I personally don't think you need to do anything fancy here, a humidifier or fan can create plenty of noise that will help sooth a little one but the options are endless. 

- Rock your little one. There's a reason that rocking chairs have been a tried and true tool for moms throughout the ages, they work. Cuddle up with your buddle of joy and talk, sing or read to them. Most babies find the sound of their parent's voice comforting. Plus it's a perfect time to bond.

- Swaddle your cuddle bug. Babies love to be wrapped up tight. Consider buying a miracle blanket or some other swaddle. If you don't want to spend the money you can always follow these swaddling instructions. If you're planning on swaddling your baby ask the nurses at the hospital their tricks to keeping baby comfy cozy.

- Pacifiers. I know this is controversial and it's not for everyone but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. Personally, I've had a very positive experience with pacifiers and <A> never experienced any "confusion."

- Take a joy ride. I don't know what it is, but little ones love the soothing hum and vibration of a car. Take a ride around the block and your little one just might settle down.

Just remember each baby is different and there's not a perfect formula to stop a crying infant. As a new parent at some point you'll be exhausted and your baby will cry uncontrollably for no apparent reason. This doesn't make you a bad parent. Just be cognizant of your baby's behavior. Learn what they like and dislike. For example, <A> almost always stops crying if you walk him up and down the stairs. Try implementing those little things when they get fussy. 

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