Let's talk about crying children, shall we? If we are completely honest, it may be ceaseless and stressful to cry. The first step to learning effective ways to calm a crying baby is to understand the difference in her scream. She could be angry, hungry, handsome, afraid, overpowered or tired. Or she may just work through an uncomfortable bowel movement. (Yes, I went there.) But with exercise, you begin to understand the nature of your newborn cry and can respond accordingly.
Here is a list of some effective ways to calm a crying baby. We hope they help!
1. Movement, motion, motion.
Sometimes it's a little movement that all crying children need. Whether it's a walk-and-bounce, a gentle movement of a rocker / swing or soft vibration of a baby swing or chair, motion can be your best friend. If you have walked the length of the room a million plus times, and you feel that your knees are ready, try bouncing on a training ball. Rock your child in your arms, or place her in your baby carrier and choose away. Ab training will only be an added bonus.
2. A small "shush" goes a long way.
Making the "shush" sound really resembles the sound your baby heard in the womb. If you say it softly directly in your ear, you can immediately calm your child's scream. This method can be even more effective in combination with a little movement … especially a gentle bounce.
3. Turn off the lights.
If your baby is over-stimulated, creating a darker space can be an effective soothing tool. Try to dim the light or turn them off completely or move to a darker room. Remember, your child is used to the womb's darkness, and even the simplest stimuli can cause distress.
4. White sound for profit.
Try what kind of white noise machine that has a consistent rush noise. Imagine waves, rain, or even rock noise. There are also many baby items (think night lights, humidifiers or bassinets) that come with a built-in white sound machine, with sound tailored exclusively for babies.
5. Just say no to gas.
Gas can be very painful for newborns as they still draw out their bodies and how they work. If you think your baby is upset by gas, try to put her down over your knees and gently rub your back. You can also try to ride your legs while lying on your back. If there is a constant problem, consult your pediatrician about your options.
6. Baby clothes for profit.
Sometimes all children need to feel safe. Using a baby wrap like this can help ease the feeling of safety. Proper baby children can remove (literally) weight from the shoulders and spread it evenly throughout the body. It can also help your baby feel swollen and safe as she did in her womb. You and your baby will enjoy the proximity, and you will be able to get a greater range of motion.
7. Take a break
Sometimes it's the best thing you can do to take a break. While not every parent or caretaker has this option, it's not a bad idea to try if you do. Calming a crying child can be stressful, and your baby can get on that energy. So if you feel that you are in your vits, send the child to your partner or family member and take a break. Whether it's a quick walk outside or entering another room for a five-minute timeout, make sure you take care of yourself so you can take care of your child better.
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