A crying baby needs to be comforted. If you are unable to comfort her by regular means, try something different. Here we give some ideas on how to comfort a crying baby.
Give the baby a fresh face and a new set of arms
If you have been struggling to comfort your wailing baby in vain, you should consider handing her over to somebody else like the other parent, a friend or a relative. Your inability to comfort your child invariably leads you to exhibit signs of stress and fatigue. Your baby will be quick to notice your tension and frustration and will respond with more tears. It will be a relief for both you and the baby if somebody else takes over. Remember that sometimes a new broom sweeps clean.
Provide some entertainment
Some babies have a low threshold for boredom. They are not content to sit and watch the world go by. They want to be a part of things and you have to ensure that they are kept busy. You have to make the effort to include them in your daily routine. This may involve carrying them around and explaining to them what you are up to, finding toys and other objects in the environment to keep them amused.
Give the baby some fresh air
Taking your baby outdoors will often dramatically improve her mood. Taking her for a drive or a walk in her baby carrier or push-chair should produce results. Even if it is dark out, streetlights and the sight and sound of traffic should distract the baby.
What are some of the other ways to sooth a baby?
Here are discussed some other ways you can try to soothe her:
This is one of the best ways to make her feel secured and cosy in a bundle. Experts suggest swaddling is a great way to soothe a baby and many a times parents have found it easier to settle down their babies faster in a swaddle.
Babies are also known to be happy in a swaddle and parents often find it soothing. If she is a grown up by now, you may want to keep her arms out to ensure ease of movements.
Wearing your Baby
You may want to hold your baby close to you and walk around for some time. Your baby enjoys your body warmth and closeness with you. You may use a front carrying carrier and then arrange it on your back when she grows older. Baby slings are known to work wonders when you are trying to soothe her.
Research findings show babies tend to feel comfortable and it is easier for them to fall asleep when there is soothing music around. You can play soothing music to help her soothe herself.
Sing to your Baby
Singing songs or a rhyme can be another way to soothe her and ensure she stops crying. A lullaby can sometimes act as a miracle when she gets cranky. Babies are known to feel comforted by the voice of her mother or father.
A Warm Bath
You may want to offer her a warm bath before bed to soothe her nerves. This shall also help her sleep well. If you think your baby gets stimulated by the bubble bath, you may arrange for a bath after her play time.
A Gentle Massage
A gentle touch or a massage can make a cranky baby calmer. Rubbing palms and fingers may also help. You can make her lie comfortably while you stroke her by the sides.
You need to rule out the possibility of colic if she is crying. If you find her crying little too much, maybe she is having her colic pains. You may consider offering the anti-colic drops that are prescribed by your doctor and offer some back massage for the much needed relief.
So, these are some methods you can try while soothing your baby. Of course you may have some of your own strategies that work best for your baby. Do not forget to share your experiences with us.
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