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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Soothing a Crying Baby

Isn't she beautiful?

Babies cry. I think everyone knows that. But, what do you do with a baby whose needs have all been met and the baby won't stop crying? When Chelsea was a baby she cried almost all the time for the first 3 months. Thankfully, Lily does not do that, but she does cry for about an hour every night. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years to help calm a crying baby.

1. Try a pacifier.

2. Motion. Stroller, Rocking Chair, Baby Swing, Walking, or go for a drive.

3. Singing or talking to your baby. Sometimes they are comforted by the sound of your voice.

4. Baths can be very relaxing for babies too.

5. Massage with or without baby lotions. Lily loves it when you rub her feet.
6. Undress the baby from head to toe (including diaper.) You never know if there is something in the clothes that may be bothering her.
7. Head for the outdoors if possible. We all need fresh air and sunshine.
8. Try feeding again. Babies don't always eat on a schedule.
You never know what might work. Sometimes something will calm the baby for a few minutes and then they will start crying again and you might try something else. Sometimes nothing seems to work. It doesn't mean you are doing something wrong. If you have a non stop crying baby and you have done all you can don't get frustrated. To quote the song, "It won't be like this for long." Don't feel bad if you need a break. Put your baby in a safe place (like a crib) and take a few minutes, or ask family or a friend to come and hold the baby so you can get some fresh air.
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