Dealing with a fussy baby is tough for new parents. You’re never sure exactly what the problem is. Sometimes you just need to tend to one of their needs, other times you can’t figure it out. It’s awful, especially in public. Having a colicky baby is even worse, which leaves parents exhausted and tired. I’ve counseled many parents on how to calm their fussy babies, so here are my five basic remedies.
Be sure to watch for sleeping cues. These are signs that baby is tired and as soon as you notice these (heavy eyes, rubbing eyes or ears, yawning, baby starring off and not paying attention, etc.) you want to put you baby down to sleep. If baby is overtired the fussiness will only get worse. Read about the 5 ways to soothe a fussy baby below.
1. Swaddle your baby
Getting your baby to sleep is not always easy, but swaddling can often do the trick as it reminds baby of being safe and warm in mom’s womb. The Woombie was specially designed to mimic the security and comfort of the womb. It requires no wrapping making it easier to swaddle baby in compared to using a blanket. It also prevents overheating, unraveling blankets, and protects against hip dysplasia. No risk of wrapping too tightly!
2. Change baby’s position
Some babies prefer to be held in different positions that may not necessarily seem comfortable to you. A popular position is holding baby facedown with your hand under her stomach and her head resting on your arm. This can also help relieve any gas that may be causing baby to cry.
3. Try babywearing
If you put baby in a sling or carrier and keep her close to your chest, this can help her feel cozy and snuggly next to mom or dad and she may even fall asleep. It’s also a great way for parents to bond with baby – it’s no wonder that babywearing is so common in many different cultures. MyRoo Tube is a great favorite skin-to-skin shirt for babies and parents.
4. Go for a ride
Most babies enjoy being rocked to sleep because the rhythmic motion is gentle and calming. A baby swing that vibrates can be very helpful or even just sitting in a rocking chair in the nursery. If all else fails, try going for a drive in the car. Go around the block a few times and you might find baby fast asleep once you arrive back home. You just do not want to get into the habit of baby not sleeping unless you go for a ride so be careful of this.
5. Use white noise
When baby was in the womb, he was used to hearing all of the noises mom’s body makes so it’s not as quiet as you would think. A white noise machine can provide some soothing sounds that remind baby of being in the womb and they can also help baby sleep for a longer period of time. They even have white noise apps for smart phones that you can use on the go or if you are in a real bind, the simple “shushing” sound works well.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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