Few things make a mom feel as helpless as when she’s unable to soothe her fussy baby.
Babies cry and fuss for several reasons. In fact until they can speak, crying is one of their primary methods of communication. While most crying signals that your baby has a need that he wants met (like he wants to eat or to be changed), other times it can be more difficult for a parent to understand why their baby is fussy. The next time you have trouble soothing your fussy baby, try using these 5 steps.
Take your baby to a quiet place
Babies can become over stimulated quite easily. Sometimes the lights, sounds and environment are simply too much for babies to handle and as a result, they become fussy. Moving your baby to a quiet or familiar location can often help him to settle down.
Swaddle your baby
Many babies enjoy being swaddled because it gives them a sense of security and safety. A snug swaddle can help control your young babies’ arm movements, which often can prevent him from sleeping soundly.
Rock your baby
Gently rocking your baby in a rhythmic motion can help soothe your fussy baby. The rhythmic motion reminds your baby of being in the womb.
Sing to your baby
Repeating sounds like “shh, shh, shh” or “ahh, ahh, baby” in a rhythmic pattern on a resting tone can help to soothe your baby. Regardless of how bad you think you sing, your voice is familiar and comforting to your baby.
Sometimes holding your baby differently can help soothe him. If your baby has gas, holding him with his stomach pressed against yours may help alleviate his discomfort. Holding your baby like a football, with his belly resting on the inside of your forearm may also help.
Time to themselves
If you’re still unable to calm your fussy baby, try putting him in his crib for a few minutes. Sometimes like adults, babies just want a little time to themselves. If you believe all of your babies needs are met, and after trying these tips you’re still unable to soothe your fussy baby, contact your baby’s pediatrician.