Here’s How New Parents Can Soothe a Fussy Baby (And Themselves!)
abies can fuss every other hour and after some time, it can become quite stressful.
For new parents who are losing their marbles trying to figure out ways to soothe a fussy baby, we’ve got some cool parenting hacks to help you complete this mission impossible!
Bounce the Baby
According to various studies, a fussy baby can be instantly soothed when it is rocked. No, we don’t mean put your baby in a rocker, we’re talking about the old pick up your baby and bounce him!
The studies found out that when a baby is rocked and bounced in a caretaker’s arms, a calming response is triggered in the brain, which helps the baby’s heart rate to slow down and muscles to relax. Making a “shushing” sound also helps to divert the bay’s attention.
Play Calming Music
Playing instrumental music that is relaxing does wonders for adults – now imagine playing it to a baby! Babies have a pretty quirky brain, and turns out, it vibes with soothing music.
So the next time your little one is about to get fussy, play some old Waltz tunes or chirpy yoga music to distract your little one from starting a crying fit.
Sing to Your Baby
Babies rely heavily on their caretakers, like mom or dad, for their most basic needs like food, sleep, hygiene and even comfort.
According to studies, you don’t have to be Beyonce – pick up any song and sing it to your baby because the sound of a caretaker’s voice provides the baby with familiarity and a sense of comfort. Besides, the rhythm of acoustic singing is calming for the baby, too.
Change the Room
A baby can be fussy when a room is too overwhelming; this is probably due to lack of lights or vice versa, or even the temperature.
If your baby is being too fussy, maybe pick him or her up and walk into another room. A change of scenery always serves as a good distracter and usually snaps them out of their crying spell.
Change Your Baby’s Clothes
A baby can also be pretty fussy because they’re either feeling hot in their get up or feeling cold. A good way to check for this is to see their cheeks – babies have flushed cheeks when they’re warm.
Changing your baby into something comfortable is always a good idea. Something that keeps them warm and yet adequately cool at the same time is also a way to ensure that there are no crying spells.
Luckily, this fussy baby stage isn’t long lasting - many babies grow out of it by the time they’re close to two years of age because they’re able to articulate their needs by then. So parents, be patient and trust your instincts!
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