When I was still in the hospital having my baby, I like most ladies, had a really hard time breastfeeding. The worst morning was the day before leaving the hospital. I spent three hours with my screaming baby trying to get her to latch. She was upset and I was upset.
It was basically a battlefield of me trying to make her do something, and she not cooperating (I really thought I had a least a few years before that would happen). But a nurse came in and called for a ceasefire. She showed me that the best thing to do was take a break, calm down, and try again later. She showed me the 5 S’s of calming a crying baby.
Your baby just spent the majority of his/her life packed into a small space. Swaddling is a great way to make them feel physically secure. This Swaddle, in particular, allows you access to do diaper changes without completely unswaddling your little one. It also has little arm pockets for those little magicians (like mine) that always manage to break their arms free.
Hold them on their stomach or side. You can also put your little one up over your shoulder for a similar effect. Whenever my little one wakes up in the middle of the night this is the most effective way to get her back to sleep. I’ll hang out and cuddle with her, and once she’s ready I’ll lay her in her crib (on her back). Be aware though, whenever laying your baby down for a nap the safest position is always their back.
The womb is a loud place! Making a continuous shushing sound will imitate the constant noise they had been hearing for the past nine months. I would also invest in a white noise machine. We got the Baby SoundSpa Lullaby Sounds . It has been super effective to help her sleep longer.
A rocking motion is incredibly soothing. Whether you are holding them, they’re in a car seat carrier or in a bouncing seat. Any continuous gentle motion can work wonders.
Suckling is a good natural for babies to soothe themselves. Pacifiers are great for car rides when you can’t really utilize any of the other S’s. Some babies are picky and will only take specific kinds of pacifiers. Find out what works best for you.
In addition to the Five S’s, you’re obviously want to make sure they aren’t hungry or dirty. You can also use multiple of these tips at the same time for even better results!
Do you have any tricks that you use to get your baby to stop crying? Let me know!