Comforting Your Crying Infant

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All babies tend to cry no matter how well you take care of the little one. The fact that your infant is totally dependent on you to provide him/ her with all the comfort, warmth and food, crying is your infant’s way of communicating to you all their needs. However, since a wailing child can make many parents frustrated at times, learning some simple tips to soothe your child will not only help you ease the crying and enhance their calmness, but will also help your baby feel safe, secure and comfortable.

5 Tips To Stop Crying Babies

Tip #1: Swaddling

When a baby is in its mother’s womb, they are accustomed to feeling warm, cozy and squished. Providing a similar environment outside by swaddling your infant in a blanket may help your baby experience the same confined feeling and will calm them and help them feel more secure. In addition, swaddling your baby will also help you prevent your infant’s uncontrolled arm and leg flailing that can otherwise lead to hysterical wailing. However, for safety reasons, remember to position you’re little on their back rather than on the side or stomach to ensure the legs do not get cramped in the swaddle.

Tip #2: Rock-a-Bye Baby

Any sort of rhythmic movements such as moving your little one side to side, up and down or back and forth imitates the baby’s experience of being in the womb. Swaying the baby rhythmically works on the motion sensors inside the infant’s ears and helps produce a hypnotic, calming effect. To rock babies, you can sit with them on a rocking chair, take them around the block in a stroller, walk around by rocking her or just take her out for a ride in your car. However, since babies tend to respond differently to different movements, experimenting with each one will help you select the one that best suits your baby.

Tip #3: Create White Noise

Babies in the womb tend to become used to the sound of the blood flowing through the mother’s arteries and the sound of her heart beat. Thus, creating similar sound can prove to be a great technique that can help a baby stop crying and stay comfortable. White noise is basically a noise that is usually dull, predictably repetitive and is generated by combining different frequencies together. While the noise of a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer or the steady rhythm of a washing machine can help get a baby stop crying, you can also download white noise sounds or buy a white noise CD created for babies. In addition, saying sounds such as “shh, shh, shh” in your little one’ ear is also a great tip to stop crying babies and help them stay calmer.

Tip #4: Try a massage or a tummy rub

Using a baby oil or baby cream, gently massaging your baby with rhythmic strokes with your hands is a great way to cope with a crying baby. Touch stimulates the pressure receptors in the baby’s brain and helps the infant calm down and feel more secured. In addition, massaging the baby’s tummy can help move wind and help ease colic, wind or constipation; thereby relieving him of the discomfort and help reduce crying and fussiness. Massaging your baby regularly helps reduce the overall crying time of infants and toddlers significantly and helps them stay happy and healthy.

Tip#5: Give the baby something to suck on

Newborns tend to have a great desire to suck. Comfort sucking can help relax an infant’s tummy, steady the heart rate of the baby and help a settle down. Occupying your baby with an infant bottle, a pacifier or breast feeding can bring great comfort and help the baby stop crying.

Candy is often the go to method for some to stop their children from crying, however there are some precautions to be aware of. While traveling in a vehicle you should obviously use caution and not give them anything that they can choke on. They will not be readily with in reach and you never know if you will be able to pull over right away depending on traffic. Secondly, while candy is often the easiest option, it is not exactly the most healthy option.

The above mentioned tips to stop crying babies can prove to be highly beneficial in helping you cope with baby crying. As parents, it is important to remind yourself that crying is a natural process that does not cause any harm to the infant. It is therefore advisable that parents do not blame themselves for their baby crying or become hyper or agitate of the issue. However, if you find that your little one is crying too often or is unresponsive, it is highly recommended that seek help from a child development specialist or your pediatrician to help you cope with crying babies.

Tips To Get Your Child To Sleep Better

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A new baby is a wondrous source of joy for new parents, except when it comes to sleep time and all you can do is listen to loud wails and screams or stare at the little sober eyes. Though most babies sleep for approximately two thirds of the day, it is usually in short bursts. Sleep is an important part of your newborns daily life and knowing the facts is something that every parent needs to be aware of. Below are a few simple tips that will get your baby to sleep faster and for longer.

Feed Them Before Bed Time

By having a full stomach before going to bed, you ensure that your baby won’t wake up in the middle of the night hungry and screaming for milk. This is a good strategy to keep the baby to sleep for longer and more peacefully. Though, you should not overfeed as this could lead to gas and discomfort.

Tire Them Out During The Day

Encouraging daily activity will stimulate the baby to stay awake and active during the day. You can make play a part of the child’s life by letting him play with siblings and other children. You can also find suitable and safe toys for the baby. This will help to make your baby tired and more sleepy at night thus will sleep faster and for longer.  Car rides are another great way to expose your child to new things while also keeping them active.  Although if you are using a top rated car seat chances are that they might just dose off during the ride.  An active child is one that will definitely be more apt to sleep as the day winds down.

Create A Specific Routine

An infant’s psychology is just the same as that of an adult and establishing a specific routine will have them predict whatever they are supposed to do at a particular time. An example is, a warm bath, reading a story to the child or a soft massage before putting them to sleep will always make them understand that when any of the above is done, then it is time to sleep. This will make them sleep faster without much trouble and their sleep patterns regular. It is also very advisable to create a specific spot for the baby to sleep daily as it will help keep their sleeping pattern regular.

Be Comforting

Good sleep can only be achieved in a comfortable environment. Having the baby’s bedding and clothes clean, soft and comfortable will definitely soothe the baby to sleep and have them sleep for longer. The clothes should also be chosen depending on the temperature at that particular time and area. When it is cold, dress your baby in warm clothes and when hot, use light clothing. The baby’s room should be kept quiet , though some prefer falling asleep to low-toned nature sounds or soft music. It is also advisable to have the room low-lit to avoid distractions as a result of light. Temperature should also be regulated for the baby to have longer, smoother and better sleep. Cool temperatures of between 65 degrees Celsius and 70 degrees Celsius is the optimal temperature for a baby to sleep. Swaddling them can help to keep them warm but care should be taken to prevent them from overheating.

Signs of Pain

Infants usually suffer from pain though they cannot talk about it. This is natural to all babies since some pains are associated with teething, fevers, gas or illnesses among other conditions. This may greatly affect the child’s sleeping patterns thus causing sleep deprivation. This should be addressed as soon as you discover it. Whenever your child has trouble sleeping because of pain, it is best to try your best to identify the pain and its cause and try to manage it where possible. If it can be treated using over-the-counter drugs, topical gels or massage, then do so but if it is a serious medical case, then you should seek help from a doctor.

Start Sleep Training

Most people prefer to start this when the child is 4 months old but it can as well work for a newborn since most of the baby’s senses are working normally. You can try putting your baby to bed when he is drowsy and not fast asleep as it will train him to soothe himself to sleep without any assistance. You should also try to wake your baby up before putting him to bed so as to allow him to soothe himself back to sleep. This comes in handy whenever the baby wakes up in the middle of the night and there is no one to make him sleep. You should also never run to pick your baby immediately he wakes up and starts crying. Allow him to soothe himself back to sleep. This will also teach him to be patient.

Avoid Eye Contact

Whenever you want your baby to sleep, you should avoid looking into his eyes. Eye contact has been proven to have a stimulating effect to the child’s body; it increases his heartbeat thus making him active and more awake thus preventing the baby from sleeping.

Use Extra Absorbent Diapers

In addition, using more absorbent night time diapers instead of the normal ones will help your baby to sleep longer without getting wet. Changing soiled diapers now and then during the night disrupts the baby’s normal sleeping pattern.

These are just some of the ways that you can help your child sleep better at night and get on a normal routine. This is often one of the top issues for new parents that can really disrupt their lives. The lack of sleep can have a dramatic impact, not only on your child, but you as well.