For little babies, crying is the only way of communicating their needs and feelings to those around them. So, it is not abnormal or unhealthy for them to cry. However, as parents, there are times when it gets a little bit challenging especially when you cannot calm the little one who seems to cry endlessly. More often than not, babies cry when they are hungry, have soiled diapers, and are sleepy. This usually takes less than two hours each day.
Nevertheless, there are other times when your baby can cry more than two hours even with all the needs mentioned above fully taken care of. If he or she cries for more than 3 hours every day for more than 3 weeks, then your baby has colic. This happens when your baby is around 6 to 8 weeks but eventually gets better with time. Here are a few tips to help you successfully calm your little bundle of joy.
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If your baby is crying nonstop, look for several ways of entertaining him or her. For instance play soothing music for the baby or better still, sing the songs yourself. You can also try shaking rattling toys just to make your baby happy. Making funny noises accompanied with interesting facial expressions also work well in distracting a crying baby and keeping him or her entertained.
#2. Swaying or rocking
Swaying or rocking is one of the most common ways of soothing a crying baby. You can achieve this by sitting on a swaying or rocking chair while holding your little one. Also, you can use a vibrating baby seat or a motorized swing. However, it is advisable not to use this method all the time to prevent damaging the developing brain of the baby.
#3. Go for a walk
Sometimes boredom can lead to the restlessness of your baby. This is the time he or she is learning and taking in his or her surroundings. Staying in one position can trigger the unending cries. Step outside with your little bundle of joy and enjoy a walk in your neighborhood. The cool breeze and fresh air will do wonders in calming your baby down as you enjoy the beautiful sceneries.
#4. Dim the lights
A lot of light can over stimulate your baby and make him or her restless. To calm the baby down, dim the lights or switch them off altogether. A quiet dark place is soothing for the baby because it replicates the womb where he or she is familiar with.
#5. Bath and massage the baby
A warm bath is relaxing and it will do your baby some good. Fill the baby’s bath tub with warm water and give him or her a nice bath. Ensure that you have as much fun as possible while at it. After the bath, you can also give the baby a massage.
There are numerous ways to soothe your baby but you don’t need to use all of them because your baby will have calmed down before exhausting all of the tips above. In fact by just ensuring that the baby is well fed and dry, you will have dealt with most of the restlessness. Sometimes the little ones don’t need much but a soothing and loving warm cuddle.
Zuri’s Baby Corner wishes you and your baby a calm day.