Calming a Fussy Baby

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calm a fussy babyEvery parent has experienced that moment when the baby cries and cries and cries, and there seems to be nothing you can do to stop the tears. You’ve tried feeding. You’ve changed the diaper. You’ve sung songs. It seems hopeless, but it’s not. Every baby has their own unique personality, so you’ll have to try different methods until you get one that works best. Here are seven methods you can try to sooth your fussy baby.

1. Recreate the womb experience

Babies are used to the security, warmth and comfort of mom’s womb so recreating this environment for baby can be incredibly soothing. Swaddling baby is encouraged because it does a great job of replicating the womb environment. There are many different swaddles on the market to choose from. However, once baby begins to roll, that means it’s time to stop swaddling for safety reasons, but transitioning baby from swaddling is not an easy feat. Use a transition swaddle that gives babies the warmth and security of a swaddle but leaves them some mobility.

2. Give baby a massage

Babies find it very relaxing for mom or dad to gently stroke their tummies and massage their arms and legs. You can warm up some lotion and gently spread it all over baby while kneading the skin without applying too much pressure. This can be a bonding experience for parent and baby and it can also help put your baby to sleep.

3. Use a white noise machine

Babies are also accustomed to the loud noises they heard in mom’s womb and white noise can help to reduce stress in babies, help them fall asleep more easily and reduce their crying. Have the white noise machine be louder than your baby’s crying for it to be effective.

4. Run a warm bath

For some babies there is nothing more soothing than a warm bath, especially before bed time. A lavender body wash relaxes baby and makes baby sleepy when it becomes a part of your regular nightly routine because she will associate the warm water with falling asleep.

5. Breastfeed your baby

Breastfeeding baby doesn’t just calm her hunger, it also serves to comfort your baby. It’s a very powerful way to soothe baby as she feels much closer to mom. Nursing baby for comfort also regulates baby’s breathing and heart rate.

6. Rock baby to sleep

Babies love rhythmic motions like rocking, swinging, dancing, and jiggling. Swaying while holding a fussy baby or putting baby in a swing or bouncer usually helps to keep her calm. Sitting down with baby in a rocking chair will also help as well as pushing baby in a stroller around the house or taking baby for a ride in the car.

7. Offer baby a pacifier or teething toy

A pacifier will soothe baby’s instinctive need to suck and allows baby to self soothe. Be careful not to let baby sleep with a teething toy as this could be a safety hazard. But for those times, where baby is fussing during the day or if you make sure to take the pacifier and teething toy from them after they fall asleep, this is a great way to calm a fussy baby. Most babies will wean themselves off the pacifier when it is no longer needed. If baby is fussy because she is teething, a teething toy will help soothe baby’s sore gums and ease her discomfort.

Important Note: Although all of these are great ways to help calm your fussy baby, make sure to not become too reliant on any of these so that your little one doesn’t learn how to self-soothe on their own. Anything that could potentially become a sleep aid, like rocking and nursing should be used sparingly so that your little one doesn’t become dependent on any one particular thing to fall asleep. If a baby becomes used to needing to nurse in order to fall asleep, for example, you can be creating a habit that is difficult to break. You don’t want a little one who needs to feed in order to sleep even if they may not be hungry. The Zipadee-Zip has been used by moms everywhere to help reduce the need for sleep aids and encourage self-soothing.

transition baby from swaddleGuest blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

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