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Now that I’ve experienced the newborn phase with two girls, who are complete polar opposites might I add, I feel like I have a pretty good idea about what works to soothe a screaming baby.
Leilah was a very colicky newborn. I know there are some cases that are worse, but there were so many days that she would cry, without stopping from 6pm until 12am. Literally, six hours of crying. This is when Shahbaz and I would take turns attempting to calm her down so that we didn’t go totally insane. But, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t crying right along with her during those nights.
On the other hand, Samara was basically born sleeping through the night. (Obviously, thats an exaggeration) but now that she is older, thats how it feels. She does have her witching hour, usually 6pm until her bedtime at 7:30. But, generally she is a very happy baby.
So, with the experience I have so far, these are my favorite ways to soothe a super cranky babe.
This swing we have has been a miracle worker for both Leilah and Samara. In the early days, babies are really sleepy and can fall asleep just about anywhere. But after a couple of weeks they start becoming aware when you are no longer holding them, and lets face it, you cannot hold your baby during every nap. Swings come in so handy when you just can’t sit in one place and rock your baby. The rocking motion mimics what it feels like in the womb, so babies love this. I would sometimes clip other, more colorful toys onto the mobile as well if they’re just playing.
I’ve mentioned this in my post about sleep training before and swear by it. White noise is a major game changer when it comes to sleep. Whether it’s for a baby, toddler, or adult, white noise can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I like to use the white noise or rain settings because it drowns out more frequencies. Literally the girls can have these on in their rooms and we can be laughing and talking in the living room without them waking up. Love it!
Sometimes a baby is irritable because they are just all floppy and spazzy. You know what I mean, when you see a baby’s arms just flying around. They startle easy and can’t settle themselves. Being swaddled also replicates the feeling of being in the womb and can help calm babies down. Some people opt to just use a blanket to swaddle their babies. I don’t know if it was just my swaddling skills, or my hulk babies, but they were both born being able to break free from a blanket swaddle. So, the velcro ones come in handy.
Now, I’ve seen these on people’s lists of things they didn’t need for their newborn. And Leilah never liked a pacifier as a baby. However, with Samara, this thing is like gold. I’ve only ever used the Soothie pacifiers with her, so that’s all she will take. She always wanted it in her mouth while she was trying to fall asleep, or in her car seat, but the darn thing kept flying out and she couldn’t find it. Making her scream even louder out of frustration. The Wubbanub is genius because it makes it easier for the Paci to stay in baby’s mouth, and if it does pop out they can find it a lot faster. Samara loves to play with hers and chew on it’s tail too. What’s nice is they come as a variety of different animals. Super cute.
The Magic Video!!!!!!!
I literally cannot put enough exclamation points for this one. I can’t even count how many times we played this video when Leilah was a baby. She was so fussy and cranky over just about everything. But, the second this video came on she calmed right down. She would completely relax and mellow out, sometimes even falling asleep. The soft music and soothing visuals really do wonders for babies little minds. I would save this for whenever your little one is having a meltdown and be amazed with how fast they will relax watching it.
I hope some of these have come in handy for some. What are your favorite ways to soothe your kiddos? Let me know in the comments!