Newborn

Calming A Crying Baby

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Babies cry and some more than others and there are several reasons why! The hard part is since babies cannot speak to express themselves there is no way to tell exactly what they are crying about. This is why people often say babies don’t come with an instruction manual! Good thing is these days we have the internet and years of techniques and trials and errors to successfully identify and soothe an upset child.


Why Babies Cry


Hunger - Most common reason a baby cries

Try offering food or beverage first

Exhaustion - If baby’s sleep schedule is off they might show signs of being tired through crying

Try putting baby down to rest

Uncomfortable - Baby could be physically uncomfortable

Check  to make sure baby isn’t too hot or cold and isn’t sitting or lying uncomfortably

Frustrated - Sometimes babies become frustrated if their needs aren’t being met

Check off some of the other causes in this list to soothe frustrations

Lonely - If your baby is comfortable being held or rocked they might get lonely when put down.

Try putting a piece of your clothing with your scent safely next to your baby to help them feel you are there

Relieve Stress - Sometimes babies just cry to relieve stress

Try baby message or humming to help baby through the stressful moments



What to do


Rock-a-bye Baby

Rock baby in your arms or in a baby rocker (Favorite Baby Rocker (MamaRoo)


Sing

I love to hum “You are my sunshine” to calm babies


Walk

Baby might need a change of scenery so get up and walk around and if weather permits go outside for some fresh air


Swaddle

Swaddling a baby helps mimic mommys comfy womb

Not sure how to swaddle a baby? Thats okay try this baby swaddling tutorial to get inspired!


Get Out

If calming at home doesn’t seem to be working try taking baby on a car or stroller ride around the block.


Make Noise

My grandmother always told me to vacuum while a baby is sleeping, it sounds crazy I know but something about consistent loud noise does wonders for calming babies


Dime the lights

If your baby is sensitive to light at first, it makes perfect sense considering they are new to this bright world! Try dimming the lights or taking the baby into a dark room to soothe.


Bounce

Medium sized exercise balls work great. Not to mention it doubles as a light workout. Make sure baby is secured to you perhaps in a baby carrier or securely in your arms and bounce away until baby calms.


Pacifier

Offering a baby the pacifier should be the last resort as some babies might get confused between the pacifier and nipple especially if you find you are having any troubles breastfeeding


The 5 S’s  

You can also try These 5 techniques from Harvey Karp on soothing babies!

1. Shushing

2. Side-Lying

3. Swaddling

4. Sucking (pacifier or pinky)

5. Swinging (in the swing or in your arms)


PRO MOM TIP

Wear Ear Plugs! Not I am not kidding!

If you find you feel overwhelmed with cries, it helps to wear ear plugs to help ease your stress and make it easier to calm your baby!


Happy Soothing


Enjoying the Holidays with a New Baby

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It's the Holiday Season; you are making plans to visit friends and family, and they are making plans to see your new baby. Having a new baby during the holidays can be overwhelming. The struggle to please everyone while maintaining your sanity in the postpartum period can make it very difficult to enjoy the holiday season. Throw in going gift shopping with your infant when all you want is to enjoy your baby-moon, and you have a recipe for disaster. There is good news, though! Communication is so important when setting boundaries. Friends and family will not know where the boundaries are if you do not communicate your needs up front. Are you tired? Make it known. If you are hungry, ask for someone to bring you food. Do you need to hold your infant? Tell whoever is holding the baby that it is Mommy's turn. Communicate yours and your baby's needs to everyone in order to maintain your sanity and keep everyone happy! Utilize your resources. Have friends or family that live close by? Take them up on previous offers to help out, whether it be helping to decorate, going shopping with you (or even for you!), and, if you can bear it, let them babysit for some self-care.

 

Carseat Buying Tips

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Carseat buying can be an overwhelming process. There are so many to choose from, yet they are all basically the same. So, where do we differentiate which one we should choose? Our tips focus on safety, comfort, and personal preference.

Safety

First and foremost, safety is the most important deciding factor when making a decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends rear-facing your child until the age of two or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. A rear-facing child restraint does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash. During an impact, a rear-facing seat distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.

Comfort

You want your child to be comfortable, but don’t forget that it is important for you to be comfortable too.Take time to read reviews on what other parents like or don’t like about a specific seat. Take all their advice into consideration when making a purchase. Some comfort measures can inhibit safety, so it is important that the comfort measures you desire are built into the carseat. Try and avoid aftermarket products that aren’t made specifically for your child’s seat.

Preference

Don’t forget to pick out something you like! Personal preference is important because you will most likely own this item for at least two years. That is a long time to hate the color or pattern on the carseat. When in doubt, stick with neutral colors and patterns.

Buying your child's first carseat doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Just remember to focus on safety, comfort, and preference!  Be on the lookout soon for a more detailed summary of car seat safety. These blogs will include: proper installation of the carseat, buckling in your child, and extended rear-facing your child.

 

AAP: www.healthychildren.org/carseatguide