TIPS AND TRICKS TO SOOTHE A FUSSY BABY
Fussiness isn’t limited to nights. Day time too can turn into a battlefield if you are not able to help your baby stay calm. Here are a few practical tips and tricks that will help you soothe your infant’s nerves...
“Rhythmic movements often comfort babies, probably because they remind them of the motion they experienced in the womb,” explains Dr. Saini. Swinging smoothly, rocking and taking a walk with the baby are some proven fuss-busters.
Just like motion, sounds that remind your baby of the warmth of your womb should help ease the tension. A recording of the mother’s voice, or simply a white noise will do the trick.
There’s no other trick more calming that holding the baby in your arms and letting the warmth of your skin do what’s needed. The bond between a mother and a child is magical, let it work its way through direct contact!
Wrapping your little one in a soft, thin garment will give him a sense of security and comfort. However, “over clothing and tight clothes or ties can irritate the baby and should be avoided,” warns Dr Saini. Besides, make sure you are proactive when a change of clothes is called for. Nothing annoys a child like a wet garment.
While crankiness often implies that your baby is hungry, feeding your baby every time he cries isn’t the right practice. “Mothers usually start feeding their baby when they cry. Even when babies are not hungry they start to suck on the breast for selfsoothing, just like thumb sucking and nail-biting in elders. This can easily lead to overfeeding.” Dr Mehta explains. He suggests, “the gap between the two feeds should be around 2-3 hours.” Moreover, you can resort to a pacifier to help your baby relax without overfeeding him.