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Tips to Soothe a Fussy Baby
Dealing with a fussy baby can be very stressful and take its toll on all of the caretakers in the home. Read below for some tips to help you soothe a fussy baby.
When you have a fussy baby, it’s most important to start by making sure all of their needs are met.
Is your baby hungry?
Does your baby have a soiled diaper?
Does your baby need to be burped?
Is your baby too hot or cold?
If you have taken care of those needs and you still have a fussy baby, read below for some tips to try and soothe them.
Hold your baby and gently jiggle them. Babies love motion and this gentle jiggle motion will mimic their movement in the womb.
Try to give your baby a pacifier. Sucking is very soothing for infants.
If you are nursing, try and offer the breast for a comforting nursing session.
Swaddle your baby, they are used to being warm and snug in your womb, you can replicate that by using a swaddle.
Try to go on a ride or walk. Sometimes the motion of the car seat or stroller might be just what your fussy baby needs to calm down or settle in for a nap.
Try to baby wear your baby. Your presence is comforting for your infant, babywearing is a great way to give your baby the comfort they need and still be hands-free.
Take your baby outside. This change of scenery offers fresh air and new things to look at.
Turn on shushing sounds. Babies do not like quiet since they are used to the noisy womb environment.
Offer some skin-to-skin time. Skin to skin offers many benefits, but one of the best ones is calming your baby down and promoting sleep.
Give your baby a bath. The warm water can help your baby relax.
It should also be noted that many of these tips can be used at the same time. Don’t be afraid to mix and match to find the perfect combination that soothes your baby.
Finally, if you find yourself in the middle of struggling with a fussy baby and you feel like you need to come up for a breath of fresh air, it’s ok to ask for help and have someone else take over. We all need a little help sometimes.
I hope these tips can help you soothe your baby. What is your go-to method for soothing your baby? Please share below.