Crying, crying and more crying!
Your baby is adjusting from womb to world and it can be a tremendous change for the both of you, especially if this is your first baby!
Soothing a fussy newborn can be quite difficult since they can’t tell you what is wrong. It can become both mentally and physically exhausting when you think you have done all that your baby needs; fed, changed, warm enough, etc.., and they still arent happy. It doesn’t matter who you are; we all have been there !
Remember! It’s not you, it’s your baby!
You can do everything by the book and still not have any success with soothing your baby. Does that mean you are a bad parent? Definitely not!
Here are some tips on how to calm a crying newborn that will give you back your sanity, as well as put some peace back into your household.
Patting your babies bum is one of the most effective ways to soothe your newborn. Patting their bum reminds them of a heart beating just like when they were inside your belly.
Rocking/Swaying your newborn reminds them of being inside the womb again. Babies in our womb are on a completely different sleeping schedule. Babies sleep during the day as the mother is going about her life, because the swaying makes them calm and relaxed.
Singing to your newborn is not only a great way to soothe your baby, but it’s also a great opportunity to bond with one another and build that close relationship between mommy and baby.
Swaddling is a great soothing technique, it helps the baby to feel secure and safe just like in the womb.
Newborns need noise. Our world is too quiet for them, putting on nature sounds or white noise in the background works wonders; such as a fan, or vacuum. ( If you use the vacuum, place it on the other side of the room so it will not be too loud for your baby and hurt their ears)
Cuddle, Cuddle, Cuddle! There is no such thing as too many cuddles with your baby! Having skin-on-skin contact with your baby can help him feel safe and remind them that everything is okay.
Saying gentle words to your baby such as “it’s okay, mommy’s here” and/or “shh, you’re safe”. These words give your baby reassurance that they are safe and in mommy’s arms.
No two babies are the same..
Every baby is built completely different, and I promise you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Just keep taking one day at a time, and dont think that just because those methods didnt work today; that they wont work tomorrow. Keep trying! Babies are always developing and learning, just breathe and you will get through this ! The key to parenthood is patience!