Updated: Jun 22, 2022
There is nothing more exhausting for a new parent than dealing with a baby who doesn't want to sleep at 3:00am. At those hours in the morning it's sometimes difficult to think of a strategy to try to settle your young one. But no worries, that's what we're here for! Here are a few calming and simple techniques that may help soothe a fussy infant.
1. Swaddle Baby
Who doesn't like being cuddled? Swaddling baby in a pre-stitched swaddle or blanket keeps your little one feeling cozy and secure, often helping baby to settle down faster. Another advantage to swaddling is that it helps babies to stay asleep on their back which can prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). If you do decide to swaddle, be sure that baby is lying on his/her back and that the swaddle fabric is not loose around the baby.
2. Walk with Baby
Walking with baby is a great way to soothe him or her according to a study in Japan. Babies enjoy the feeling of closeness and rhythm of your steps. A carrier or stroller is also convenient to keep your arms free. Pro-tip: If you monitor your daily step counter, this is a "great" way to get in some extra steps ;).
3. Sing a Song or Lullaby
Your baby doesn't care whether you sing like a melodious song bird or like a rooster at dawn, what matters most is that he/she hears your singing voice. Whatever jingle comes to mind, your baby will be soothed with just the sound of a rhythmic voice. In fact, research done in the University of Toronto, Canada found that singing, more than talking, not only keeps baby calm but can lead to greater language understanding as the baby grows. Singing can also help babies with their focus and even help regulate their emotions. So tune those vocals parents and bring out your inner Adele!
4. Keep Calm and Carry On
If overstimulation appears to be the problem, take everything down a few notches. You can dim the lights, turn down the music, put your phone on vibrate and just sit and relax with your baby. Maybe have a glass of wine nearby as well (Pro-tip: Please don't). Sometimes, when you can't relax, your baby can't either.
These are just a few proven tips that parents have mixed and matched for generations. We're sure there are many more that we've never tried so tell us; what helps you to soothe your baby?
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