When my first baby was born, everything seemed perfect — for about three weeks. Then suddenly, my precious bundle of joy morphed into a nonstop screaming machine.
Coping with a fussy baby can be quite a challenge, especially for a new mother. These three techniques helped me calm my crying infant:
Motion. Most babies love motion. My daughter particularly enjoyed rocking in an infant swing, riding in the car or being lightly "bounced" while my husband or I paced the room.
Warmth. I often gave our daughter a warm bath to relax her or placed a warm (not hot) water bottle against her tummy to help soothe her gas pains.
Closeness. During the day, I would "wear" my fussy baby in a sling as I did chores around the house. And at night, my husband and I swaddled her.
This article appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2013 by Julie Campbell. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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