It has been a tough couple of weeks…. phew…
Dianna has turned 8 months and has up til now slept like… well like a baby! But suddenly she is more aware of me and her daddy, that we are independent from her and have our own will. We can move away from her – and we can stay away (of course we wouldn’t!!) and we can come back. And so she wants to keep us in sight at all times!
Boy is it exhausting… but it makes you creative and voila… I have this great post for you… because my trials are for your benefit!
Ways to soothe your baby
First of all, there are 4 things to always check, if your baby is fussy:
Baby’s basic needs
- Is baby hungry?
- Does baby need to be burped?
- Is there a dirty diaper?
- Is baby tired?
If all of these are out of the question… I ask myself
Is my baby in good health?
Does your baby have trouble with gas?
- Cycle baby’s legs while she lies on her back
- Lay your baby across your knees and rub her back
- Give her a gentle oil massage on her stomach, always rubbing from (your) left to right in circle
- Ask your pediatrician about using infant gas drops
Does your baby have a fever?
- Check baby’s temperature
- Ask your pediatrcian about using infant pain reliever (paracetemol)
Is your baby having teething pain?
- Offer your baby a teething ring, soft toothbrush or something cold.
I like to keep some pacifiers in the freezer – it helps her sore gums!
- Ask your pediatrician about using teething gel for babies
If everything is fine with my baby’s health, I wonder….
Does baby want to cuddle?
- Hold your baby close, skin-to-skin
- Wear your baby in a wrap or carrier
- Offer baby a pacifier
- Swaddle your baby
Is baby comfortable?
- Check baby’s temperature – is she too hot or too cold?
- Undress baby, incase a clothing tag or material is bothering her
- Go outside and get some fresh air
- Maybe baby is over-stimulated; stop eye-contact, remove toys and other stimuli, dim the lights
- Maybe baby is under-stimulated; talk and interact with baby, show baby toys and household items
Maybe baby wants to move?
- Gently bounce or swing your baby
- Take baby for a walk in the baby carrier
- Place baby in a swing or bouncy chair
- Go for a car ride
Maybe baby wants some sound?
- Play some music or sing to baby
- Turn on some “white noise” – tv or vacuum cleaner
- Make a “shushing” noise close to baby’s ear
There are a million other things to try -and some days nothing seems to work. Try to listen to your intuition.
Babies are like us – we have good and bad days too. They have to learn so much in such a little time! It must be exhausting!!! (just like being a mom!) 🙂 and some days they are just fussy without reason…
However, if you’ve tried this checklist repeatedly and your baby still is fussy – I would talk to my pediatrician, just to rule out any medical issue.
Do you have any tips I need to add to my checklist??