The first three months after having a child is the toughest phase for every parent. Understanding the cries of the baby, catering to its need and soothing the child is a difficult task. So, when you hear your baby cry, here is a checklist to help you calm the child.
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It is natural and normal. Healthy babies start crying the day they are born. Crying increases when babies are 2 weeks old and get worse at 2 months old. Babies cry more in the afternoon or evening babies can cry 2-3 hours a day for an hour at a time it is normal
The golden checklist
As soon as your baby cries check whether you need to change the diaper or not. Babies generally cry of they are hungry or sleepy. Try out these three things and make them comfortable and relax.
Check the attire
Don’t overdress you, Clothe them with something comfortable like one light, loose and airy attire depending on the temperature.
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Allow the baby to suck on a pacifier or it;s own thumb. This will help calm the child.
Swaddle the baby in a blanket to help her out of the Moro The reflex of a jolt when falling from a height, as seen in infants.
Saying shh or any rhythmic sound can help in calming and purring the child to sleep
- Stomach position
putting the baby to sleep sideways also does help in calming it. Avoid putting them to sleep on their back because it can make them restless.
Swinging the tiny tot in the cradle can actually calm it and also help it get a sound sleep.
Gas and reflux
Light abdomen massage in a clockwise motion to push the gas trapped in the intestines would comfort the baby.
Feeding small foods at regular intervals
Feeding small amounts of food multiple times, burping once, twice or during or after the feed can help to avoid acidity.
Apart from all these some other reasons for crying could be colic episodes of crying for more than three hours a day can from more than three days a week for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child between the ages of two weeks and four months or GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Why do babies cry?
Babies cry not only because of one reason and sometimes it is very hard us to make them quiet and calm. Babies under 4 months may cry for complex reasons as compared to older ones. Here are few reasons which will tell you why your baby is crying?
Babies cry for lots of reasons, try to figure out why they are crying.
- Diaper change
- Heat and cold
- Tight clothing
- Retention of urine
- Feeling of loneliness
- Nasal blockage
- Nappy Rash
Tips to Soothe Your Baby
- Hold the baby close and walk or gently rock. Wrap the baby snugly in a soft blanket.
- Find calm, quiet place, and turn out lights, loud music, and TV.
- Offer a pacifier
- Take the baby for a ride in a stroller or car. Always use a car seat.
- Play soft music, hum or sing to the baby
- Run the vacuum, dryer, dishwasher or fan to make background noise.
- Place the baby in a baby swing.
- Lay the baby across your lap and gently rub or tap the baby’s back
- If all else fails, place the baby on her back inside crib or playpen. Walk away and check back every 5-10 min
- Call your doctor or nurse if your baby seems sick
- If you feel you are getting stressed out call a trusted friend or a relative to help.
Now, you know some of the great tips for those of you who are in the early stages of parenting and who has added a new baby to your family. If your baby is crying then you should check the reason of crying and help them to calm down.