Mothers consistently respond to their baby crying in just 5 seconds, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mothers tend to want to talk to their babies and hold them in order to comfort them. Swaddling, close contact, and baby swings are great ways to safely soothe a fractious baby, even if it’s only for a short time to give you a much-needed break. We love having helpful tools in our parenting toolbelt, and we reached out to our partner team for the assist. Here are three easy tips to soothe your little one.
Make use of soothing toys
There are countless toys and gadgets on the market that are designed to soothe and calm babies. Finding the one that works for you and your baby can take a bit of trial and error, but it’s worth persisting with as it helps to give you a break whilst your baby is happily preoccupied. Baby swings are a great option, as you can safely leave your baby in them and they can vary between a gentle rock and a faster swinging motion so you can find what suits your little one best. Some have built-in sounds, toys, and other extras, making them good for babies that are particularly irritable.
Safely swaddle your baby
Swaddling is snuggly wrapping your baby in a blanket, which is believed to resemble the safety of the womb. The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that swaddling can effectively calm infants and promote sleep when it’s done correctly. To safely swaddle your baby, lay them face up on a blanket with one corner folder. Place their head on the folded corner, straighten up their left arm and wrap the left side of the blanket over their body and tuck it between their right arm and body. Bring the right corner of the blanket over their right arm and tuck it under their left side, then tuck the bottom under them. Make sure you can get two or three fingers between your baby and the blanket as you don’t want it too tight and don’t swaddle if your baby tries to roll over as it’s not safe.
Soothe them with your body
Babies can often be comforted by being close to their parents. Breastfed babies can be soothed by feeding or just suckling on your breast or sucking on a pacifying can be calming. Wearing your baby in a sling will often soothe babies too, particularly newborns, as they like to feel close to you. Make sure you use a sling that you feel comfortable with and that supports your baby where it needs to so you know that they’re safe.
There are plenty of ways to safely soothe your crying baby, but it’s all about finding a way that works for you, so try different methods until you find something that suits you and your baby.