Begetting babies is perhaps one of the greatest joys of life and having them around is nothing short of delight. However, this seems to be all-so-joyful only till your baby sets up a storm with incessant yaps and yawls, leaving you with little understanding of what struck and how? There is nothing more distressing for a mother than confronting her wailing child, more so when she has little or no clue on what triggered the outburst. A hollering baby is sometimes all it takes to set that panic button on and get mums jogging for ways to pacify their little one. Babies bawl to express their emotions and no handbook on parenting can ever leave you with a convincing explanation of their baffling blowup. Crying is possibly their only known way of letting you know if they are hungry, angry, sad, starved or sick. Does not matter if you are a new mommy or a seasoned one, emotional explosion of your little one can rock you off your sanity, hence making it important to know to differentiate between a cry of pain from a yammer of hunger or a screech of boredom. What’s even more important is to know how to calm your cranky baby when in distress. Here are some effective tips to help you deal with your crying kid. Read on to explore.
Tips On How To Handle A Crying Child
Babies love to feel all snuggled up and secured, especially when in distress. If your little one is running a riot with incessant yawls, then swaddling the child may do the trick for you. Snug your precious little one up in a rug or embrace him/her tightly in your arms and see the kid cool off. Most babies often relate this intimacy to the tender feeling of womb. All said and done, a few babies find the act of swaddling very off-putting and respond better to other forms of cheering like rocking and singing.
Your baby may be bored to tears at times and raise a hue and cry just to evince his/her protest. In that case, gently swinging your baby in your arms can help the kiddo feel better. Babies spend nine months swinging inside their mother’s wombs and often find this simple steady act of swinging very comforting. Most babies also find great assurance in other rhythmic sounds like ticking of clock, patting of back or sounds of a lullaby.
Nothing comforts a bawling baby like a gentle rocking. Babies tend to find this highly assuaging. So, the next time, your baby screams his/her lungs out, just tuck the infant in your lap, or cradle or rocking chair and rock to see him/her wind down.
At times, gently stroking your child’s back or tummy can soothe the kid, making him/her feel better and relaxed. The act of stroking especially clicks with kids suffering from colic. Just hold your little one upright and rub the back to ease all discomfort and cheer him/her up.
Babies tend to draw a lot of comfort from sucking. ‘Comfort sucking’, as it is better termed as, is a natural way to alleviate all stress in babies. Be it nursing or sucking on finger or pacifier, don’t restrict your child. After all, this simple act of sucking helps to steady heart rate, relax stomach and help him/her cool down.
Doesn’t matter how good or bad a singer you are, singing can often calm down your howling baby? Babies are attentive to rhythmic sounds and can cool off when comforted with a soft, soothing musical. Just sing to him/her a sweet melodic song and watch your little one chuckle.
If everything else fails, just hold your baby close to your mouth and ‘shush’ long rhythmic sounds in his/her ears, until the child calms down. This is a testified way to calm your wailing tot, as the sound of ‘shush’ is said to mime the white noise inside the womb.