While it’s entirely normal for little ones to fuss and cry—up to three hours per day—it’s not exactly fun, for anyone. Here’s five tried-and-tested tips to turn off the tears.
“For new parents, figuring out what all the crying means can be challenging, frustrating, and even scary,” explains Rallie McAllister, M.D., a family physician and coauthor of The Mummy M.D. Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. “If they aren’t able to immediately pinpoint the reason for the crying, they get frightened that there is something physically wrong with the baby.” But many times, all you need is a handful of soothing strategies—and crisis averted:
Do the Shoosh-Bounce
Making a repetitive shooshing sound in your bub’s ear distracts them from whatever has set them off, and the rocking motion helps to defuse the tension in their body.
Turn Up the Radio
Forget lullabies—play whatever makes you happy. Not only is music a powerful nervous system calmative, when you sing along, your baby is instantly soothed by the sound of their favourite person’s voice.
Turn Down the Lights
Young ones can get easily overstimulated, leading to the waterworks. Moving to a darkened room decreases the sensory input, helping them to chill out.
Seems counterintuitive, but the rhythmic whine of a Hoover, or even tumble dryer, has a magical effect. According to experts, this distinct rumble and drone mimics in-utero sounds of blood pumping through to the placenta.
Change the Scenery
Like adults, sometimes these tiny humans just need a new location to get out of the mindfunk. Stroll through the garden, or take a little trip through the neighbourhood.