Remember the days of soothing your little one without some of the fancy swings and soothing centers that Graco makes today? (my mom does and she reminds me about it often) Well back in June, we sent Metropolitan Mama one of Graco’s latest and greatest creations, the Sweetpeace Newborn Soothing Center, to check out for herself. She was so excited to review the product and ended up conducting a give-a-way with the sweetpeace we sent her. She asked all of her readers to share their best, most successful soothing tips in the comments. She received over 300 of them! Here are some of the tips the Graco bloggers picked out as their personal favorites:
Brit says- “My soothing tips come from “Happiest Baby on the Block” I swear by that book. The 5 S’s swaddle, shoosh, suck, side lying, and of course SWING.
Jacqui says- “My best newborn soothing tip is when my kids were super fussy at night, I would rub their temples while I nursed…it worked every time. My kids still love when I do it.”
Amira says- “My best soothing tip is to sit down with your legs together and place baby in between your legs. Slowly rub their legs lightly, like a massage.”
Aisling says- “I’ve never understood why, but many babies can be soothed to sleep by the vacuum cleaner. Just put them in a sling and go to work on the carpets!”
Shay says-”My best tip for a newborn is to bounce them. Literally sit in a chair and bounce your legs while you pat their bottoms.”
Katie says-”My best soothing tip is to run the shower. Both my girls love this and it gets them to sleep every time.”
Jodi says- “My son loved his stroller, so I ended up keeping that stroller in the house and pulling it out in emergencies.”
Erin says-”The best newborn soothing tips I used were either skin to skin contact, or using a heating pad to lightly warm the sheets of the bassinet before putting the baby down. That way, there was not a huge difference between your body temp. and the sheets.”
And the winner of the soothing tip give-a-way was entrant Kimberly from “Oh My Baby.” She said, “My son loved to be swaddled and sucked on my pinky more then his pacifier.” Luckily she is expecting baby #2 so the sweetpeace she won will certainly come in handy!
Now check out these great soothing tips that Graco gathered from parents across the country.
My mom reminds me of a time when she would have to wind up my baby swing just to keep me quiet and if that didn’t work, a trip around the block in my stroller with Pop-Pop would always get me quiet and on my way to dream land. I think it was my Pop-Pop’s magic touch (not so much the stroller ride) because to this day, my Pop can still make me happy on the worst of days!