Parents Share Their Baby Soothing Tips

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!

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3 Responses to “Parents Share Their Baby Soothing Tips”

  1. Octamom August 27, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    What a great site! So good to ‘meet’ you! I’m a mom of 8 (hence the Octamom handle) and have used Graco products with them all. My first Graco item was a mint green super umbrella stroller that reclined and had a little canopy–great stroller! That was 18 years ago–and now my 15 month old twins are in the latest rendition of a Graco Duo stroller and car seats, along with many other Graco items.

    Glad to see you over at Twitter–be prepared–it’s addictive!

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. casual friday everyday August 28, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    I found that swaddling always helped a ton. Even when both my boys were months old. Being held in a sling is a great way to soothe. And of course breastfeeding. But the times when I might want to have a break that swing of yours looks fantastic!


  3. Andrew A. Sailer March 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    It is really nice to check out bloggers talking about toddler care and infant matters a lot more frequently as of late. Thanks for the article, I spotted it on yahoo.