Ahh..the happiness you feel when you see your tired little one finally fall asleep!
Soothing baby is a much discussed topic with new moms. You really have to try different things to see what works for your baby.
After having two babies, I pride myself in having the “magic touch” when it comes to soothing baby.
When Pinkie Pie gets fussy, my husband typically defers to me to get her soothed. Here are some tips that I have learned over the past four years:
–Swaddle. I have to say neither my husband or myself mastered the art (yes, it’s an art) of using a blanket and tightly swaddling your baby. I have to say that I cheated and bought the Velcro swaddle blankets. I had four of them ready to go since I learned from PP that they are high usage items for the first three months.
–Holding baby. Not very enlightening I know, but when I would swaddle Pinkie Pie then hold her close to me, it helped her calm down.
–Calming music. I bought (and received) a bunch of classical music and lullaby CDs when I was pregnant with PP. I have to say, I think it calmed me the most since I looked forward to holding my babies, while rocking them on my glider. Another good option is a white noise machine since you have the options of heartbeat, ocean waves, nature sounds, and lullabies.
–Rocking. I loved (and still do) rocking in my ottoman while holding my baby.
–Back Patting. This usually works the best while I stand and walk around while holding my baby over my shoulder & gently pat her back. Pinkie Pie also likes when I hold her cradle style and pat her back that way too (I usually do this before I place her in the crib).
–Swinging. Some babies love swings, some don’t. My babies have both been swing babies. You can find traditional swings or other swings that have alternate motion to help customize your baby’s soothing. Also, don’t forget you can use your arms to gently sway your baby to sleep.
–Singing. Luckily for Pinkie Pie, this is something that I usually don’t do it (it’s my mom’s favorite thing to do). But for some people, softly singing or humming to their baby does the trick.
–SShhhing. This worked really well for PP. I would swaddle her, hold her close to me, then make a SSHHing noise in her ear. Sounds weird, I know, but the sound is supposed to be similar to what babies heard in the womb.
These are my tried & true soothing tips. What worked for you?