The Magic Touch To Soothing Baby

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?

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2 Responses to “The Magic Touch To Soothing Baby”

  1. Mommy Material June 15, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Melissa, you have some wonderful ideas on how to soothe your little one! Since my little one isn’t so little anymore (13 months) he usually gets to sleep pretty fast. But, if for some reason he’s having a cranky night I’ll put him in his crib on his stomach and play with his hair. I don’t know what it is about that curly hair, but he loves for me to run my fingers through it and twirl it around. Often times he’ll do it himself, but I guess it’s something about knowing ‘Mama’ is there that makes it ten times better.

  2. Kristen June 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Both my boys were swaddle, swaddle, swaddle!! Still at 11 months old my youngest son likes to be all wrapped up and cozy in blankets rubbing up next to his face while I’m rocking him. I then of course remove them before I put him in the crib but it works and I think it brings him back to his swaddle days. My oldest was a swayer and would only get to sleep if you swung him in your arms. My youngest is a rocker and is lulled to sleep by the back and forth. They both were butt patters!! Tap the diaper cushion and within minutes they were asleep. And of course when in doubt, put ‘em in the Moby wrap and into zzzzz land they go. I call it my instant sleep button! :)