As a parent, there is probably nothing as distressing as the sound of your little one crying. Whether you are a first timer or you have more kids than the Brady bunch, it is safe to say than you will never stop worrying.
Babies get fussy and throw tantrums for many different reasons. One of the best ways to deal with them in this case is figuring out what the problem is and solving it. In case the source of the tantrum is difficult to identify, below are 5 foolproof tips that should help you calm your baby down.
1. Talk Or Sing To Them
The sound of a parent’s voice always works wonders as far as pacifying a disgruntled child is concerned. It doesn’t really matter whether or not they understand you. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what you say. The important thing is to speak to them in a calm and soothing manner.
If you were blessed with a decent set of pipes, singing to the baby might also help calm them down. If you aren’t gifted in this case, it is probably better to stick to talking and shushing them gently, just to be on the safe side.
2. Take Them Out For AStroll
More often than not, babies spend most of their day cooped up inside the house with nothing but walls and home accessories to look at. This can be pretty boring. It therefore goes without saying that a change is scenery might just be what your child is longing for in order to calm down.
In this case, all you have to do is strap the baby onto their stroller and get to exploring whether it is a short walk around the block or a full adventurous stroll to the park. This will definitely work. You can go through the best strollers to find the one that suits your little bundle of joy.
3. Give Them What They Want
More often than not, when a baby fusses there is something they want. It could be that they feel uncomfortable in their full diaper and need to have it changed. It could be that they miss sucking on their pacifiers. It could pretty much mean anything.
In this case, your instincts as a parent and experience if you have it will guide you to promptly identify and rectify the problem.
4. Hold And Cradle The Baby
Babies will be babies and they will always have the need to feel loved. Therefore, if you have a child who is constantly fussing when you are around and calm when you leave, chances are that all they want is some tender loving care.
In this case, the best thing to do is to spend some extra quality time holding and cradling them. The contact is without a doubt one of the most effective ways to calm down any baby and will have the little firecracker snoozing in no time. Using a rocking chair or a child rocker might also really help soothe them.
Scientists and child specialists believe that this motion simulates the suspended motion the babies experienced in the womb and the familiarity calms them down.
5. Feed Them
Finally, feeding is a great way to help calm down a fussy child. This usually applies to children who are still breastfeeding where the contact with the mother helps not only satisfy their hunger but also their emotional needs.
Giving weaned baby pieces of fruit or even small sips of water could help calm them down especially if hunger is the source of their emotional distress. So if all other tips fail, try feeding the child and see just how fast he or she will calm down.
The Bottom Line
The tips above will definitely go a long way in ensuring that your baby calms down whether it is a wet diaper bothering them or they are simply craving some tender loving care.
So the next time your Little One starts to fuss you can rest assured that a short trip outdoors on the stroller, a series of cuddles and cradles or even an untimed snack might just be the solution.
If these and other tricks you have learnt don’t work, it is always a good idea to get the help of a pediatrician in case there is an underlying problem you are unable to identify.
About The Author
Crystal is the founder of MakeYourBabyLaugh. She wrote the blog to help parents who are struggling to raise their children. She hopes that her experiences in child-rearing can inspire and help parents overcome their parenting struggles