Babies are a bundle of joy and every now and then they get a little fuzzy and restless. Since they can’t talk yet they communicate by crying (no matter the time of day or night) and sometimes tossing and turning. Luckily for parents, there are various ways you can sooth a baby when they are uncomfortable or restless. Below are some of the proven and tested ways
Swaddle The Baby
When babies are in the womb then are wrapped up in a fetal position and so they get used to it. When they start being fussy, it's often a good idea to wrap them up in Swaddle Blankets. Swaddle Blankets mimic the feeling of being wrapped in the womb. This familiar feeling makes them feel warm and secure and they stop crying.
Wrapping your baby cozily in a thin, lightweight swaddle blanket with their arms across the chest has a wonderful calming effect. Swaddled babies often sleep longer and more soundly, too. You could also try the snuggle technique called kangaroo care. This technique is especially good for preemies. Undress baby, lie down, place her against your naked skin, and cover both of you with a warm, soft blanket. Another way is to strap them on in a sling. It's not surprising that the warm, dark, close comfort of a baby sling is a surefire soother. An added bonus: You can breastfeed anywhere undercover.
For baby, spending nine months inside Mom's belly is literally like living in a mobile home. Even when you sleep, your body is moving, so when baby enters the world, lying quietly in a bassinet may seem oddly still and unfamiliar. Shaking things up a bit may make her more comfortable. There are various ways you can provide the soothing feeling of movement to the baby.
On a rocking chair: You can carry your baby and sit on a rocking chair, the back and forth movement will sooth them. If you don’t have a rocking chair, place the baby in your arms, stand with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart, and swivel back and forth at the hips. Your movement can be fairly vigorous as long as you're holding baby close.
Put them on a swing: Baby swing sets offer soothing, rhythmic motion that helps calm baby down. Just make sure the swing is designed for a small baby, as little ones may slump over in a large one.
Put them on a subtly vibrating surface:The vibrating motion of a washing machine or dryer has saved the sanity of many a frustrated parent. Place baby in an infant seat, put it on top of the appliance, and hold onto it firmly so the seat stays in place. If you do this, never leave them unattended to, always be watchful and careful. You can also put them in their car seat and take them for a short drive around the block. This trick has worked for most.
What Makes Babies Uncomfortable?
Now that we've discussed ways to sooth a baby when they are uncomfortable, let's discuss some things that make them uncomfortable so many you can prevent the discomfort before it happens. The more you know
The need to be held: Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents' faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close. During the first few months hold your baby as much as possible. If you need your hands to do tasks, carry them in a sling in your front or back or a baby carrier but keep them close to you.
Hunger: This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start feeding your baby before the crying stage. Some hunger signs to watch for in newborns include fussing, lip smacking, and putting their hands to their mouth.
Stomach problems from colic and gas: Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. The rather mysterious condition known as colic is usually described as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, at least three weeks in a row. (sounds like a nightmare). If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, she may have some sort of tummy pain. Many parents swear by over-the-counter anti-gas drops for babies and other natural remedies though neither has been proven to be effective. Get your doctor's okay before using either of these.
Needs to burp: Burping isn't mandatory. But if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs. Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and this may cause discomfort if the air isn't released.
A dirty diaper: Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while. Either way, this one is easy to check and simple to remedy.
Needs sleep: It seems like tired babies should simply be able to go to sleep, anytime, anywhere. But it's harder for them than you might realize. Instead of nodding off easily, babies may fuss and cry for a while before they finally fall asleep. My nephew was particularly like this. It usually took up to an hour to put him to sleep.
Too cold or too hot: If your baby feels chilly, like when you remove her clothes to change a diaper or clean her bottom with a cold wipe, she may protest by crying. Also if it's too hot it can make them really uncomfortable.
Other source of discomfort: Babies can be troubled by something as hard to spot as a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny toe or finger, cutting off circulation. (Doctors call this painful situation a "hair tourniquet," and it's one of the first things they look for if a baby seems to be crying for no reason.) Some babies are extra sensitive to things like scratchy clothing tags or uncomfortable fabric that's harsh on their skin.