4 Tips for Calming a Constantly Fussy Baby
Tips for calming a fussy baby
Okay, parenting isn't always easy, but you can do it. You are capable and you can do this! That doesn't mean that needing support and tips for helping you calm your baby that seems to be a little extra fussy is a bad thing. Even if you grew up with siblings or around children doesn't mean that you grew up around your baby. So everything could look different and we are here to help you navigate some of those challenges along the way. Parenting in today's world involves a lot of opinion and too many Google resources that are not always helpful or uniquely given for your situation. Take heart, we have some wonderful tips for you.
Calming Your Baby Tip Number One: Catch it early
Sometimes babies are over stimulated and when that happens the crying and the unsettling emotions of your newborn are almost unstoppable, you have to wait it out. Waiting for your baby to calm back down after they have become overstimulated can be hard and uncomfortable for parents to experience. You may feel like you cannot do anything right, but I promise you, you're a fabulous parent, it just takes some figuring out! This might be called the witching hour for some, but there is an end in sight. Catching the unsettling times to come before they happen is key. Do you notice that it always happens around 7pm every night? Begin settling down for the night around 6pm, get in a feeding, a diaper change and a good swaddle and send that squishy newborn to bed. It may take a bit to adjust to this, but stick with it.
Calming Your Baby Tip Number Two: Massage
As adults, massage and calming touch can be helpful, relaxing and calming, so it would make sense that massage for a baby would be helpful. Experiences have shown that massage of an infant can reduce crying, control stress hormones and help your baby relax in order to sleep. Try massage as a way to calm your baby before their typical crying hour. Try a massage for your infant after a warm bath, diaper change, and a feeding. You might find that releasing those calming hormones and reducing stress hormones will allow your baby to stay and remain calm. Eventually, they will learn to be calmer and enable them to calm down sooner.
Calming Your Baby Tip Number Three: Dark, Tight & Consistent
As we all know, overstimulation is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to fussy babies and babies that cannot settle down to sleep. Dark rooms remove stimulation, which can help babies calm down enough for their brains to relax and go to sleep. Tight is good, think HALO sleep sacks or swaddling to help baby feel secure and safe and able to relax in the dark room, after their massage. Sometimes you have completed the massage, swaddled your baby, and you are rocking them in a dark room. It might seem like it is not working, but give it some time. Keep trying during the week to keep up your consistent routine of calming them before the fussy storm begins.
Calming Your Baby Tip Number Four: Chiropractic
We might think that chiropractic care is just for pregnant women, or people who feel old and worn out, but chiropractic care has many benefits for newborns. Newborns need spinal alignment and support for discomfort they may have experienced during delivery, even if it was a smooth vaginal delivery. Something could be off that causes them discomfort in their neck, spine, or simply that they need everything to be reconnected again. Chiropractic care has been helpful in reliving colic in newborns as well as overall allowing them to be adjusted and connect and calm. Visit a local Chiropractor with skill in adjusting newborns and helping you understand how relieving subluxations in your newborn.
At the end of the day, remember you are doing an excellent job and it may just take some time to figure out what your little one needs.