Babies fuss and cry for many reasons, as a caretaker after a while you will soon be able to “translate” what your baby’s cry of distress is for. There are obvious solutions available for the many types of cries, including those of pain, thirst, hunger, wetness, weariness of being in the same position for a long time, or maybe the discomfort from being too hot or too cold, boredom or relief of some tension. We all know that when a baby is crying they are trying to communicate with us so to stop a baby from crying we need to approach them lovingly and figure out what they are trying to convey to us. We will go into more detail on how to stop a baby crying at night below.
As a first time mom in the hospital my baby would only cry here and there. To me it was more like a little cat meowing when it was hungry. I thought the sound was adorable. I didn’t mind. When I got home with my son and there were no nurses around to help me out, that was when my son suddenly let out A LOUD CRY – like “HEY LOSER WHERE IS THE BOOB?!” I was so startled I sorta fumbled with myself before I jumped into action ( and never stopped since it seems. )
One common check that parents do, is for the tiny thread on the inside of a garment, which can be tangled around a baby’s hand, foot or TOE and HURTING. This is called “Hair tourniquet” and it happens quite a lot. Always look at your baby’s fingers and toes to make sure nothing is cutting off their circulation. Parents who have experienced this go over all new clothes and clip such threads.
Sometimes, a baby just cries…. and cries…. and cries…. and you know there’s nothing wrong, no physical reason for it.
Check this out, I think this is pretty remarkable:
You know what that is? That is THE BABY SHUSHER! This thing is amazing. Its a little salt & pepper shaker looking device that can seriously quiet ANYBABY.
The Baby Shusher was featured on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” Kim was telling her sister how it worked for her so well.
Mind you she wasn’t endorsed or told to promote Baby Shusher, she raved about it on the show saying that she had one in her nursery and kept one in her stroller.
Colic isn’t a disease. It cannot be tested for. What is Colic? It is a symptom of painful cramps in the digestive tract. A baby suffering from colic pulls their legs up, clenches their fists and often flushes bright red. Crying can go on and on for hours, most of the time it’s in the late afternoon or at night.
In a baby who is breast-fed the colic is most likely from something If that mom is eating. If you are breast-feeding your newborn and they have colic then you will need to alter your diet.
Fortunately, it’s rare that colic lasts past the third month of a child’s life, but until it’s over, it is really hard on both baby and parents. Getting a white noise machine is probably the most useful thing because the sound of white noise mimics the sounds in the utero and are very soothing for baby.
If NOTHING works, you can put your baby in their bed, close the door and turn up the TV or put some music on. Check on your baby every 15 minutes for YOUR own peace of mind. This is OKAY to do, if you have tried everything you can and you are starting to get a headache from the stress. If you know your baby is fed, dry and not in pain, then it’s OKAY to give yourself a time out .
Note to Moms and Dads : There is only one *true* expert when it comes to your baby – you. Sometimes it will be easy for you to calm your baby when they are crying; sometimes what worked before doesn’t work anymore now. The best thing you can do is be paitent with your baby and yourself while you both grow and learn.
Are you struggling with a colicky baby? Have you tried absolutely everything? Have you found the magic “trick” to calming your baby’s cries? Please leave a comment below on your experiences with your crying baby and ways you handled it.