My sister-in-law is about to give birth to our first niece or nephew any time now and I got to thinking about a check list I received when I had my first born. It was a list of sorts to go down and 'check off' some of the reasons our new bundle of love may be crying. Problem is, I have no idea where this little list is now, so I have concocted one for any new Mommy's or Daddy's-to-be, that may find this useful. These tips are not in any sort of order, just suggestions when you are in the moment.
Secondly I want to say that these are just a few, very common reasons, your new bundle may be crying. Again, these tips are not meant to be medical advice, nor are they the only reason why your baby may be crying. Of course, when in doubt, consult a medical professional. Ok, let's get on with it.
Why Is My Baby Crying??
For the obvious reason, the diaper is soiled but also, the diaper may just be in an uncomfortable position or pinching the baby.
Needs to Burp
Even though you burp the baby after they feed, they can still develop a gas bubble just like you or me.
The baby may be hungry or may STILL be hungry. You can consult your family physicians or pediatrician as to how much is appropriate for the age if you are unsure.
Give the baby a belly massage. There may be a pocket of gas trapped in baby's belly and can be released with belly massage or by bringing their knees gently to their chest. You can Google videos for baby belly massages.
Needs Clothes Changed
Just as with the diaper, something may be making the baby uncomfortable, snagging or pinching the baby. Sometimes a change of clothes is all that is needed. Also, baby may be too hot or too cold, adjust clothing accordingly.
Needs a Snuggle
Simple right? Sometimes the baby just needs a little loving!
Needs to be Soothed
Rub the baby's back, sing to the baby, rock the baby and I am sure a good, soft 'Shhhhhhh' always helps calm them down.You can also try placing the baby on your chest to hear your heartbeat, after all, that's what baby heard for 9 months!
Needs Position Changed
We get uncomfortable sometimes and can just flip over. Baby needs your help with that, as everything. They just may need a change of position.
Needs to be Swaddled
Babies are used to being in compact bundles. Swaddle them up, they feel secure that way. Of course, do not cover their little faces :)
Needs to Play
Maybe baby just needs a little interaction. Babies need stimulation just like we do.
Needs to Sleep
The baby may be tired. If the baby has woken and you have tried all these ideas to no avail, see if the baby is ready to go back to sleep. Maybe baby just needed a good cry?
Is Over Stimulated
Just like babies can be under stimulated, they can be over stimulated as well. Say if you were in a large group, baby may just need some quiet time. Take them to another room with you or go for a walk if you can.
Hopefully this is of some help to new Mom's (or Dad's) out there. I know I really appreciated my list when I was a new Mom. Try to remember, they won't cry forever and when you have had enough and need a time out, switch with your partner, a friend or family member, for a few moments while you calm down. When you're ready, you can get back in there! Congratulations New Mommy!!
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