How to Comfort a Baby
Does your little angel keep crying? Perhaps you are facing trouble in calming your baby, or you just want to find the best possible ways to comfort your baby. This post covers it all! We have handpicked the best and most effective strategies you can use to calm down and bring comfort to your baby effectively.
- Use Soothing Sounds
A parent's voice is always soothing to a baby. Try singing quietly to them. You may find that singing the same song or lullaby over and over will be soothing. You can also try playing music at a low volume to calm the baby. It is also a known fact that sounds that remind babies of being inside the womb can have a calming effect. Such sounds may include the humming sound of a fan, a white noise device, a vacuum cleaner, or the recording of a heartbeat. Vice versa, you should avoid shouting or any sort of loud music in front of your baby. Babies have fragile hearts, and such noises can easily terrify them.
- Swaddle Using a Blanket
Sometimes babies feel insecure about their environment, which may cause discomfort to them. To counter this, you can swaddle them in a blanket. It will make your baby feel secure and protected. The blanket also offers numerous other benefits. It will keep your baby warm and will help them to sleep better. Swaddling also helps prevent unnecessary wake-ups due to the baby's startle reflex. A blanket will restrict unnecessary movement and will prevent startling from happening. Gently wrapping a baby in a blanket will also give them the same familiar feeling of being in the womb. It will naturally calm down your baby. Our Minky Blanket makes for a perfect snuggle partner!
Furthermore, sometimes digestion problems may also cause discomfort to your baby. You can hold your baby in your arms and gently rub their back to help with digestion and provide support. Lay the baby down on their back if they typically go to sleep in this position.
- Use a Body Carrier or Rocker
To remind babies of movements they felt in the womb, you can always walk them in a body carrier or use a rocker. These are calming motions that bring peace to a baby. If you walk your baby, it will also divert your baby’s attention from whatever was bothering them. You can also hold your baby close to cuddle. Touching and carrying your baby around can help stop them from crying. Carrying your baby around even if you are busy helps too! It will give your baby a sense of protection by being close to you. Moreover, you should also frequently change your baby's position to prevent any discomfort.
- Give a Bath
Does bathing in warm water give you a soothing effect? Your answer is probably yes, and the same goes for babies. You can gently bathe your baby in lukewarm water if it brings comfort to them. However, not all babies like warm baths, so you should look out for any signs of discomfort. After bathing, always make sure you moisturize your baby's skin as dry and itchy skin can be a major cause for discomfort to them. While moisturizing, always use products specifically designed for babies, as they are gentle and do not cause irritation. Furthermore, back massages can complement the comfort levels of your baby as well.
- Provide a Pacifier
Babies also like sucking. They often resort to their thumbs or fingers, but providing them with a pacifier can make things very easy. Sucking on pacifiers help babies relieve stress without crying, and it is a good way to keep them busy. However, always make sure you clean the pacifier before handing it over to your baby as it can have many harmful germs on it and can cause them to get sick.
- Feed Your Baby
Last but not least, you should always make sure the cause of discomfort is not hunger. Very young babies do not have a large diet and are often hungry after every 1-2 hours of feeding. You should also be careful about accidentally overfeeding your baby as it can cause digestion problems. You can note down the sleeping and feeding times of your baby to keep track and avoid unnecessary feeding. For breastfeeding babies, moms can change their diets to see if it makes a difference. Often contents such as caffeine and milk in the mother's diet can be causes of the baby's discomfort. If your baby is bottle-feeding, you can consult a doctor regarding changing your baby's feeding formula.
Babies are sensitive, and it is often the little things that can bother them. Parents and Caretakers should be patient when handling a baby and always carefully observe them. Sometimes small details can reveal causes of discomfort.
Great article! I use the calming motions method with my baby, it’s more effective when I swaddle him because it will make him feel cozy and comfortable. I tend to give him baths as a part of his nightly routine, and it works perfectly.