Re: Bag -o- questions
with all the above, but most especially with this:
I think one of the hardest things for a mom- particularly a breastfeeding mom- to do is to relinquish the idea that everything her baby does or doesn't do is in some way under her control. So when your baby fusses, and you try everything to coothe her and she is STILL fussing, take a deep breath and try to remember that sometimes babies fuss and it's not your fault, your milk, your attitude, what you had for breakfast, the phase of the moon, etc. It's just a baby being a baby.
Originally Posted by @llli*lllmeg
Some things you can do to cope with the fussy periods:
- Nurse. Nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse. Baby can't scream when there's a breast in her mouth, thank goodness!
- Motion. Put baby in a sling or swing, take her for a ride in a car or stroller, bounce her on an exercise ball, rock in a chair, etc.
- Calm house. Keep the lights low, the stereo and tv down or preferably off.
- Closeness. Snuggle baby close to bare skin- your smell, and the sound of your breathing and heartbeat are naturally soothing. Dad can do this, too!
- White noise. Tune the radio to static, or run the vacuum.
- Warm bath (no soap).
- Trip outside.
In particular, I recommend the last two items on the list. For my girls those things were magic. They'd be screaming away but I'd pop them in the sink or take them outside and all of a sudden they'd be angel babies again. After having 2 kids, I am convinced that the key to dealing with a fussy, tired baby is to change the baby's incoming sensory stimuli.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"