Re: Help! I can't figure out what is going on
Tips for dealing with colicky crying or babies who are difficult to soothe:
- Calm house. Lights, TV, and stereo turned down or preferably off.
- White noise. Vacuum cleaner noises, radio static, breathing and heartbeat sounds.
- Closeness. Cuddle baby up in a sling or close to bare skin.
- Motion. Rock in a rocking chair, put baby in a swing, bounce gently on exercise ball, take baby for a stroller ride.
- Nurse as much as possible, if baby is willing.
- Warm water. Give baby a bath in the sink or get into the tub with him/her. This is especially good for babies who are struggling with gas or having difficulty pooping- the warm water can relax them enough to allow them to pass what is bothering them.
- Trip outside. Take baby outside in sling or stroller, or simply move him close to a window so the light that is striking him changes.
For my kids, coping with mysterious infant crying was all about changing their sensory inputs. Nothing worked for long, so I had to keep changing it up- when one technique failed, I moved on to another.
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!"