Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Soothing a Crying Baby

When a baby starts crying we instantly start running though a list of questions...

Is she hungry? Feed her.
Is she wet? Change her.
Is she lonely? Pick her up.
Is she gassy? Burp her.
Is she cold? Bundle her up.

The question is what do you do when none of those things work!  I turned to Dr. Harvey Karp's national bestseller, The Happiest Baby on the Block.  I wanted to highlight a couple things that I learned from this book.

First, know that you are a still good mom even if you can't soothe your baby every time.  Even these experts struggle to sooth a baby every time.


Second, know that the advice you can find will often be confusing or contradictory. Some say experts say that you can never spoil a baby so hold her while other experts say to let the baby cry herself to sleep.  In conclusion, experiment.   Find what works best for you and your baby.
Third, try to create an environment that imitates that environment like the world they knew for the last 9 months. 


You can create this environment by following Dr. Harvey Karp's 5 "S's" technique.


The 5 "S's" are most helpful when you use all of them.  Start at the top of the list and just pile one soothing technique right on top of the other. 


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