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Reminder/Disclosure: I am not a health professional. My experience is due to me being a second time mother and I am just sharing my opinion and methods that I have tried twice in a row or more, and they have worked! Please do not live by this list. If there is something more than these wrong with your little one, go to health professional. Always go to a health professional if you have questions! I cannot be held responsible for anything you try from this list.
1. Check these first:
- Soiled diaper: Has your little one soiled their diaper? This could be one of the main reasons as to why he or she is fussy or won’t settle down.
- Hungry: If they haven’t soiled their diaper they could very easily be hungry.
- Exhausted: If they have already fed they could be exhausted or just a little tired.
- Fighting it: If they are over tired they may have a tendency to fight going to sleep, so it will leave you wondering whether there is some other underlying problem.
2. Rock-a-bye-baby: Your baby may enjoy being rocked. There are multiple ways of rocking your baby, trust me, I’ve tried them all!
- Road trip: Take your baby on a quick road trip in their car seat. The movement of the vehicle has a tendency of soothing them.
- Rocking them in your arms: Back and forth like a swing, while they are cradled in your arms on their back.
- Place them on your chest: Rock them in a rocking chair.
- Stand and lightly bounce them: Pat their back at the same time, this always works for my baby girl.
- Baby Swing: If you have a baby swing, that could always work as well.
3. Attention: There is a huge possibility that your baby wants your attention. If he or she is not tired, or may be a little tired, they will definitely want some of your attention.
- Talk to them: Whether it means you talk to them in a gentle voice, try to get them to smile or even read them a book, this may help soothe them. Although for only a little while, it will help take the edge off of their fussy moments.
- Play music: You can also play some soft music in the background. I’ve noticed lullabies work very well.
- Sing to them: Whether or not you have a beautiful voice, they know and recognize the sound, it will help soothe them.
4. Quiet Time: Has your baby been passed back and forth between family members? How about keeping them awake for more than a couple hours with toys and television or just giving them too much attention? These can all contribute to a very fussy baby. A few of my family members were over a week ago and my little one became very fussy and no matter what I tried, she would not stop. Once they left and after I checked all the necessary precautions such as soiled diaper, hunger, etcetera, she passed right out in my arms. Too much attention can be a huge mess for your baby. This could even include too many car rides. My little one hates car rides so when we do leave the house to go places, she manages to become over-whelmed with the places we go to.
5. Just You: I have a little seat that I place in the kitchen when I have to cook food or clean dishes. My toddler usually entertains her, but when she’s not available to do that I have noticed my baby likes to watch me. Or your baby wants as much skin to skin contact with you as possible.
6. Change Clothing: Your baby may have sensitive skin or just be very uncomfortable in the outfit he or she is wearing. They could be itchy, or over heated. Cold can effect them as well so make sure their skin feels normal. Check their temperature just in case!
Remember, you and your baby are still getting to know one another. Your baby also can sense if you are upset or frustrated so just breathe and realize that your emotions could be causing your baby to be fussy. You got this, parent. It’s not easy being a parent, so take your time and cherish your little ones while they are still young!