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Crying and Comforting ~ Newborn
Your baby is new. Give him all the love and comfort you can. If your baby's needs are fully satisfied in these early months, he will be less fussy and demanding later on. There is no such thing as "too much" love as you and your baby get to know each other. You can't "spoil" your new baby.

Crying is your baby's way of letting you know what he needs or that he is uncomfortable and distressed. Hunger, fatigue, too much stimulation, digestive upsets--all are part of a new baby's day. Your baby communicates that he needs you, and soon you will distinguish each cry and know how to respond.

Gradually you will develop a repertoire of ways to comfort your baby. You will know what will work with your baby in each situation. This feels wonderful for both of you!

Every baby is unique and responds in his own way. Experiment and discover what works best for your baby. This takes time and some trial and error until you form your "partnership".

Everyone has some advice for new parents! Be open to what family, friends, and books suggest. They may have some useful tips. Then choose what feels right for you and your baby together. You are your baby's parents!
New parents walk a hundred miles--all in their own home! Slow, rhythmic steps, back and forth, daytime and nighttime have soothed many babies and may work for yours.

Simply holding your baby close to you is also soothing for him. The warmth of your body and sound of your heartbeat may be the easiest way to comfort him.
Try "wearing" your baby. That way you can keep your hands free to get on with other things. Use your baby carrier at home as well as for going out. Each parent may need a carrier that is comfortable to use.

Rocking babies is a tried-and-true cure for baby distress. Try rocking him in your arms, sitting in a rocking chair, or holding him tight, as you sway back and forth.

The touch of your hand may also soothe your baby. Try slow, gentle, patting or smooth circular rubbing on his back. See what your baby responds to.
As your baby gets a bit older, he may enjoy being gently bounced on your lap or in the air. Some babies love it and find the distraction fun, others definitely do not. Follow your baby's lead.

Your baby loves the sound of your voice--use it to let him know you are there. And, remember to sing! Lullabies, nursery rhymes, the top ten, or your favorite opera all sound wonderful to your baby when the voice is yours. Ask your parents what they sang to you when you were little. Make up your own songs, too.

Some babies eventually discover their own fingers and are able to comfort themselves. This is a big step forward!.

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