Comforting ~ Younger Babies
baby is more settled now, and you are more experienced. You know her
cries, moods, and temperament. You have comforted her successfully many
times, and she knows that you'll come when she calls. But she continues
to need you when she's upset, so be there for her, and keep up the good
Holding, walking, rocking, bouncing, chatting, singing - your entire
repertoire of comforting techniques will still be in active use during
these months. Be open to new ways as well. Your baby may suddenly stop
responding to something that always worked before.
your baby is gradually becoming more aware of the world around her,
use this new understanding to help comfort her. Changing the scenery
by walking into another room or going for a brief stroll outside may
settle her. A brief distraction may also help, such as a toy or mobile.
Sometimes playing music, singing, or letting her see you better helps
baby knows your voice, so just hearing you, even from another room,
may help her for a few moments until you can get there. Soothe her with
words, as you get her bottle or prepare to pick her up.
babies discover their own fingers and toes! They reach out and grab
them, pull them, put them in their mouths, suck on them, and often just
look at them. This is a great way for them to comfort themselves!
crying may be your baby's way to unwind from her stimulating day rather
than a specific need, such as hunger or thirst. You may not be able
to do anything more than hold and comfort her. Let her know you love
her and that you will always be there when she needs you.