It is common for parents to feel frustration, anxiety, and even anger when faced with the constant wails of a crying baby, especially if your child is calling for your attention in the mid hours of the night. In stressful situations like this, you must learn to develop some strategies for taking care of your baby and most importantly, yourself. Instead of leaving your baby to “cry it out” or resorting to the “rock and sway” method, try these alternative methods in order to console crying babies in a calm and spiritual manner. Zen Parenting is easier than it sounds!
- Soothe with white noise or vibration. Set the fan to low pressure or purchase a white noise machine. Sometimes all your baby needs is a little distraction. You can also create white noise by running the vacuum cleaner, hair dryer or clothes dryer. If you need to get out of the house, take your child on a relaxing car ride. The relaxing movement of the car can put a child to sleep and give you some time to breath and clear your mind.
- Try a pacifier. For many babies, sucking is a very soothing and relaxing practice. A pacifier can be a source of comfort and relief for a colicky baby. Sucking stimulates a release of chemicals from the brain that decreases moderate levels of stress. Researchers have found an association between the use of pacifiers and a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). So, the next time you find your baby crying and fussing, try giving them a pacifier to suck on.
- Massage your baby. Touch is an incredible soothing sensation for an infant. Rub your baby’s back when you are holding them and as they are getting ready to fall asleep. The comfort of a mother’s hand has the ability to silence and relax an unhappy baby. Massaging helps babies sleep more peacefully and it is one of the most powerful forms of communication between a mother and a child. The affectionate touch can serve as a rhythmic movement that satisfies the baby’s needs.
- Move location. Change the scenery by going outside or moving to a different room in the house. Sometimes babies react differently according to the environment they are in. Dim the lights or play gentle music to soothe the crying baby. If your baby continues to express discomfort, try giving them a bath or taking them for a walk in the stroller.