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Having a fussy baby can be quite frustrating especially when you haven’t gotten a decent amount of rest yet. Fortunately, there are several methods you can rely on to calm down a fussy baby. One thing that always seems to work is a nice baby swing.
If you haven’t used a baby swing to soothe a baby yet, don’t worry. In this article, I will be sharing with you a couple of tips that will help you calm your baby in no time. Hopefully by the end of this article, you will master soothing a baby with a swing.
4 Baby Swing Tips For Soothing A Baby
According to Alanna McGinn, Founder of the Good Nite Sleep Site and a certified sleep consultant, swinging is an incredibly natural soothing motion especially for infants at their fourth trimester. And according to pediatrician Harvey Karp, to effectively sooth a baby in your baby swing, you must go by the 4 S’s:
Infants are used to the womb’s tight and cozy interior. One way you can provide a soothing space for your baby is through swaddling. Before you place your baby inside your baby swing, try and wrap your baby up in a nice soft and clean cloth that can be used as a swaddle. Aside from making your baby feel more comfortable, a swaddle also keeps your baby from flailing his or her arms and legs around since he or she will be completely tucked inside the swaddle.
Though it might seem like an obvious thing to do, many people don’t really use their ability to soothingly shush a fussy baby. The “shush” sound that you can make with your mouth can effectively sooth your baby because it is a sound that offers a calming effect. Contrary to popular belief, babies actually sleep better with a little noise than pure silence. After all, they have been in a really quiet place for nine months, a little white noise can actually help them calm down.
When using a baby swing, the best way to calm down a fussy baby is by performing rapid yet small rocking and jiggling movements. These motions are very familiar for the baby since it’s what they are usually subjected to when they were in the utero. To do so, just move your swing back and for no more than one inch towards any direction.
No you wouldn’t need to suck your baby even if you’re tempted to because he or she looks cute. What this means is that you should provide your baby with a pacifier or a thumb to suck on. Some babies find the action of sucking on something very relaxing. Just don’t forget to completely clean your pacifier or your thumb before you place it in your baby’s mouth.
Handling fussy babies can be quite frustrating especially when you have no idea what you should do to calm those little angels down. Whenever you find yourself handling a really fussy baby, just remember the four S’s: Swaddle, Shush, Swing, and Suck. Using the f0ur S’s all together will certainly help you calm any fussy baby down.
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Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.