Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Day 177 - Bad Evening

Today's Tip - Try a variety of tactics to get through the witching hour

Is your baby fussy and cranky during the evening like our son was? That's right, you're not alone. Many young babies cry or fuss in the late afternoon, early evening. It's pretty frustrating, especially when you can't seem to get them to stop.

If you've got a baby who just won't calm down, try the following:
  • Feeding - He might just be hungry, or need a snack that's not in his "schedule" be flexible
  • Swaddling - The comfort of feeling like he's back in the womb might be just what he needs
  • Go outside - Our son will calm right down and watch cars and trucks go by for hours. The sights and sounds of the outdoors just might distract him from his current funk.
  • Move - Gentle movement, rocking, cuddline and white noise are all excellent calming measures. Sometimes babies are just overstimulated and need to calm down
  • Nap - Just like needing another snack, your baby just might need an unscheduled nap. Don't feel bad about giving in, its good to be flexible

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