A lot of people seem to think that babies shouldn’t cry. They think that, if babies cry there must be a reason and you, the parent, should be able to do something about it. But all babies cry, and some cry a lot.
Sometimes you’ll know the reason. Often you’ll try everything to stop it – change nappies, feed, rock, play – and yet nothing seems to work.
Here are some things you can try:
- Let your baby suckle at your breast.
- Hold your baby close, rocking swaying, talking, singing. Or put your baby in a sling, held close against you.
- Rock your baby backwards and forwards in the stroller, or go out for a walk or drive. Quite a lot of babies sleep in the car. Mine all did. Never leave your baby in the car.
- Stroke your baby – undress your baby and massage with baby massage oil, gently and firmly. Talk soothingly as you do it. Make sure the room is warm. Click on the link to find out about baby massage courses in your area. Infant Massage – Australia
- Quietly put your baby down after a feed and leave the room for a few minutes. Sometimes all the rocking and singing succeeds only in keep your baby awake.
- This difficult time won’t last forever. Your baby will gradually start to take more interest in the things around him or her and the miserable, frustrated crying will almost certainly stop.
- Never shake your baby. Shaking makes a baby’s or infant’s head move violently. It causes bleeding and can damage the brain. Sometimes you will feel very tired and even desperate. You might feel that you are losing control and have an urge to shake your baby. But don’t, this is dangerous. Put your baby down safely in the cot or pram and calm yourself: don’t be angry with your baby. Call a family member, neighbour or friend to look after your baby while you get some breathing space.
If you are finding it hard to cope you may need some help or support – Free Call Pregnancy Birth & Baby Helpline 1800 882 436.
Further information on a crying baby click on this link: Health Direct – Australia
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The pop-up travel solutions are incredibly lightweight and compact for easy travelling. They fold into their own small carry bag and – like it says on the label – pops up to provide a sleepy haven in seconds.
The Pop Up Travel Bassinette weighs less than 1kg and the Pop Up Travel Bubble Cot weighs 2.2kg – they are made with breathable polyester and cotton fabric panels and also include a thin mattress, removable canopy and integrated mosquito net to protect baby from nasty nibbles.
- The Pop-Up Travel Bassinette is suitable from birth to around six months
- The Pop Up Travel Bubble Cot is suitable from 6 months to 18 months.
Both Pop-Up travel solutions provide a clean, safe and comfortable place for baby to sleep and are so compact and easy to carry, will be top of your list of priorities not only on holidays, but for days out and visiting family and friends too.
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