Soothing a crying baby

Posted by Alina on Tuesday Oct 7, 2008 Under Baby Products, useful tips

When we came home from the hospital with our newborn son, my husband and I felt very excited and more than a bit overwhelmed. We found that at times we were at a loss of what to do when he cried. We would of course check that his diaper was fresh, he had been fed, did not wish to sleep, did not have a burp, and didn’t have a hair wrapped around his finger or toe. When holding, rocking, singing, swaddling, and all our other tricks didn’t seem to work, the one thing that we found extremely helpful during those first weeks was music. We used our iPhones to provide music wherever in the apartment we happened to be. A small music player with speakers will do the same job. Not all music helped to soothe our little guy, but I must say, the Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles, was FANTASTIC! This CD features reworked Beatles songs without lyrics and involves some sort of chimes that just seemed to put him in a trance. It was amazing to see how he would stop crying and just listen. The Rockabye Baby series offers reworked versions of music of multiple artists. I also purchased the ones by Coldplay and Bob Marley, but these did not seem to have the same effect. Our son also responded to the Simon and Garfunkel CD’s such as The Best of Simon and Garfunkel and Negotiations and Love Songs as well as classical music, but nothing was like the Rockabye Baby Beatles.

In addition to music, the other super effective calming sound was the blow dryer. Whenever he cried during diaper changes we would just turn it on and he would instantly calm down.

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