SOOTHING YOUR BABY
The Nest's Noticings for the Week...
Favorite Product: The Whisbear - a lovey/sound machine that emits "pink noise" to help soothe baby. It attaches to the crib or stroller. :)
Parenting Resource or Tip: Happiest Baby on the Block is a must-read or must-watch for new parents, particularly of 0-3 month olds.
Recipe: Looking for a new recipe to boost milk supply? Check out these Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins.
Baby Signs to Use: Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa
Baby Songs to Sing: Mommy Comes Back, 10 Little Monkeys
Developmental Play Tip: What can your baby see? (Source for these facts: www.aoa.com - the American Optometric Association) At birth, your baby ‘s focus is 8-10” from their face. By eight weeks, babies more easily focus their eyes. For the first two months, baby’s eyes may appear to cross or wander and this is usually normal! Babies should begin to follow objects with eyes and reach for them by 3 months. Babies have good color vision by about 5 months. “Most babies start crawling at about 8 months old, which helps further develop eye-hand-foot-body coordination. Early walkers who did minimal crawling may not learn to use their eyes together as well as babies who crawl a lot.” Check out the Baby See app for more on what your baby can see.
We know that babies are most attracted to and interested in visual stimuli that is highly contrasting (like black and white stripes). Play Ideas: Print out high contrast images and show them to your baby: tape one next to the changing table, put one on the ground during tummy time, or hold one in front of your baby during play time and move it back and forth (practicing tracking) Another way to bring high contrast images to your baby? Have a shadow show for them! Turn off the lights and shine a flashlight on the ceiling with your hand in front to create unique shadows that they’ll find fascinating!
Today's Topic: Soothing your Baby and Summer Sensory Play
Today we talked about following your baby's cues and soothing your baby.
We talked about the importance of reading your baby's cues. All of the cues I talked about can be found in this article!
We also talked about mom-tested, practical ideas to soothe your little one. Here are some ideas for soothing that Nest moms use and love:
For the 1st 3 Months:
- Happiest Baby on the Block is a fantastic book/resource. It highlights the 5Ss to try when soothing baby: swaddle, side/stomach (baby should be on back when sleeping though!!), shhh (white noise), swing, and sucking.
When they're sleepy:
- Put down when they first start to exhibit signs of being tired!
- White Noise: try an air purifier, fan, a sound app, white noise on spotify, white noise played by Alexa and more! Mom also mentioned loving these white noise machines as ones they liked: Dohm white noise machine, hush, sound spa, the baby shusher, and hatch rest.
- Introduce a lovey as a way to help your baby soothe themselves.
- Try a pacifier! Baby won't take a pacifier? Try dipping it in sugar water. Also try rubbing it against the roof of their mouth - this activates their sucking reflex! Here's my favorite pacifier.
- Put baby in a front carrier or stroller and go for a walk outside.
When they're hungry:
- Feed them! HAHA. Either on a schedule or on demand - whatever works for you! Just try to feed them before they start to fuss/cry!
- Many moms like the Moms On Call App (they also have a book) as a way to keep track of schedules - especially if you have more than one child!
When they're teething:
- Moms suggest the following teething remedies: a frozen washcloth, frozen fruit in a mesh or silicone feeder or frozen waffles for a baby over 6 months, teething toys, amber necklaces, Camilia, Chewbeads jewelry, and tylenol. Any time you give a baby something that’s been in the freezer, let it sit out for a few minutes so that it isn’t too cold when you give it to them to suck on. Extreme coldness can give baby’s gums frostbite. :(
Other random tips:
- Try a probiotic (like BioGaia Protectis drops) to help relieve gassy tummies. Also try the Windii or infant massage.
- Introduce a lovey as early as possible! For loveys, moms suggested Aden and Anais security blankets, aden and anais loveys, and bla bla dolls.
This is the section of the recap where we give you all of the info brought up during check-in time from all of our 0-12 month Mommy and Me classes so that you can have the most resources possible!!
- Looking for a good, supportive bra? Check out Victoria's Secret maximum support bra or try wearing 2 sports bras or a sports bra with a built-in-bra top over it.
- Are you nervous your baby is getting a flat spot on their head? Try exercising their neck, laying them down to sleep in different directions or moving their bassinet 180 degrees, dangling exciting toys on their stroller toward the side you want them to look, etc. You can also try the Tortle during sleep times - a favorite of a sleep specialist that has spoken at the Nest.
- Is your baby breaking out of the swaddle? Try the SwaddleUp or doing a double swaddle below. If your blanket isn't big like hers, some moms do this method with two separate blankets - assuming your baby's room is cool enough to have two blankets. :)