Before you have a baby, it's easy to imagine a quiet, angelic little creature that plays by himself, sleeps through the night and hardly ever cries. Ah, bliss! But all parents know that babies hardly ever act like you expect them to. And some babies earn themselves the moniker of "fussy" - crying for long periods each day, highly active, and in need of lots of attention. While this can be a frustrating situation, a little time spent finding ways to smooth the road can provide some relief. Here, the parents of Parent Soup share their tips on soothing even the fussiest babies. All you bleary-eyed new parents out there, take heart! Not only are you not the only one dealing with a fussy baby, now you've got help.
"My son is a truly spirited baby. I felt movement with him at fourteen weeks and my doctor thought I was crazy. He hasn't stopped since. May I suggest a few things? Try buying a large piece of poster board, the kind reinforced by a foam center. Draw large shapes, the baby's name, etc., with red and black markers. Place it near the area you want the baby to play. Your child may just need that extra bit of stimulation. I also tried very calm instrumental music."
"No one seems to have the cure for a fussy baby, except for the advice to be patient and that eventually in time it will wear itself out. A good solid feeding schedule has helped us a lot. We also do not overfeed anymore and try to burp more frequently when feeding. Soothing music helps a little, for a good sleeping schedule. Also warm baths help to soothe the belly, try using a good pacifier. We still have our bad days but these things have helped."