A loud cry awakens you from your deep sleep, forcing you to attend to your baby while still in zombie mode. A mother’s job can be difficult when it comes to soothing a crying baby. There are many reasons why your baby may be crying inconsolably, but it could be because they are hungry, want you to comfort them, or are simply tired.
But if you have just fed your newborn, and s/he is still crying, holding them up in your arms might help them calm down. However, it is not as simple as it seems. When it comes to new mothers dealing with their tiny tots, there is a lot that goes in their mind. From being afraid to pick up that little human being to panicking every time s/he cries, a new mother feels like getting stuck at an alien place. And anyone who steps up to help or give tips in such a situation, feels like a God sent gift.
To address this issue, Dr. Amit Gupta, Senior Consultant Paediatrics & Neonatology, Motherhood Hospital, Noida, lists some tips that will help mothers deal with their newborn child.
First, see to it that your baby can see, hear, move and touch you. “Ensure that your baby’s arms and legs move in disconnected ways, this will help your newborn to control their movements,” says Gupta.
Second, when interacting with your baby, look into his/her eyes and smile in response to his/her smiles. “You may see that your baby may react positively to your facial expressions,” Gupta tells you.
Third, it is critical to interact with your baby in soft tones; the baby may try to memorise and copy your words.
Fourth, it is critical to gently soothe, stroke, and hold your child on occasion. “This will help comfort the baby because they enjoy being held and cuddled,” Gupta believes.
Fifth, when it comes to babies, skin to skin contact is essential; feeling, hearing, and smelling the mother’s presence helps the baby feel calm and safe.