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The art of coming up with a new soothing routine

Parenthood requires a whole new kind of creativity, particularly when it comes to soothing. It’s not uncommon for babies to find comfort in different things over time, and for you to have to mix things up every so often. If you’re wondering where to begin, use this guide as a starting point for finding new ways to comfort your baby.

Calm times


Use the times when your little one is calm and happy to explore what they enjoy most. Maybe they love a particular toy, or really enjoy a lullaby. Do some detective work and let your baby’s preferences guide you when the time comes to offer comfort. And remember, try things one at a time so you know which technique did the magic.

Everybody else


You know your baby best. Sure, your sister­in­law might swear by a soothing technique for her baby, but don’t feel you have to try the deluge of advice that is being offered to you, or disappointed if it doesn’t work. Your baby is a unique little human being, so trust your instincts and the connection you have with them.

A baby’s perspective


You might also find it handy to think about things from your baby’s perspective. What stage of development are they at? Are they about to go through a growth spurt? Could this be the beginning of teething? Sometimes there will be things you can do to help. At other times, it’s simply reassuring to know that this period of discomfort is temporary.

It’s normal


We’ll confess that the idea of coming up with a new soothing routine can sometimes be misleading. After all, it suggests that a solution is waiting for you. You just haven’t found it yet. We’re here to tell you that there will be times when healthy babies simply won’t stop crying. In fact, from 2 weeks to 4 months, it’s common for babies to cry without explanation more than any other period of their life. So if your little one won’t stop crying, know they’ll always feel comfort being held in your arms or spending time with you. You may not be able to fix everything, but you’ll always be number one.

 

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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