Babies need extra care
Everyone loves babies. They are lovely, tiny creatures who need extra care, love and pampering. Couples these days are reluctant to have kids and I always wondered why any couple would bother having these little humans; they just sleep, eat and repeat and that’s it. And now, after being a mom of a cute little monster, I have realized that it takes a village to raise a kid. It is lethargic and very much tiring at times to keep him calm. Endless feeding sessions, dirty diapers and sleepless nights often makes me frustrated. I try feeding, burping, and changing diapers. I even check to see if his socks are too tight? Could it be gas? Is he feeling too hot or too cold? Maybe he is teething. Regardless of trying everything he keeps on crying and my stress level go high many times. He. Just. Keeps. Crying.
It’s normal to feel stressed while handling a baby
A crying baby can rattle even the most light-headed person. It has to do with the way our brains are wired. I feel a sense of urgency when he cries. It’s just like a fire alarm goes off in my brain. It is their way of telling us their needs. But what if we have done all the things and the crying doesn’t stop? I have experienced a fact that a baby tends to tune in to the emotional state of her caregiver. So if the baby needs us to be our calmest so we can help them calm down, we often feel stressed, frustrated and wound up. Our facial expression also show stress and that may add to the baby’s stress and intensify her fussiness.
Calming yourself down is the trick
The first thing that has to be taken care of is YOU. You must recognize that you yourself are anything but calm. Before picking up the fussy baby, take a moment to know how are you feeling (frustrated, angry, sad, happy etc.). After that some additional strategies that may help are:
• Take a break: Gift yourself few minutes to calm down and pay attention to your own needs. Make time to feed yourself, have a warm bath, call a friend or talk to your husband. This self care will keep you calm and stay self- regulated. I always try to be in a calmer state of mind before helping my baby.
• Try some yogasana: Try doing some exercises to reduce stress. Take deep even breaths to make yourself feel calmer. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.
• Take good sleep: YEAH!! Please, do have deep, refreshing sleeps. I know it’s tough but you have to do this. Parents who take good sleeps tend to take good care of their babies. New parents need and deserve support.
Always remember, that your baby loves you but he is having tough time right now. Take breaks when you can, ask for help if you need it and make time for yourself.
Keeping Calm: The Gist Of Baby Care Tips For New Moms
Everyone with a heart loves babies. Even though as a mother, all I see mine doing is eat, sleep, and repeat, I love my little human to bits. But what happens when they start to cry incessantly? What if even after feeding, burping, changing diapers, checking the socks, it doesn’t stop? It becomes too frustrating for me, no wonder what the new mother experiences. So, why does it happen? Let us know about it.
Most of the Baby Care Tips for New Moms overlook this part, but according to my observation, babies respond to the emotional state of the person giving care. So, when they need us to be the calmest, we are often wound up and frustrated. This adds to their fury and when we shout or show a frustrated facial expression, the babies can pick up the emotions and it manifests through their incessant crying and wailing.
Taking care of yourself
As I was saying if you cannot care for yourself, how are you going to take care of that little person? So, take care of yourself first. Have a chat with your friends, take some break time, try some yoga; that is, do anything that calms you. As you are calm, the baby will emulate you. This I think, is the crux of all the Baby Care Tips For New Moms.