How to keep your baby from crying.

Making it through the day without having your baby crying can be quite a task sometimes, but it definitely can be done. I find if you just focus and make sure you are fully prepared, it can go a long way. Believe me, I didn’t learn the easy way, and it took me a while to learn how to do things right. Eventually though, I got my act together and starting working smarter, not harder. Whether you are doing a traditional stay at home night, or going out to a fancy five star restaurant. If you follow these tips you will be on your way to a stress free and enjoyable day with your baby.

 

Get your baby on a schedule or routine.

Getting a baby on a regular sleep schedule is crucial to a happy newborn, and even just as important, a happy mother. Babies are just like adults, they love to get in routines, and are resistant to change. If you can get your baby on a routine, you can better plan your day and know when you will have your opportunities to get some work done when the little one is sleeping. My daughter likes to wake up at seven, nap at ten, nap again at around two, and go to bed around eight. All babies have different sleep patterns, but the important thing is that they stick to their same pattern each day. Try using calm relaxing music as an aid, or using their formula or breast milk to make them full and sleepy.

 

Make sure and pack a bottle before dinner.

Going out to dinner with your spouse to a fancy five star restaurant can be a nice treat. But you have to be properly prepared to pull off this Houdini trick. I have been through a few different hundred dollar steak dinners where we ended up rushing out of the steakhouse, because of a crying baby. Talk about wasting a nice night out! When you have a newborn, or infant you don’t get to eat out much, and you certainly don’t want to waste your night out like I have. My little trick is to try and keep the baby up a little bit more than normal before dinner. Then for the silver bullet, pack a bottle with four to six ounces already mixed and ready to feed. We have done this on numerous occasions, and it always knocks her out, so we can enjoy our much deserved night out.

Be prepared, have all the essentials ready to go.

Have you ever been out with your baby, and all of a sudden they have a big time dirty diaper? And to top it all off you reach for your diaper bag, and you can’t find any supplies! It happens, believe me! The best advice I can give, is the advice my husband gave me. He is an eagle scout, and he always preaches about being prepared. He got me in the habit of making sure the diaper bag is stocked each night before bed. I have a little mental checklist I run through. It is a little extra work, but it is well worth the time invested. I have not ran out of diapers or wipes since. You only make that mistake once…. okay maybe a few times.

Add a 20 minute buffer time for any scheduled trips.

Sometimes nothing can be more stressful than being late. If you add in all the different uncontrollable factors like traffic, and the weather, it can really be a crapshoot. What I find best, is if you add twenty minutes on to your original estimated departure time. This allows a good buffer time that will allow wiggle room for any catastrophe that might occur. Whether an Explosive diaper, or a ruined shirt from spit up. With this extra time you have set aside, you will be able get ready care free. I use this buffer all the time and I rarely find myself waiting around.

 

In my opinion, having a baby is the most enjoyable, and rewarding experience you can have in your lifetime. With that being said, it can also be one of the most challenging and stressful experiences. But, if you just follow the few tips I outlined above, it will go a long way in making sure yours is a pleasant experience.

Jan 26, 2012 | Category: Blog | Comments: none | Tags: ,


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