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What is the best way to settle a baby?



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There are two methods that always worked for me, and they are music and motion. I always try music first, just because it's easier. Believe it or not, babies have musical preference. When my brother was a baby he loved Metallica. There was no better way to sooth him than to put on the "...And Justice for All" album. There was the odd time he wasn't in the mood for music. On these occasions motion worked best to sooth him. Sometimes this meant rocking him, but most often it meant a walk in the stroller or ride n the car. I hope these options work for you!
Rocking a baby up and down in your arms while walking is supposed to help calm them down. I've heard it reminds them of the womb.
Body to body contact
Check if the baby is hungry. Another reason could be colicky pain. Gripe water works best. In addition, lullaby and patting lightly on the forehead or back should settle the child.
If they are as difficult to settle as my first born daughter then you need to try everything and anything till you find something that works. What works for many may be completely useless for your baby.

My daughter would never settle in my arms. The only way to get her to sleep was to put her in her pram and take her for a walk if you had the energy and it wasn't cold or rainy.

Otherwise a real gem I found was to find a bump in the floor, like the join between lino and carpet, or otherwise roll up an old towel to provide a makeshift bump. Then put your baby in their pram and wheel it back and forth over the bump. This seemed much more effective than merely wheeling the pram back and forth on its own.

Good luck and get some sleep when your baby does.
Hahah, my mother-in-law had a similar suggestion! Thanks Jo.
by Vee
Bumpy rides in the pram were definitely the way to go for my very difficult to settle baby. Whilst in the pram, the bumpier the ride the more deeply she slept. When I was exhausted from the walking (or bumping) we would return home via a side gate which was in the centre of a cyclone wire fence and made a particular noise when opening. As soon as that noise occurred, my baby was awake and screaming. Back out we would go to walk (bumpily) some more.
The same result came from having the radio absolutely blaring, right next to the crib.
I have no idea why these things worked but my mother always suggested that we were getting around the house on tippy toes too much - go figure.
Also, the one (and only one) night we and the baby all got a good nights sleep was when I brought the baby to bed, laid her on my belly and chest and she slept like a log and so did we. The next morning I was wracked with guilt as the local infant welfare nurse explained that we could easily have suffocated her. However, I thought it was a much better idea to have her in bed with us and to alleviate the problems that come from severe sleep deprivation.
by fran.
It's a tradition in my family to sing a baby/child to sleep. Ian remember back to my nan doing this. At 12 months my second granddaughter was humming Stayin' Alive. But my repertoire goes back further than that. Her brother at 21 months was singing Run Rabbit. The 4 year old now likes having her back tickled to Oh My Papa and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Oh! grann, both my babies' loved 'What's New Pussycat', to the extent that my daughter's nickname was 'Puss'! Lol!
by donjo
It's a tradition in my family to sing a baby/child to sleep. Ian remember back to my nan doing this. At 12 months my second granddaughter was humming Stayin' Alive. But my repertoire goes back further than that. Her brother at 21 months was singing Run Rabbit. The 4 year old now likes having her back tickled to Oh My Papa and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Every kid is different, but a "Lullabub" cot-rocker worked well for us a lot of the time.
by kimp
I agree with dgrwriting.
Nip o' brandy in the bottle of milk! Lol!

Seriously, just cuddling Bub whilst walking we found good for our baby son in the first few months'.
Also, drive in the car sent him to sleep within ten minutes', as well. As he was 'out like a light', easy to get him to the cot then. Peaceful night ensued til next feed!
Did you see in love child the matron dipped a dummy in brandy to settle a teething baby. Teething gels all have alcohol
by nat_c
No, nat_o......as not a show I watched, due disinterest!
by donjo
smack it!!!!
by Finy
Finy, I'm laughing hysterically because you're joking. Please tell me you're joking.
by Vee
well in my day we DID smack!
by Finy
Yeah, Finy, but surely not to 'settle' baby?
by donjo
Babies are different but I can usually settle fussy babies. Being calm and relaxed is very important. If you are tense the baby is unlikely to relax, so try the pram or a baby bouncer in that case. I hold a baby against my body with their head near my shoulder. I slow my breathing as I walk around and pat their back or bottom, quite firmly. I might hum or put on music. If they are distracted and trying to look around keep turning away from what they are trying to see- do it gently so they dont get frustrated. I do not give up. The moment comes when it is too hard for the baby to fight sleep.slow the back patting. Let them sleep a couple of minutes against you with minimal patting. When you put them in their bed, you may need to continue patting slowly for half a minute.
Babies are different but I can usually settle fussy babies. Being calm and relaxed is very important. If you are tense the baby is unlikely to relax, so try the pram or a baby bouncer in that case. I hold a baby against my body with their head near my shoulder. I slow my breathing as I walk around and pat their back or bottom, quite firmly. I might hum or put on music. If they are distracted and trying to look around keep turning away from what they are trying to see- do it gently so they dont get frustrated. I do not give up. The moment comes when it is too hard for the baby to fight sleep.slow the back patting. Let them sleep a couple of minutes against you with minimal patting. When you put them in their bed, you may need to continue patting slowly for half a minute.
My son was a collicky baby. A warm hot water bottle under his tummy, or lying him on his tum across my knees helped. In their bed put them down withtheir bottom in the air, but don't leave them to sleep in that position. I used every remedy available- I agree gripe water was pretty good, as was a teaspoon of fresh mint leaf tea cooled.
Every baby is different. My daughter wanted to be in a sling attached to me. My son wanted classic music and a dummy. Since I've been expecting my first grandchild. They now have vibrating bouncers . musical potties. Dummy thermometer s. Also fold up walkers. Put baby to bed and hope for the best. Maybe a self propelled rocking bed.
Oh! nat_c.......I read ahead as 'self propelled rocket'!
Way to go! Yay!
by donjo
Apparently this works:

You get a ''tissue'' and very gently let it pass over the babies face, and again, and again....It makes them go to sleep.
I saw a doctor do it, and thought ''what''!!!
But, it does work? go figure.

https://youtu.be/Bmf7IUHa18E
LOL! My son does this to soothe himself as he is going off to sleep. He uses his security cloth and sings to himself.
by Vee
Now that is very sweet :)

by jonaj
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