7 Must Haves for a Fussy Baby
Raise your hand if you've ever dealt with a fussy baby. (Cue the hand raise!) I've been there and if you're in the midst of dealing with it you feel like there is no end in sight and your baby will just cry forever. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and there are ways to deal with the fussiness and the long nights. I've put together a short list of things that if you're on the struggle bus of a fussy baby, you need to get these today!
- Swaddling Blankets: My daughter's first few months of life were stressful for us and her. One of the things that she always seemed to respond to a warm, fluffy, and fuzzy blanket wrapped tightly around her. It seemed like when she was in her screaming fits or her evening crying spells if we wrapped her tightly and held her close, she would calm down and be content. The closeness of that blanket wrapped around her helped to relax her and she was able to be comfortable.
- Wedge: In some cases, a baby's fussiness may be due to an underlying health issue such as reflux. A wedge is a great idea so that your baby's head can be elevated at night when they sleep. You can buy these and place them under the mattress sheet and you're good to go. Just this simple change can do wonders for your baby.
- White Noise Machine: These are life savers! You can find them just about anywhere. We immediately bought one for my daughter after doing research to see what would help her sleep. You can buy portable ones which is good idea because you may need it in the car. These machines can play different sounds from ocean waves to a thunderstorm. Great investment!
- Hair Dryer: So you're probably thinking, "What in the world is a hair dryer doing on this list?" Oh my goodness, let me just tell you. A hair dryer has been our weapon of calming the crying baby for three kids now. If you're dealing with asuper colicky baby or just trying to lull them to sleep when they are fighting it. a hair dryer has a certain magical quality that you will be amazed with when you see it in action. Make sure you get one with a cool setting that can be adjusted with a switch and not just a button!
- Rocking Chair/Glider: Owning a rocking chair will also be a saving grace. The constant movement of the rocking would help our daughter stay calm and content. The motion seemed to help her a lot. I recommend definitely having a rocking chair!
- Colic Calm: This is probably my favorite item on the list. If your baby is suffering from gas/colic/reflux/stomach pains, you have to get this. I tell everyone with a young baby that is fussy to get this! I had the most success with this and honestly, it seemed to be magic. We were in the trenches of colic with our daughter when I discovered this. You can find it at most any drug store. It's homeopathic, which makes it even better. The first time I gave it to her I was a little nervous, as it is jet black (due to the activated charcoal). The moment it hit her belly, it was instant relief. She was a new baby! You could tell it made her feel better and her belly settled down.
- A Break: It is more than necessary for mom and dad to get a break It can be extremely tough dealing with a colicky baby and a break is sometimes all you need to regain your composure and get yourself back on track. If there is a certain time of day you can bet your baby is going to start into a crying spell, have someone come be with the baby while you step out and go for a walk. It's not only good for you but good for your baby as well.
I hope this list helps! Is there something that helped you get through the tough times with your fussy baby? Leave it in the comments below!