Newborns cry, that’s what they do. They don’t yet know how to communicate so that’s the only way they can tell you that something is wrong. Unfortunately for us, it’s not so easy to decipher what exactly is wrong all the time. I’m glad you’ve visited my site looking for some help for crying babies. I hope you find this article interesting and the method worth trying, because even though crying is natural for babies it can be stressful for everyone and it can be hard to think straight when it goes on and on.
I think that getting into a routine is the most helpful for deciphering cries. I highly recommend the Eat-Play-Sleep schedule because it helps both you and your baby to get in a rhythm.
If you know it’s about time to eat and your baby starts crying, chances are it’s because they are hungry. If you know it’s about time to take a nap and your baby starts crying, chances are it’s because they are tired… get where I’m going with this? The schedule helps you and your little one to know what’s coming next and to reduce the stress of figuring out why they are crying.
Regardless of having a great routine though, you will find times that your baby is crying for no obvious reason. It may be that they need some comforting, warmth, or to be swaddled snuggly. This article is to make you aware of the shushing trick. Well, I’m sure you’re aware of it already… we’ve all heard the wheels on the bus song where the “Mommy’s on the bus go shh shh shh”, but have you actually thought to use it? And are you doing it correctly?
Easy Simple Way to Calm a Baby
I have found that shushing is an easy, simple way to calm babies. When your baby needs some comforting, can’t seem to calm down, or is having a hard time going to sleep, try shushing them!
- Part of this trick is that you’ll want to shush a little louder than they are crying to get their attention.
You might think that shushing has to be soft and sweet to get them to calm down, but if you don’t get their attention you’re wasting your breathe. Shushing, as well as other white noise, blocks out the other noises and stimulation that is going on around them. I’ve also heard that the shushing reminds them of the noise they heard in the womb and that they find comfort in that. It has to be done at a decent volume.
- The other part of this trick is that you have to shush for a while to get them to sleep. You should get a pretty quick reaction from the shushing, but to keep them calm or to actually get them to sleep, it may take a little bit.
I can tell you that shushing definitely helped my baby and it’s worth giving it a shot. If you’ve tried it in the past, it might be worth giving it another shot.
I love this video demonstration with baby Maddox showing how effective shushing can be.
Before this blog was written I had no idea that there was a little machine out there to do this, I love researching things on the Internet!
This video and machine show just how powerful a simple and easy shushing sound is. If you only shush a few times it’s not too bad, but if you want to keep it up long enough to actually put your baby to sleep it can get boring as well as tiring.
Things to Shush for you?
Do you not like to shush because you feel like you’re going to pass out? I did a little bit of research to find different things to help, one of them being that nifty little gadget above.
This shushing gadget is a simple little device. It can be turned on and off or used with the timer. The timer can be set for 15 or 30 minutes and then there is a volume controller to adjust the sound level. It’s gotten positive reviews from those that have been willing to shell out the money for it. It’s pictured here along with the pacifier medicine dispenser. Click here to check it out on Amazon
Baby Shusher App
There is an app from Baby Shusher (the same company that makes the gadget) that you can get for your smart phone, but I’ve seen a bunch of negative reviews with people complaining about ads popping up, it freezing in the middle of shushing, or just crashing completely. It’s not something I would recommend because you’ll want something that works reliably. Another down side is that it’s a paid app. I can see spending money on something that works, but it doesn’t seem like this app is worth it.
My Shush App
I found that there’s actually a free app that’s even better than the one mentioned above. It’s called “My Shush”. It allows you to record your own shush sound and it loops it, playing it over and over again. Did I mention it’s free? You may want to do some practice shushing or record over yourself a few times until you’re satisfied with it, but it should be a quick thing to try. People have had success with it. Click here to download from Itunes
If you’re looking to get a quick helper to get your baby to calm down, definitely check out the free app. If you’re looking to get something that you use more regularly in your baby’s room, like white noise, it might be worth investing in the Baby Shusher device. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any experience with the gadget or apps. I’d love to hear from you.