Unusual ways to soothe your baby

For many new parents, the sound of their baby's cry can ignite a sense of panic and desperation. It can sometimes feel like you're trying to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded, or decode an ancient mystery language. But, fear not! We've got your back with a list of unusual, but surprisingly effective, ways to soothe your little one.

  1. The "whoosh" sound: Babies love white noise. It reminds them of the womb, which was a surprisingly noisy place! Think about it: they were surrounded by the whooshing sounds of blood flow and mom's heartbeat. A white noise machine might do the trick, but for a more hands-on, personal approach, try making a "whoosh" sound yourself. You could even try combining this with gentle rocking motions for added comfort.
  2. Daddy's shirt: Babies are incredibly sensory beings, with smell being one of their strongest senses in the early months. If you find your baby always calms down when daddy is holding them, try wrapping them in one of daddy's worn shirts. The familiar scent can be very comforting and help them feel safe and secure.
  3. Motorcycle ride: Okay, not a real one. But mimicking the movement and sound of a motorcycle can be very soothing. Hold your baby securely and move gently from side to side while making a low "vroom" sound. It's a bit like a fun, at-home version of a rollercoaster ride - just a lot slower and safer!
  4. Vacuum cleaner symphony: The sound of a vacuum cleaner can be surprisingly calming for a baby. It provides a constant, humming noise that can help drown out other, potentially distressing noises. If running the actual cleaner seems excessive or impractical, there are plenty of vacuum cleaner recordings available online. Try searching “baby soothing sounds” on your Spotify! Play one in the background as part of your baby's sleep routine, and see the magic happen!
  5. Mirror, mirror: Let your baby look at themselves in the mirror. Babies are fascinated by faces, and their own is no exception! It can be a great distraction, and also aids in their self-discovery and development of self-awareness.

Remember, every baby is unique and what works for one might not work for another. Each baby has their own likes and dislikes, just like adults! So don't be afraid to get creative and see what your baby responds to best. The most important thing is to stay patient and keep trying different things - you got this!