One of the toughest things I had to get used too with a new baby and still manage with is the stress of having a baby crying. Maybe you are like me and grew up in a home as an only child, or maybe you were the youngest of your siblings and didn’t really have to listen to anyone but yourself crying as a child (You know I Kid). The one thing that may just get under your skin more than anything as a new dad or mom might be dealing with a colic baby. What do you do? How do you manage it? How do you keep yourself sane? Read on!
One of the first things that might come to mind when you hear a child crying is to correct an issue to stop the crying from the already increased stress levels you may have of a newborn. While your first instinct as a parent is to stop the crying, keep in mind that crying is your child’s only form of communication with you. Often we associate crying with sadness or pain which is an undesirable manifestation for most of us. Your baby does not always cry simply because he or she is in pain. Remember that contributing factors include hunger, burps and sometimes just being tired. To circumvent the situation, much has to do with your state of mind. Here are some tips I have followed to keep my head on straight.
5 Tips to Help You Stay Calm
- Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Sometimes decreasing the speed of your breathing may help you calm down.
- Remember crying does not hurt you or your baby. Remind yourself that this is your babies only method of communication.
- Go over the simple possibilities for the crying (Hunger, dirty diaper, burps, tired). These are the most common solutions to 90% of cries.
- Take a break to regroup. Often times mentally you may not feel so strong in the moment. Put your baby in a place where he or she will be safe such as a crib, and take a breather for just a few moments.
- Talk to someone. Don’t bottle in your emotions. Let someone else know how you feel who has already raised children or your spouse.
Managing a baby is a big responsibility, and challenges will be ever changing year by year. One thing I remind myself of when I feel that the crying is a bit much to handle is that my baby will never be this little again and next year I will be dealing with a different set of challenges.
If you feel that you simply cannot manage the cries of your baby and your state of mind is beyond these simple tips which I have already mentioned you will then want to contact your local physician to discuss further help you may need.