Huge tears rolling down Maria’s face say it all. “Anna cries all the time, and so do I!” this young mother tells her husband. As if on cue, Anna seems to wind up for a big one. Her face gets red, her hands start to tremble, and her legs stiffen. Though Maria knew that all babies cry, she never imagined how overwhelmed she would feel when her tiny newborn enters the fussing/crying, "Rebooting Zone."
T – Talk to your baby. Lean over and use a persistent, sing-songy voice close to her ear. Give your baby a few seconds to notice and respond to your voice.
- Bend the knees upward and rotate them outward to protect the hips. (Here is the International Hip Dysplasia Institutes's link to safe swaddling.)
- Do not swaddle tightly, or for long periods of time.
- Monitor the baby's temperature to avoid over-heating.
- Never put a swaddled (or un-swaddled) baby to sleep on his stomach.
- Stop swaddling baby once she can roll over (at about 3-4 months old).
© HUG Your Baby 2015