When you’re navigating the tricky terrain that is new parenthood, your primary concern is how to keep your baby safe and comfortable all the time. Are they too hot? Do they need changing? Are they hungry? These questions and hundreds more like it soon take over your every waking moment until you catch yourself wondering what else used to occupy your thoughts before this little person arrived in your life. With what seems to be a new threat around every corner, we thought we’d share some of our best tips on how to keep your baby comfortable whatever the day holds, so you can rest assured – you’ve got this.
Fits of crying
Babies will cry – a lot. It’s one of those things you will learn to get used to; they’ll cry when they’re hungry, when they need changing, when they’re uncomfortable and in some cases, they’ll cry because they suffer from colic. Colicky babies can be prone to fits of crying which can last for several hours at a time, for weeks at a time – and worst of all, there’s no specific reason for it. The good news is that the babocush can offer practical relief and comfort for your baby during these crying spells. The unique cushion design seamlessly combines a gentle vibration with a heartbeat sound, and when baby is strapped in securely to their cushion, it feels just like being held over mum or dad’s shoulder – cue instant relief. See it in action here.
If your baby suffers from colic or reflux, feeding can be a stressful time as this can sometimes make the symptoms worsen. Feeding baby should be a bonding experience but if you struggle to keep your baby calm throughout the process, there are things you can do to help. Be aware of when your baby starts fussing – is it before they feed or straight after? You might try timing the feeds differently to see if that helps them settle beforehand, or give them more time to digest and bring up wind afterward (the babocush is great for this too!) If they are going through a growth spurt, their digestive system will be developing too, and this can lead to changes in comfort around feeding times, so it’s just something to be mindful of.
New babies set their own sleep schedules for the first few weeks, but after a short time you’ll both want to get into a routine for rest. For some babies, dropping off to sleep takes no effort at all but for others, they can be very unsettled before getting some shut eye. For this reason, many parents have turned to the babocush for help as most babies find it a comfortable spot to rest and relax before they are popped in their crib or Moses basket for a proper sleep. We never recommend that you let your baby sleep on the babocush, but as a pre-bedtime relaxation routine it really can work wonders.
For the first few weeks of your baby’s life, play time might sound strange but bonding can be as simple as blowing kisses, singing, tickling or any excuse to have a cuddle. Some new parents might find this a bit odd to start off, but just be aware of how your baby reacts to these different stimuli and you’ll both find something you enjoy from it.
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