Jaime is a new dad to baby Olivia, and of course he loves to give her a cuddle every chance he gets, but when the time comes to eat, shower or do things around the house, Olivia’s not so keen on being set down. In fact, during her first 6 weeks, she never wanted to be set down, and would cry endlessly until she was picked up again.
Thankfully, Jaime and his partner had already heard about the Babocush so were well prepared with one by the time of Olivia’s arrival – except Olivia seemed to hate it! For her first 6 weeks she refused to settle anywhere but in her parents’ arms, and even putting her on her Babocush wasn’t working, even though most babies take to it instantly.
Jaime knew that to save their sanity, he and his wife would have to persevere with the Babocush and keep getting Olivia used to it in order to regain a few precious minutes for themselves each day. Fussy babies can still benefit from the Babocush - it just might take them a little more time to love it.
With each Babocush baby comfort cushion, we provide a helpful list of tips for getting your baby to settle quickly on the cushion if you feel they aren’t sure about it. These tips might be useful for you too if you’re experiencing the same challenges as Jaime:
- It is essential to make sure the vibration and heartbeat settings are switched on before placing your baby on the cushion – have it ready to go while you are still holding your baby so that placing them on it isn’t such a drastic change from being held in your arms.
- Place a familiar smelling soft blanket under the head area.
- If your baby has a dummy make sure it is in.
- Check the straps aren’t too tight around the baby (some babies don’t like the shoulder straps too tight). Adjust them as necessary so that they are still safe and comfortable.
- Check the bouncer or rocker isn’t too upright – if you often lie flat with your baby against your chest the upright position of the rocker may feel too unnatural.
- Try rocking the rocker gently for a few moments after you put your baby on the Babocush whilst rubbing their back and making soothing shhhhhing noises – this lets them know that you are still close by.
- Don’t wait until your baby is in bad form to introduce the Babocush – get them familiar with it when they are content and they will take to it more readily. The sooner you can introduce it to them the easier it will be, and remember like in Jaime and Olivia’s case it could take a few weeks before they get accustomed to it.
Now that Olivia is getting more used to her Babocush thanks to her dad’s persistence, she has started to look forward to her tummy time and dad can finally eat a meal with both hands again.
Aside from tummy time benefits, which help to build strong neck muscles and aid digestion, the Babocush is also great for babies suffering from colic or reflux, and helps to reduce flat head syndrome which can happen when babies spend too much time on their backs. The Babocush is ideal for newborn right up until your baby is 6 months old, so introducing it when your baby is a newborn will ensure you both get plenty of enjoyment from it.
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