How To Calm Your Baby Down

March 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Babies

We know that a baby’s crying is a form of communication because it does not yet have the ability to use language to let us know what it wants. But there are times when a baby just keeps on crying no matter what we do to try to understand its needs at that moment. We go through all of the obvious needs such as to appease hunger, change diapers, sing, cradle, and walk, still nothing seems to help.

Perhaps diversion will help. Diversion such as a toy or mobile that resembles a human or human like animal hung safely over the baby’s crib, soft music, in some instances babies have been known to respond to the hum of a vacuum cleaner.

There have been some suggestions that baby’s respond to white noise and stop crying. A white noise machine can be purchased in any notions store or baby store.

During a tantrum, you may be tempted to shout at your toddler, or use words that are beyond the comprehension of a two-year-old. For starters, your child’s vocabulary is limited, and he will not understand most of what you are trying to communicate. Additionally, children emulate their parents: if Mommy or Daddy raise their voices when they are criticized or when they want something, this must be an acceptable form of behavior.

Let’s examine effective ways to deal with tantrums. Begin with trying to analyze the source of the inappropriate conduct. Tantrums often arise from frustration, which can spring from fatigue, hunger, an inability to communicate or not receiving gratification. If you believe your little one needs a nap or a lunch break, attend to these matters immediately. If you are that parent whose child is acting up in the grocery store, simply ignore the tantrum, as well as the dirty looks from the other shoppers. Chances are that once your toddler realizes his behavior is not getting the desired result, the drama will eventually cease. When your child is calmer, talk to him about asking for things in a polite way. Reinforce this suggestion whenever tantrums occur, and your toddler will eventually learn that tantrums do not deliver what he wants.

As they grow, children begin to assert their independence in many little ways. However, they also need boundaries. After a tantrum, tell your child in a matter-of-fact way that his conduct was out of the bounds of good behavior, and that there are consequences for such conduct. An effective consequence might be the loss of a favorite toy for a few days. You must be consistent with your discipline, or your child will realize the punishment was a one-time occurrence. Be sure to reward your child when he completes a day without whining or tantrums. Make sure he knows that his good behavior is the reason for the treat. If your child exhibits setbacks, be patient. He will eventually realize that being well behaved produces positive reinforcement from you. For additional information on dealing with tantrums

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