Baby Soothing Essentials
The womb is a very loud place and it is a big adjustment for babies to be brought to our “quiet and peaceful” world. White noise is considered one of the most effective ways to soothe and prolong your baby’s sleep. The noise of a fan, dishwasher or any object that produces static/vibration sounds can really calm and help your baby fall asleep. You can download white noise and nature sounds from a variety of websites and have them in your ipad, phones and MP3 players. Parents highly recommend "Baby Got Colic" (White Noise for Babies) that can be downloaded on iTunes and a video is available on YouTube.
Our recommendation. There are several sound machines that include white noises in the market. We particularly like the Sound Sleeper by Dexbaby that has 34 sound combinations, including sounds of the womb and the Sounds for Silence Nursery Sound Machine by The First Years which includes 6 white noises, 6 Mozart melodies for focus during feeding and massage, and MP3 hookup for custom music. We think it is important to have a sound machine that includes both womb sounds and white noise. Another great product in the market is the Super Soothing White Noise CD by the Happiest Baby. It is a great way to soothe your baby at home and in car.
PACIFIERSPacifiers soothe babies and help them fall asleep. Pacifiers are also a distraction for babies during stressful situations such as shots, car and plane rides (sucking on a pacifier also helps relief the altitude pressure in their ears during plane rides). Researchers have also found that the use of a pacifier is associated with a reduction in the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Crib soothers and mobiles have colorful lights, soothing melodies and nature sounds that engage babies and help them fall asleep. It is a great tool when transitioning babies from bassinets to cribs. They are helpful not only for the nightime routine but for also for naps.
Our recommendation. We like the Pond Symphony Crib Soother by Lamaze. It is a soft soother with colorful lights, classical melodies and nature sounds that also has the ability to be connected to an MP3 player for custom music (the lights dance to the beat of the music). And, it is child activated!
Baby wearing has been practiced for centuries all over the world. Baby carriers and slings are great bonding and soothing tools for caregivers. Your movement, the sound of your voice and heartbeat, and the warmth of your body have a calming effect on your baby.
Our recommendation. We like the Moby Wrap for its design and style. The Moby Wrap is designed to use your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby. It has no buckles or snaps. The style of the wrap ensures your baby is uniquely close, mimicking the natural way you hold your baby.