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  We have been having new blessings of pregnant mom's so... therefore, I will post some tips for the new mom's who might need some tips, here are some new ones.

How to comfort a crying baby.....

   All babies cry. And at about two weeks of age, it is common for babies to develop a fussy period in the evening that can last for as long as two hours.

If your baby becomes fussy try some of the following techniques, or perhaps a combination of them, to soothe your baby. As you offer comfort, pay attention to what your baby is trying to tell you. Through trial and error, and with loving patience, you'll soon figure out together which soothing methods work best for your little one.

 Here are some techniques to try:

 New Positions

  • Hold your baby facedown over your forearm with his head at your elbow and your thumb and fingers wrapped around his thigh.
  • Hold your baby seated in your hand with his back to your chest and your other hand across his chest, wrapping your thumb and fingers around his upper arm.
  • Hold your baby high over your shoulder so his stomach is being pressed into your shoulder bone.
  • Cradle your baby in your arms, holding him tummy-to-tummy tightly against you.
  • Rhythmic Motion

    Babies are most comforted at a pace of 60 times each minute, so try these methods:

  • Walking around.
  • Rocking vertically by doing deep-knee bends.
  • Swaying side to side or back and forth while standing up.
  • Rocking back and forth in a comfortable rocking chair.
  •  Soothing Sounds

  • Speak reassuring words in a soft, low voice.
  • Hum and sing familiar songs you enjoy.
  • Make a tape recording of a dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner or clothes dryer to let your baby hear repeated swooshing sounds. A fan or humidifier in the baby's room can sometimes do the trick, as can a radio tuned to the static between stations.
  • Play classical, new age, soft rock or soft jazz music. No heavy metal, It makes babies nervous.

    Warmth

  • Swaddle your baby tightly in a receiving blanket.
  • Hold your baby close to you so she can receive your warmth.
  • Put a heating pad in your baby's sleep area to warm the sheets before putting her down. Take out the heating pad and check the temperature of the sheets to be sure they're comfortably warm.
  • Lay your baby facedown over a wrapped hot-water bottle on your lap.

    Touch

  • Firmly but gently massage your baby's back from the neck down to his bottom.
  • Firmly pat or rub your baby on his back and bottom.
  • In a warm room, lay your baby on a firm surface and gently massage his tummy with clockwise strokes. If you think his discomfort may be resulting from gas, this can help move down the gas. Then gently press his knees into his abdomen to push out the gas.
  • Hold your baby face down over your forearm with his head at your elbow and your thumb and fingers wrapped around his thigh.
  • Hold your baby seated in your hand with his back to your chest and your other hand across his chest, wrapping your thumb and fingers around his upper arm.
  • Hold your baby high over your shoulder so his stomach is being pressed into your shoulder bone.
  • Cradle your baby in your arms, holding him tummy-to-tummy tightly against you.

      Side Note;Thanks to ivillage for the useful information.

    Ivillage is a great resourse for parents of all stages. Press the pink link to go there.

  • Bible Quote: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.(kjv)

  • My prayer for the new parent(s).

  •  Lord please help our new parents to learn patience, love, and understanding, May they learn how to train your child in the way you want them to. Give them guidence and understanding through your word and know that trials may be pleanty, but you Lord will be with them, and will take them by the hand and will care for them. Thank you Lord for all the blessings you can bestow on our parents and parents-to-be.With much love, your child ...Stephanie 

    FOR THE OLDER CHILDREN.... THE TERRIFIC 2'S AND UP!

    How To Diffuse A Tantrum?                               

    The next time your butting heads with your child try diffusing the anger and yes make them laugh. I find this works for me.(Some times) Act goofy- Kids love to see their parents act like a dog. Get on all fours and pant like a dog or bark, make them think your a dog try to play pick up a toy and bring it to them like a dog. hey might not be hygienic but hey it's worth the smile. Tickle them or tickle yourself hey what's more fun then try to tickle yourself get them involved.                                                                

  • Trouble With Bath Time?                                           

    For kids that hate bath time, get lots of toys or hey join them if you can, this is a good bonding mommy and child time. If they refuse to get into the tub try holding them upside-down and shouting out water themed songs like splish splash I was taking a bath as you head toward the tub. Have a water hunt prepare bath ahead of time with lots of bubbles and hide certain toys that can be air dried over night. Let them know you hid some toys and are going on a hunt. Shout out the toy and make it fun as they are scrambling to get it.Great with siblings.                       

    Have Picky Eaters ?                                                      

    Try fun play on words. Like instead of : Eat your broccoli!

    Try nonsense rhyme like Eat your broccoli moccolli please! Or make faces with the food to make it more appetizing to them or let them help.                                 

    If your arguing try role-playing- try acting out with stuffed animals and using silly voices and funny actions this will help diffuse their anger and your frustration and end up laughing with possibly a solution.                                    

    You know it helps also to pray together and ask the Lord to help you to understand each other. Always try to hug and give kisses after and argument. If it's a younger child remember kneel to their level when asking them to do something, having a discussion. It's intimidating when your towering over them and arguing.                                      

    As a child even the little praises on the smallest of accomplishments is a huge thing to them. This also works on the older child, They may say it's stupid but really they love hearing it.Set up schedules for all children if they have chores. make sure even parents are on the schedule. They need to know they aren't the maids around the house. Get fathers involved! I know it's hard but have their chore be to do the lawn every other week or help the older child and work as a team. This promotes bonding and opens up an avenue for talking about their issues.   

    Remember: In all the things we do, always give thanks to our lord for giving us these little jewels from heaven, and remember what it was like to be a child ourselves. May God bless your house and family !                                                

    More tips and issues to follow soon. Have ideas or  subjects that you need help with? Have any suggestions to give? Contact Stephanie Johnson @                           Kidmom@msn.com and I'll help find the answer for you.