Photo by MOMICA
Photo by MOMICA
As a Toddler Mom, my life is all about the whining right now. It's been a few years since I've had to deal with an inconsolable infant, but, boy, are those days still fresh in my mind!
Both of my babies had acid reflux, and despite nursing, swaddling, pacifiers, rocking and everything else I did, they cried ALL DAY LONG. Half the time the crying intensified when I held them -- a lot of the time they clearly did not want me to do that.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, worked. And I was stressed to the max. Some days, in tears, I'd call my husband at work begging him to come home and relieve me.
I'm not sure how I survived, but I did. Recently, an anonymous mom in Answers asked other moms what they do to de-stress and keep a cool head when dealing with an inconsolable baby. Here are some of their answers:
-- Put your baby in a safe place (crib, playpen). It's better to step away than be frustrated and raise both of your stress levels. -- anonymous
-- When my lil guy cries and I can't figure out what to do with him, I sometimes jump in the shower and put him in his bouncer in the bathroom with me (the steam calms him down). -- Zacherysmommy08
-- I laid my 4 month old in his crib, gave him a binkie and a kiss, closed the door, and went outside to have a smoke. -- SamanthaAgain
-- I would dance around in the kitchen to feel goofy. That should relive some stress. Do some sit-ups or push-ups -- anything to push you to your limits on SOMETHING else! -- HottMamaRossx2
-- Try a sling or baby wrap that might help your baby feel close to you. Your hands are free to do what you need to do during the day. -- abellvalerie
-- I found myself crying a lot. But walking away is the best thing to do. -- Morgan.
-- A white noise maker -- for you! We bought the Obus Forme Sound Therapy at Walmart for $20. It saved us! And ear plugs till we found the noise maker -- anonymous
++What do you do to chill out when dealing with a crying infant?