Different Ways of Providing Comfort to a Baby

 

When it comes to dressing up a new born baby or a toddler,comfort should be the first and most important thing to take into consideration. While some adults are willing to make sacrifices for the sake of fashion by wearing uncomfortable shoes or clothing items, baby shouldn’t have to do the same. Besides clothing, there are many other instances where babies require comfort or seek comfort for example, newborns need to sleep in a comfortable environment, they need to be held, they need to be breastfed so they can fall asleep and many other things. There are several ways you can provide comfort to your baby and steps you can take to make sure you are doing it the right way.

Elastic Clothing

For babies it’s better to have clothing that are stretchy or have elastic for easy wearing and taking off. When a baby’s clothing has a zip or hard buttons it serves as a source of discomfort to the baby. Parents should only get baby clothes that are soft and comfortable with elastic bands in the waist area. For accessories, parents should get very comfortable accessories like Stretchy Headband Bows. This will ensure the comfort of the baby and are still stylish so the baby looks dressed up, stylish, comfortable and happy.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding calms a child and can even help your child handle stress better when not breastfeeding. Many moms breastfeed their baby just to provide comfort to the baby or speed up the baby’s falling asleep and not necessarily because the baby is hungry. Some mothers feel guilty about doing this but there’s no reason to feel guilty as its a normal, healthy, and appropriate thing to do. Most babies nurse to sleep and wake 1-3 times during the night for the first year or so. Some babies don’t do this, but they are the exception, not the rule. Many children, if given the choice, prefer to nurse to sleep through the second year and beyond. Breastfeeding is obviously designed to comfort and help a child sleep. Breastmilk also contains sleep-inducing hormones, amino acids, and  nucleotides, whose concentrations are higher during the night and may actually help babies establish their own sleep rhythm. If breastfeeding your child to sleep and/or nursing your child for comfort is working for a mom and her family, that’s all that really matters! Breastfeeding is not only nourishing; it’s also nurturing.

Pacifiers

Many parents love to use pacifiers to comfort their kids. However, it’s recommended that pacifiers and other types of artificial nipples be avoided for at least the first 3-4 weeks. Some mums replace comforting their babies by breastfeeding with pacifiers instead. However, some babies would be better off without a pacifier until the mom’s milk supply is well established (6-8 weeks, usually) and the 6-week growth spurt is over. That way the parent has established a good milk supply and won’t lose any much-needed breast stimulation to a pacifier.

There are studies that indicate that babies who take a pacifier tend to wean earlier than those who do not. This is most likely because as a baby gets older and has been established on solid food, it is often the baby’s desire to suck that ensures he continues to seek out the breast often. Babies who use pacifiers are getting that need to suck met with something other than the breast, and therefore may decide to give up breastfeeding sooner than if they did not take a pacifier. However, parents must be very cautious as pacifiers can result in choking or strangulation if the pacifier breaks or if it is tied around the baby’s neck-which it never should be. Follow all safety guidelines and keep an eye out for the many pacifier safety recalls. Also, keep in mind that latex allergy is becoming an increasing problem so consider using a silicone pacifier rather than latex.

Swaddling

Swaddle blankets are very important for newborn babies. Swaddle blankets provide a familiar comfort to babies as they mimic the feeling of a cuddle or swaddle from being in the womb. Wrapping your baby in a swaddle blanket also helps keep the baby’s hand from waking the baby. Babies still have no full control of their reflexes and hands since in the womb they were basically floating around. So when a baby is asleep and not wrapped in a swaddle blanket, it can move its hands while sleeping giving it a feeling that it’s falling and hence waking the baby. This is why swaddle blankets are very important for newborns.  Go for a soft blanket that is lightweight and breathable, meaning your little one will stay comfy and cozy without overheating. Buy the blankets in a large size so they grow with your child.

Body Contact and Attention

Babies need body contact and constant attention in order to feel comfortable. When babies cry it’s because they want or need attention for something and sometimes what they need is just to help. It’s a biological need that is ingrained in a baby and is part of a parent’s natural instinct to respond. There are some people who say it’s better to let the baby cry out and not respond and that is a very wrong approach. In the early months of life, babies cannot verbalize their needs. To fill in the gap until the child is able to “speak our language,” babies have a unique language called “crying.” Baby senses a need, such as hunger for food or the need to be comforted when upset, and this need triggers a sound we call a cry. That faulty reasoning is placing an adult interpretation on a tiny infant. Also, babies do not have the mental acuity to figure out why a parent would respond to their cries at three in the afternoon, but not at three in the morning. The newborn who cries is saying: “I need something; something’s not right here. Please make it right.”  Not only is the cry a wonderful design for babies; it is a useful divine design for parents, especially the mother. When a mother hears her baby cry, the blood flow to her breasts increases, accompanied by the biological urge to pick up and nurse her baby. To nurse means to provide comfort not just breastfeeding. As an added biological perk, the maternal hormones released when baby nurses relax the mother, so she gives a less tense and more nurturing response to her infant’s needs. These biological changes – part of the design of the mother-baby communication network – explain why it’s easy for someone else to advise you to let your baby cry, but difficult for you to do. That counterproductive advice is not biologically correct.