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In touch with your baby during the 4th Trimester.

The Missing Fourth Trimester:

In many ways, our babies benefit from recreating the womb like atmosphere that they have been accustomed to for the last nine months. This helpful fourth trimester experience is comforting for calm babies, and essential for discontented ones! Infants and toddlers alike are calmed and soothed in much the same way. Exploring what works best for your child may take some time, be patient with yourself!


 Babies fuss and parents comfort. That's a realistic fact of new family life. It helps to understand what calms a baby and why. Most calming techniques involve at least one of these four interactions:

   Rhythmic motion

Soothing sounds

Visual delights and distractions

Close physical contact and touching

Visit the websites provided below for additional tips and techniques used when calming a FUSSY infant or toddler.

Try these ideas for calming your baby.


  • Shushing (using "white noise," or rhythmic sounds that mimic the constant whir of noise in the womb, with things like vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, clothes dryers, a running tub, or a white noise CD)


  • Side/stomach positioning (placing the baby on the left side - to help digestion - or on the belly while holding him or her, then putting the sleeping baby in the crib or bassinet on his or her back)



  • Swaddling (wrapping the baby up snugly in a blanket to help him or her feel more secure)


  • Swinging gently (rocking in a chair, using an infant swing, or taking a car ride to help duplicate the constant motion the baby felt in the womb)


  • Make sure your baby's basic needs are met (for example, he or she isn't hungry and doesn't need to be changed).


  • Check for signs of illness, like fever or swollen gums.


  • Rock or walk with your baby.


  • Sing or talk to your baby.


  • Offer the baby a pacifier or a noisy toy.


  • Take the baby for a ride in a stroller.


  • Hold the baby close against your body and breathe calmly and slowly.


  • Call a friend or relative for support or to take care of the baby while you take a break.


  • If nothing else works, put the baby on his or her back in the crib, close the door, and check on the baby in 10 minutes.


  • Call your child's doctor if nothing seems to be helping your infant, in case there is a medical reason for the fussiness.




Ask Dr. Sears about calming a fussy baby

GEO Cities Calming Techniques

Baby Zone Tips and Community Connections

Pioneer Thinking Calming Tips and Techniques

Parenthood Ideas for Calming a Fussy Baby

Bosom Buddies Calming Ideas


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The information contained on this website is designed for educational purposes only. The information is not meant to replace the recommendations or advice of your Doctor or Pediatrician. Please consult your care providers regarding you and your child’s  health care.


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