These methods for soothing are for babies who don't care for silence. This works for babies who can sleep through a shootout on TV, yet are startled by a creak from the floorboard. They like it loud. I've got a baby with just that personality. In some ways it's great. Turn on the TV, turn on the radio, no worries about breaking the snooze. But it's not so great at night, when we grown folks like it quiet in the house so WE can sleep. So here are three ways to compromise with your little one. Two methods that are good for day and one that everyone can agree on at night.
Your baby is probably starting to drool quite heavily. Some people will mistake this for teething, though that process normally won't start for at least a couple of months yet, but the drooling can be quite messy. It's time to break out the bibs. You more than likely received at least a couple of these as gifts, those little soft bibs that don't look like they'd be very effective at dealing with a bigger mess-not the larger, terry cloth ones that are used for older children as they start eating. You'll find that your son's or daughter's outfit will get quite damp, if not downright wet, throughout the day if it is not protected with a bib.
And here's a little bit of information that you probably didn't know-your baby's drool coats toys and any other thing that goes into his or her mouth with disease-preventing proteins. That's a good thing, as everything ends up in children's mouths right up through toddlerhood. It is also being discovered that our children's natural immunities are being compromised by our obsession with making sure that everything is 'hospital clean and sanitized' when it comes to our babies. Common sense is the rule here. No, you don't want your child gumming the handle on the shopping cart unless it has been well disinfected (Yuck!), but disinfecting the pacifier or toys every time they hit the ground at home is not a necessity.
Create a Road Read Routine: Infants are indeed creatures of habit and any major or minor change to their daily schedule can make them, and therefore you, miserable. It's impossible to keep an identical routine while you're on the road, but you can do a few things to help them adjust. Create a daily trip routine and try your best to stick with it. The more predictable their day is the happier they are. Allowing them eat, play, and sleep according to a schedule will calm their fears and anxieties.
Feed Him! We usually bring a ziploc bag of assorted snacks he can feed himself while we eat. These include puffs, cheerios and yogurt melts. He loves feeding himself and this keeps him occupied for most of the time we eat.
Make sure he naps before going out. This one is critical to a successful night out. A cranky baby is no fun, especially out in a public sit down restaurant. We always make sure he either has taken a nap before leaving or allowing him enough time to take a short nap in the car.
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