Baby has virtually all the emotions which we have; they feel sad, happy, angry, frustrated, they want your attention; but they have only one way of communicating with you and that is crying. If the baby cries the moment you put her to bed but calms down in your arms or in your lap; then in all probability baby is fine. Because if baby is seriously hungry, no matter what you do, she/he will not stop crying unless feeding is given.
Tips for comforting a crying baby
Offer a feeding.
Change the diaper (look for urine and motion, whether baby is wet).
Sleeping or fatigue, child might get cranky. Goes to sleep when you put her back.
Hold, swaddle and rock the baby (NEVER SHAKE the baby). Sometime baby just want to be in your arms and seeking your attention.
Change the noise level of surrounding i.e. if quiet room can play some music.
Darken the room and reduce stimulation.
Just take the child to open area for fresh air i.e. balcony or for a walk.
If baby still does not calm done and crying, better take the child in your car for a drive (most of the kids of this generation love the long drive); but if still baby is crying, change the direction of your car and drive to hospital and meet pediatrician/ child specialist in hospital.
Most important thing is to try to relax, it happens with absolutely every parents once in a while that baby give you sleepless night.
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Feeding your little angels can be a big headache and a daily struggle for most of the parents. But with proper approach and patience, it can be done.
Ten salient things which can help you get over it are
Do not force child to eat. You should respect your child’s appetite. If baby is not hungry do not push for it. Do not bribe your child. Give small portion of feeds and gradually increase the serving size.
Make a routine and try to stick to it. It helps as child knows that its meal time now and baby is mentally prepared and less anxious.
It takes time for child to accept new food. Gradually introduce new food, one by one. Books say baby might take 20 times before he or she starts liking that particular food. Introduce one food at a time.
Make meal time more fun. Cut fruits and vegetable in different shapes and sizes. Even shape of roti can be made like his/her favorite animal. Or can put sauce in various shapes.
Take your child for grocery shopping with you and ask him to pick and choose what fruit or vegetable he wants to eat in his meals. It will help as child will be very happy to be part of decision making. (obviously holds true only for slightly elder kids)
Lead by example. Eat variety of healthy foods yourself, child will follow you soon.
Minimize distractions. (There should be no room for TV or other electronic gadgets in dinning space).
Do not offer outside food as a reward (A visit to local McDonald outlet should not be a reward or party for something good your child has achieved). By doing this child start thinking that junk food is very good as it is offered as reward.
Always watch your child when he/she is eating. It is safe that way (to prevent choking in small kids) and children feel happy to share time with parents.
In case you think that growth and development of your child is not appropriate for his/her age or you have any doubt (or any queries regarding food allergies), its best to consult your child doctor.