- Family and Parenting
Take Care Your Baby
0 - 6 Months
Your newborn cries to meet his basic needs, such as when he’s hungry. So, start feeding him before he starts to cry by looking out for sign like smacking his lips, rooting and putting his hands into his mouth.
Most babies are unable to put themselves to sleep, so they’ll fuss and cry when they get tired. To mimic the sensations he left in utero, try swaddling him so he’ll feel more secure, or use white noise and rock him gently.
Check that your baby’s comfortable by ensuring that the temperature isn’t too hot or too cold, his diaper isn’t dirty, or keep his skin irritation-free (such as from a scratchy stroller strap). Also read to him or stimulate him with a cot mobile.
Baby might have colic if he gets extremely fussy in the evenings. So, try colic drops and Gripe water, or see doctor to rule out other possible causes. This condition usually improves when your baby is between 3 and 4 months old.
6 – 12 months
Your mini-muncher’s first tooth may sprout at between 3 and 12 months, so she may seem shinier or be prone to bouts of crying.
Something hard to chew on, like a teething ring or a toy, is great for sore gums. A frozen washcloth – the icy cold provides a numbing sensation – also works.
At around 7 months, your baby starts to experience stranger anxiety – screaming when an unfamiliar person even come near. Embarrassing? Sure. But the ability to distinguish you from someone unfamiliar is a developmental leap forward.
If your sweetie is suddenly rousing in the wee hours at around 9 months when she used to sleep through the night, she could be hitting a major milestone – and practicing new skills such as standing or cruising in her mind. This should stop as soon as she masters the skill.
Your growing baby may cry when she’s frustrated at her inability to communicate or do something. So, teach her baby sign language (common ones are signs for milk or more) and say something like “lunch will be ready in five minutes”
12 - 18 Months
A junior reaches toddlerhood, you’ll find that he’ll get more vocal in his demands. But since he can’t articulate properly yet, it’ll manifest as more outbursts of crying.
Try responding quickly to your tot’s needs (and wants), even when the answer is “no”, to show him that you’re there for him. But don’t rewards whining by giving him what he want - it’ll only teach him that this is the best method of getting his way.
His outbursts are often triggered when he craves attention. You might notice him acting up when you’re on your mobile phone. Coincidence? Not quite. It’s likely that he’s trying to regain your attention as he’s noticed that it’s shifted.
Naps are still important for your sweetie, so don’t be surprised if he melts down when he’s over-tired. Create a dark and quiet environment in his bedroom that is conductive to napping. Most 12-18 months old just need one nap a day – if he refuses his, it could be that he’s over-tired.
18 Months and Above
Now your munchkin has started walking and perhaps even talking, she’s becoming more independent and may want to escape certain routines (bathtime, for one). She might start fussing and crying, so that she’ll delay something she does not want to do.
With the onset of the “terrible twos”, your tot can explode over wearing a particular T-shirt. Because your little girl has little or no sense of the future the tantrum erupts when she can’t deal with having to wait for what she wants.
Reassure your child and let her know you understand how she is feeling. Say thing like” I can see that you’re angry, but I will only be able to tend to your needs once you’ve calmed down.” After the tantrum, give her a cuddle and let her know that you love her, though you don’t like her behavior.
Choose your battles and don’t sweat the small stuff. Giving your child independence over small things lets her feel more in control, so she’ll be more flexible about things that do matter. Easing up over mismatched socks pales in comparison to rules like holding hands near the road.