The Crying Game

    It seems like a lot of people are having babies lately. Maybe it’s just the age bracket I have entered, but every time I talk to someone they tell me that someone we know is expecting. It’s fun to think about all of these people entering the new world of parenthood. They will be experiencing great moments like their baby’s first giggle, and some trying times as well. When my son was a few weeks old, he started to have unexplained fussiness between 4:00 and 7:00 each day. Dinner for my husband and I was non-existent. Instead, we spent those hours snuggling, swaddling, shushing, and trying everything possible to calm our baby down. He would just cry and cry for hours to no avail. The doctor called it “The Witching Hour”. He said that sometimes babies just fuss and cry for a phase like that and eventually work it out of their systems. And that’s exactly what happened.
    However, I found one particular resource very helpful. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. It is both a book and DVD. I watched the DVD and then put his tips too good use for those 3 hours each day. I have to say, some of it seemed a little strange (saying “Shhhh” very loudly into your baby’s ear), but a lot of it really calmed and soothed my child. I would suggest watching/reading it with your spouse or caregiver to get them on board too. The book and DVD also make a great gift if someone you know is having a baby.
    These days my son cries for more obvious reasons, like not wanting to wear a coat or because we can’t watch Caillou for 6 hours a day. Those newborn days seem like a long, long time ago. Now I enjoy giving helpful hints to friends and family members embarking on the journey of new parenthood.
    Do you have any advice or tips that work like magic on a fussy baby? Any good resources?


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  • I really love "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth. He has a practical approach that I personally love! PS-My kids still get kooky during the "witching hour"...

  • I think leaving the house, even though it seems impossible during that time helps. The babies like the white noise and change of scenery and the parents enjoy the fresh air.

  • In reply to bethprystowsky:

    Beth-that is a great suggestion! And it really works!

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