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Soothing a baby: finger sucking and more

Soothing a baby: finger sucking and more

Sucking is a healthy, self-comforting behavior for newborns. A three-week-old baby will resort to sucking her own fingers – or yours – as a way of calming herself when she's upset or trying to settle down. You can help your baby master this skill by leaving her hands bare (no mitts or covers), wrapping her up with her hands near her face, and putting a rolled-up hand towel or receiving blanket behind her shoulders to help round them forward when she's in her infant seat.

Baby carriers and swings to the rescue!
One thing babies this age have in common all over the world is the tendency to build up to an afternoon or evening crying session. This crying doesn't mean that your baby is missing something, or that you're doing anything wrong; it's caused by her maturing nervous system. Of course, knowing that may not help when you're listening to your baby wail. Try to stay calm. Rock, swaddle and sing to your baby. Carry her in a baby carrier during the day – it can reduce the duration of the crying later on – and try putting her in a swing; the motion can often help quiet a distressed baby.

FYI: At this age, babies are demanding, so it can be a particularly hard time for you. Lack of sleep and big changes in the old routine can hit parents very hard. Hang in there! Try to think of this as a brief extension of your pregnancy. Rest when your baby sleeps, and be sure to eat regularly.  

 

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Thumb Sucker

4/26/2016
I love watching my baby girl suck her thumb. She looks so cute & instantly calms down.

32 Year Old Thumb Sucker

4/10/2016
Fingers crossed she's not like one of her relatives.

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Leslie 4/4/2016
Thank you Saved

Baby carrier

4/1/2016
my baby wants me to carry him all the time so I use the baby carrier to prevent back pain.

FISTS OVER PACIFIERS

ABBY 3/31/2016
My 3 month old had definitely found her hands. So much so, that she prefers to suck her fists rather than the pacifier. At first, it was hard to differentiate whether or not she was hungry or self soothing. I don't mind her sucking her fists, but I do deter her from sucking on fingers.