I signed up for Text4Baby about 4 months ago. I have been receiving weekly texts on infant care. I find the information up to date and excellent for new or pregnant mothers.
For my "1 month old baby" I received this text: "A crying baby can stress you out. Need a break? Put your baby in a safe place to cry and ask for help. Watch this video for more ideas: text4b.org/094."
Since this doesn't work as a link, here is what you would learn when going to the link on text4baby.org:
All babies cry and some cry more than others. It's important to respond quickly when your baby cries during the first few months of life. Don't worry about spoiling your newborn baby. If you respond quickly to your baby's cries, she may cry less overall.
If your baby cries often, it doesn't mean you're a bad parent. It can be very frustrating, as you get to know your baby, you'll learn how much crying is normal for her and what you can do to help.
Here are some tips to try and help baby if she is crying:
- Check to make sure she isn't hungry.
- Check to make sure she has a clean diaper. If not, change it.
- Look for signs of illness or pain. Check for a fever over 100.4 degrees
- Rock or walk baby.
- Sing or talk to the baby.
- Offer her a pacifier or a toy.
- Take her for a ride in a stroller.
- Take her for a ride in the car. Be sure baby is secured in the car seat.
- Swaddle baby by wrapping her snugly in a receiving blanket.
- Play soft music.
- Hold baby close to your body. Breathe calmly and slowly.
- If nothing else works, put baby in her crib on her back, close the door and check on him in 10 minutes.
If your baby cries longer than usual and nothing you do soothes him, call your baby's health care provider to see if she's sick. If she pulls up her legs or passes gas often, she may have colic (intense crying for more than 3 hours a day).
NEVER shake your baby. If you begin to feel very frustrated, call a friend or relative for help. Not only does this give you a break, but having a new face can sometimes calm your baby.
Watch this video for more ideas on how to help a crying baby.
I have been watching all the accompanying videos and reading all the accompanying information and find it all appropriate and useful for new moms so I am sharing this resource here at text4baby.org sponsored by the March of Dimes. Also you don't have to download the App to receive the texts. I didn't download the app. I just signed up and have been receiving useful texts weekly.