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Cranky Mommy Remedies

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

A while back when I shared 25 tips to soothe a fussy baby, one reader replied by asking “what about tips for a fussy mommy?”. While she was only (kind of) kidding, I think she was on to something; moms need some strategies for nurturing themselves too! So alas I offer you a few ideas of items to have on hand for when you are feeling grouchy yourself. These are all-natural, tried and true crabby mommy remedies. I know because I am a cranky mom who has benefited from the following:

Essential Oils – Aromatherapy can be very powerful in changing your mood! There are a variety of scents available to provide calming and relaxation such as lavender or sandalwood. You can use them in a number of ways from adding a few drops to a warm bath, spritzing them into the air, or using them for a massage (be sure to dilute them in a carrier oil). A little goes a very long way so one bottle of your favorite essential oil will likely last you a long time. If you don’t own any essential oils, please treat yourself to some! They are super multi-functional and highly effective…I suspect that you will love, LOVE using essential oils!

Tea- A hot cup of herbal tea can be instantly healing and soothing to one’s soul. Some teas such as chamomile are specifically intending for inducing calm and relaxation. The nice thing about tea is that is takes only a few minutes to make for yourself, but the effects of it can last a whole afternoon. When I start to feel edgy, a cup of tea can turn things around for me rather quickly. Try drinking a cup of herbal tea at the onset of a bad mood and see what it does for you. As the weather is starting to warm up, you may be less interested in hot drinks, which is another added bonus to tea…it’s delicious hot or cold.

Rescue Remedy – The first time I heard about Rescue RemedyI was very pregnant with my second son and feeling highly emotional like woman often do near the end of their pregnancy. The first time I tried using Rescue Remedy, I didn’t realize it was in a glass bottle and I broke it while trying to open the package. I looked at the brand new $20 broken bottle on the floor and my pregnancy hormones got the best of me…I started bawling. My oldest son (who was almost two at the time) sat down next to me and started crying too. So we sat there together crying for a bit until I finally decided I should probably clean the glass up. While my first attempt at using Rescue Remedy was not successful, it has since become a staple in our home. I use it during times of high anxiety, stress, or emotion for myself and/or the kids. What is it exactly? It is a flower essence blend of five individual flower remedies that help you cope during time of emotional imbalance. It comes in a liquid, cream, or edible form. I have a travel size bottle that I tuck into the front pocket of my diaper bag so it’s always readily available when needed.

What is in your mama care kit? Any special products, tools, or tips that you would recommend for dealing with a case of the crankies?

-Sarah

 

25 Tips for soothing a fussy baby

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Most of the time breastfeeding and/or babywearing are powerfully effective tools to comfort a fussy baby.  As a nursing mom, I rely pretty heavily on the magical power of milk to soothe my baby. Although there are times when baby is fussy and for whatever reason nursing doesn’t provide adequate comfort. On that rare occasion, I might feel at a loss of what to do to help soothe my baby. In the moment, while baby is crying/fussing it is often hard to think clearly and react efficiently. That’s when a little cheat sheet of tips, such as the one below, comes in handy; a list of tried and true ideas that are typically effective for soothing a fussy baby.

Photo courtesy of Jazmin.V Photography

1. Go for a car ride

2. Take a walk (in stroller or baby carrier)

3. Bounce on an exercise ball with baby in wrap or in your lap

4. Babywear while vacuuming (my floors were super clean when my second was a newborn because this was his favorite activity)

5. Swaddle baby

6. Give baby Rescue Remedy

7. Give baby a massage

8. Give baby a bath

9. Change baby’s diaper and/or clothing (something may be causing discomfort)

10. Sing to baby

11. Put on loud music

12. Rock baby in a rocking chair

13. Call in reinforcements. Sometimes having someone else hold baby is helpful in changing baby’s mood

14. Change of scenery. Go somewhere…anywhere. Give baby new surroundings/stimulation to attend to.

15. Use aromatherapy such as a few spritz of lavender in the air or drops of lavender in a bath

16. Provide baby with skin to skin

17. Go into a dark room with white noise (we have a noisy bathroom fan that my middle son liked as a little baby. Sometimes I would sit in the dark bathroom with the fan running while holding him)

18. Tell a story. Sometimes just the gentle sound of your voice can be calming

19. Do leg exercises to release baby’s gas

20. Burp baby. (I remember one time my first son was extremely fussy for about 20 minutes and suddenly he let out a huge burp and then he was fine)

21. Change baby’s position. If they have been upright in your arms for a while, try laying them down on their back or tummy.

22. Provide visual stimulation in high contrast colors such as a blanket or toy to look at.

23. Change temperature of the room or add/remove layers of clothing

24. Go outside. A breathe of fresh air can be very healing

25. Take a few deep breathes and as much as possible keep yourself calm. Baby will react to your energy. If you are feeling anxious, baby will too. If you remain peaceful, that message will be sent to baby and can have a calming effect.

What tip(s) do you have to add to the list? Would love to hear your tried and true baby calming techniques!

-Sarah