Newer swings not only move in a front-to-back motion, but also a side-to-side motion to mimic the motion of Mama's tummy. If your baby will only sleep in a swing, you'll want one with batteries for continual motion rather than the hand-cranking version. There are several portable models for on-the-go parents, too.
Sometimes babies get positional fatigue, meaning that they're tired of being in a fixed position. If your baby has been lying down or held in a front carrier for a while, try putting her in a bouncy seat for a change of scenery. Many seats come with a vibrating function that infants love, but avoiding turning on the annoying plinky music or flashing lights since they could cause overstimulation and exacerbate fussiness.
Researchers have found that babies will breathe in time to music they enjoy—and they can remember and prefer music heard before birth over a year later. While some studies tout the benefits of classical music, any soothing songs will do. You can buy a lullaby CD or just turn the radio to a soft rock or easy listening station. Not only will baby go to sleep, he may wake up a little smarter, too.
Sounds that mimic the whooshing sounds of the womb have a calming effect on baby, making him feel right at home. You can purchase white noise CDs, teddy bears that make womb noises, or an inexpensive floor fan. Or, simply run the vacuum cleaner in the hallway outside the nursery in a pinch.
Glider or rocker
If Mom is relaxed, her baby will calm down, too. Gliders and rockers offer fussy little ones two of their favorite activities: rocking and snuggling with a loved one. Turn off the lights, place your baby on your chest, and rock until you're both drowsy and happy.
While colored butterflies circling overhead nearly hypnotize some babies into sleep, all that color and movement cause stimulation in others. Try a mobile and see how your baby responds. No need for stark black and white mobiles to make your baby smarter—any kind of mobile will do.
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