Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Constructing a Peaceful Home: 3 Noises that will Pacify Your Crying Baby

There are numerous ways that parents try to get their crying or fussy baby to settle down and fall asleep—patting their baby's back is a great option. Rocking their baby gently or giving their baby a nice calming bath is a great alternative too. But sometimes these common soothing methods just don't work and parents too begin to cry out of frustration. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you think you've exhausted all other options, one other method to look into (which has proven time and time again to be effective) is using the power of sounds to calm you baby—some experts even swear by it.  To learn about the various noises (aside from lullabies) that may just be able to put your new born at ease, continue reading below.

White Noise

In short, white noise is simply a constant neutral, sometimes "fuzzy" sounding noise that drowns out other noises, such as loud voices and ringing cell phones. It more or less is the sound your television makes whenever the cable gets disconnected and the screen turns to static—although it's not as obnoxious and babies find the sound quite hypnotizing. There are several ways that you can create white noise. The first is to purchase a white noise CD or find some free samples on YouTube, like this hour-long snippet found here.  Other household devices that also make the similar, monotonous white noise sound are: 

·         Washing Machines
·         Dishwashers
·         Vacuum Cleaners
·         Hairdryers
·         Fans (although their effect is typically not quite as effective)

But because constantly running the washing machine just so you can soothe your baby for example can be pretty pricey, it's recommended that you first experiment with various white noises first just to get a better feel for what works best for your child. Once you learn what settles down your baby, record the noise instead—that way you can play the white noise on demand and don’t have to waste your electricity and water.

It may sound odd, but most babies are soothed by the constant pulsating noise of a heartbeat. It makes perfect sense if you think about it—babies are used to hearing their mother's heartbeat while in the womb. The familiarity of the noise is like comfort-food to the ears for your baby. That said, try taking your child to a quite room and then place them really close to your beating heart. If that does not work, you can easily find samples of heart beats online, like this one and play it very loudly. Just make sure to shut off all other noises, so your baby can focus on the heartbeat.

Lastly, whispering is also another great way to soothe your baby because it's a great distraction—babies are not used to voices being in that low of a register and will most likely stop crying to focus on what you are saying/doing. So get extremely close to your baby's ear and begin to whisper loving words and phrases. Humming in a monotone note in your child's ear can have the same effective.

This is a guest post by Kristie Lewis from construction management degree. You can reach her at: Kristie.Lewis81 @ gmail. Com.

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