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“I was scared and worried,” says Ashley Michael. “My baby would not stop crying. It was late at night and I was so tired. He was getting on my nerves. Thank God we lived with my Mother-in-Law. She helped keep me calm and made me feel that everything would be fine. She was so kind and helpful.”
All babies cry. And at about two weeks of age, it is common for babies to develop a fussy period in the evening that can last for as long as two hours. Fortunately for Mrs. Michael it is a Chaldean tradition for a new mom to stay with her mother or mother-in-law after giving birth for a few months.
The reassurance, extra set of hands, and experienced advice can make all the difference. So can a number of these helpful tips given to www.CHALDEAN.org by experienced Chaldean moms on how to soothe a fussy baby. Try some of the following techniques, or perhaps a combination of them, to soothe your baby.
It goes without saying that moms should always check fussy babies and determine if they need to be changed, need to be fed, or are hurt and nursing an injury in some way. Just remember, when trying to comfort your baby pay attention to what your baby is trying to tell you. Through trial and error, and with loving patience, you'll soon discover together which soothing methods work best.
Mari Hanoodi, mother of six, says babies like to be warm and snuggled like they were in the womb. She suggests new Chaldean mothers try to:
Ibtissam Salem, mother of eight and grandmother of twelve, says soothingly touches help them relax. She suggests:
Amy Gessu, mother of three and singer in her church choir favors singing and speaking to the baby to help them relax. She recommends:
Movement and how you hold your baby is what mother’s Nehla Garmo, Christina Eisho, and Dalia Daoud suggest. They advise:
Perhaps these tips will help keep your fussy bundle of joy sleeping through the night. If Chaldean mothers reading this article have other tips, please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org.