Tips for fussy babies anyone?

United States
October 13, 2008 11:18am CST
Hi I have a son who is just 3 months old. The problem is that this little guy is never content with anything for to long. I am always holding him and seems to be the only way that I can keep him happy. I have tried gas drops, toys,and everything else under the son. I am even having to hold him right now as I type. What is the best way to deal with this because I need a break. I have three older children and none of them where this fussy all of the time.
2 responses
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Have you tried white noise? That is, the sound of the vacuum, dryer, something like that. It often helps calm fussy babies. Also, try a swing or a vibrating infant seat. Music can help. Try getting a baby gym, where he can lay under it and have toys over him to look at. Mirrors often capture babies' interest. He may even try to swat at the toys. If he is just a little fussy, it is ok to leave him for a few minutes, if you feel you need a break. Leaving him on his own for a few minutes at a time is actually very good for him and will help him learn to soothe himself. That is an important skill for babies to learn so they don't come to depend on you holding or entertaining them all the time. If all else fails, you could try a baby sling or carrier so you can carry him with you while keeping your hands free to do other things.
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have tried the vacuum cleaner and he does love it. But the vacuum can only be on for so long and I cannot concentrate with it on. It does work though. I have a vibrating bouncy seat,swing and every other contraption and toy that you can think of. He also has the gym over his head. Nothing seems to work and I find myself over worked and not being able to carry on with normal houshold duties. I have not tried the sling yet though. I will research them online and see about getting one for him . Thank you.
• United States
13 Oct 08
You're welcome. There are CD's available of white noise, or you could try CD's of nature sounds or rain forests. There are lots of choices. If you have cable or satellite TV, check the music channels. I have one that is really good that plays relaxing instrumental music.
@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have to be honest here. I have three children and I went out when my first one was born and bought a father backpack and turned it around and carried him in front on me and he remained there until he was about 6 or 7 months old. The same for my daughter. When my youngest was born it was 10 years later so I went out and bought another back pack. Nothing had changed. I guess I never gave my children the chance to be fussy. Let me explain. All my children were premature and would stop breathing so I was always scared to just lay them down.