This tip was taught to us by a psychotherapist we worked with years ago and is a fab coping technique for any new mamma with a baby that’s prone to having a good old scream up!
Babies cry for many, many reasons and whilst we want to hold and reassure them whilst they are crying, sometimes the sheer volume can make our blood pressure soar and rattle our brains. Such loud noises can leave us feeling very frazzled and anxious. As if this wasn’t bad enough, new mums hormones are such that we are on near-constant, “red alert” during those early postnatal months. Our sensory input is so acute that a crying baby will often sound much louder to a new mum than it would to a non-hormonal postnatal bystander (which explains why partners can often seem much calmer when trying to settle baby).
The answer… minimise the noise by wearing ear plugs! Sounds crazy at first, but try it, it really works. Pop the ear plugs in and you can still rock, cuddle and walk around with baby, tending to little one and holding them until they settle, but without the same volume of noise. Using earplugs reduces the volume going in and the stress reaction this causes, helping you stay calmer – which will in turn help baby to settle quicker! Simple, but SO effective.
Let us know how you get on with it!