15 Brilliant Ways to Calm Your Baby | Fit Pregnancy

15 Brilliant Ways to Calm Your Baby

Appealing to your cherub's sight, sound, taste, smell and touch can soothe your baby in the womb—and stop crying once she's a newborn.

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Your baby spent 40 weeks in a quiet, warm, dark womb, and suddenly emerges in a loud, bright, open world. (The guy with the camera! The lights! The booming voices!) Talk about a trippy transition. From her first day on Earth, your newborn is full-out using the senses that she developed in utero. The overwhelming onslaught of sights and sounds is more than enough to warrant some crying from your little blueberry.

However, researchers have found that by engaging baby's senses effectively during her first few months, you can bring her back to that mellow state of mind she enjoyed while cocooned in your tummy—and, in turn, instantly stop the waterworks. "It's an adjustment for an infant to get used to being outside the womb," says Lise Eliot, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience at Chicago Medical School and author of What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. "But babies adapt pretty quickly, especially when they experience sensations they've already been exposed to while in Mom's belly." Ready for the keys to quieting your baby's crying? Read on.

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