Babies can be stressful. They cry. They get irritated. It can be hard to figure out why.
Stress is a leading reason why people shake babies, resulting in the baby’s death or serious injury. If you ever feel overwhelmed with an infant, try these tips:
– Realize it’s normal for babies to cry. It’s ok to set them inside their cribs, where they’re safe, and take a break for a few minutes.
– Find creative ways to soothe your baby, like dancing or singing.
– Get as much sleep as you can. Sleep when they sleep. Or take nap turns with your partner.
– Kelley Parris, The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County