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Tips and tricks on setting the mood with your baby!Babies get tired and worn out just as much as adults do, but unlike us, they can’t tell you what they need to do to relax! Many babies can become unsettled late afternoon early evening and feeding or sleeping don’t seem to work, Maybe it’s their way of telling us they’ve done enough today? If you’re sure it’s not one of the basic cries (hungry, sleepy or nappy) it might be they’re simply over stimulated and they need some quiet time. Try our suggestions below at the same time every day, as baby will learn that they signal “quiet time”.
- Musical magic: Try getting in the habit of playing easy listening music at the end of a busy day. It doesn’t have to be classical music or “baby” music something you like would be ideal. Humming or singing the same song is also a great trigger.
- Dim the lights: Pulling down the blinds, turning on lamps and turning off the main lights is another signal to baby that it’s quiet time.
- Get cosy: Use soft blankets, cushions, and teddy bears and get down on the floor with baby. Play quietly with the soft toys together or just chat about what you can see around you.
- Books: Reading to and with baby is lovely as your voice (their favourite sound!) becomes rhythmic and relaxed when you read.
- Change the tone: Your voice is a good indicator to baby of the mood around them so when your voice is calm and soft, baby will respond the same way.
- Bubbles: there is nothing like the wonder of tiny floating bubbles to encourage peace and tranquillity in a baby.
- Clear the room: Try to spend quiet time away from distractions. Moving to a different room can work well. If siblings want to join in, encourage them to have quiet time as well.