With five small children in the house, we have learned many ways of soothing our children. One day this week Candice got Nickalus out of bed after a nap and he was screaming and crying uncontrollably. He wouldn’t let go of his blanket, so she pulled him out, blanket and all. He wouldn’t take a pacifier or bottle of water, so when she brought him downstairs she stuck a chicken nugget in his mouth.
One thing we have learned about Nickalus is that he finds comfort in food, but Candice was still amazed that he stopped crying so fast. He immediately stopped wailing and sucked on the chicken nugget like it was a pacifier, while still clutching his blanket. He must have sucked on it for 10 minutes before eating it, plenty of time for me to take this picture:
This is meant as a humorous post, but if your child is soothed by food you might try something similar – just make sure you only give chicken nuggets to babies with teeth, Nickalus has 16 teeth now (he’s 19 months old).
We also use many types of wraps and baby carriers to soothe our babies (it’s like holding them but it’s not as tiring and you can have your hands free), like an ergo, a becko, a maytie, a moby wrap, a homemade sling, a maya wrap, rebozo, and a few more that I don’t remember the names of (we have a large collection). Mamatoto is a good resource if you want to learn about carrying babies – with two babies around I usually carry one on my back just to keep them out of trouble!