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Babies aren’t complex in their needs. If they’re crying then they’re after one of these things:
Check these things in order and they generally will sort themselves out.
Breast feeding is basically a full time operation in the beginning so expect to do all of the house work and for things to slip a little in that regard.
Sleep train kiddo early, get them used to a pitch black room with white noise (Thoroughly recommend the hairdryer sound from this app it got our both our babies sleeping through within a few months) but consistency is key here, go to bed the same time, get up at the same time, get a solid bedtime routine.
Honestly the new born phase kinda sucked, there were some nice times (like when they fell asleep on me) but it was few and far between, the rest was crying and feeding and pooping and exhaustion. But after a few months you’ll get smiles then crawling then walking then talking and it all happens so fast that you’ll quickly forget the horrible stuff.
Just be present and don’t be afraid, learn to do things like changing nappies (or diapers) early and take as much of the burden away from your wife as you can.
I use White Noise Baby Sleep Sounds
it can replicate a bunch of different fans, motors, environmental noises, mothers shushing, water flows, a cat purring, trains, planes, white/pink/brown/blue noise, etc. You can select one or mix any number of them together.
The white noise machine we use in my son's nursery has "whiter"? (is that a thing?) noise than the app I've been using when we travel with him. I find white noise mixed with vaccume sounds closer to what the sound machine produces. I personally just tell my google home to play ocean sounds because I prefer it over white noise.
Wife and I use This white noise generator which calms the little one down when shes having a bit of a cry. Quite helpful when shes crying because she's tired but won't settle.
I also let her play with This sensory game, but that will be for a bit later, she only started responding to it around 11 weeks old.
Sure but they require internet connection, they consume storage space and, higher battery usage
All the options you mentioned and muchy more, I found on this app
For me, I always have this LectroFan machine running to drown out the sound of my neighbor arguin with his strung out ex.
When their 3 year old starts screaming at the top of her lungs at 2am, I pop on this app with Bluetooth headphones.
We used this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amikulich.babysleep (hope that link works, it's just a free one with good selection of sounds) and car, waterfall and shushing worked magically on our first baby to stop her crying and send her to sleep. You have to play it louder than the crying to begin with so they can hear it, then you can turn it down. I used to tuck my phone into the side of the car seat with it playing, then I could bring her into the house without her waking up too. 100% recommend, and if it doesn't work on this second baby I will be devastated.
We used this app with both of ours, the hairdryer sound specifically. Used consistently it’ll help them sleep up to 12 hours.
The thing about sleep training is that you have to be extremely consistent with your routines, keep it very dark (as in you can’t see your hand in front of your face) and use loud white noise - much louder than you think, chopping and changing between things won’t really help.
At 4 weeks old you can't really circumvent it, they're too young for "cry it out" so you have to deal as best you can.
Best things you can try:
- White noise - we find the hairdryer sound from White Noise Baby Sleep Sounds app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amikulich.babysleep&hl=en_US) to be the best, but try a few and see what works for you.
- Make bedtime as dark as you can - we're talking full black out curtains with no leakage, you shouldn't be able to see your hand in front of your face.
- When in doubt change the bum - our little girl will usually stop crying if we take her nappy off.
- Routine, routine, routine - try and keep as many things the same as you can every night.
- Get a yoga ball! - our son would love to just be bounced up and down on a yoga ball for hours at a time, good exercise too.
- Distract then with this video - https://youtu.be/8DILz54aYFU
- Good naps in the day = better sleep at night
- Accept that right now it sucks, but it will get better!
I actually kinda hated the new born stage, they're boring and just take everything from you and without giving anything back.
Our youngest is now 4 months and she's starting to become much more interesting, she's discovered her hands, she smiles, she's trying to roll and will move her feet when I try to walk with her between my legs, you can play peek-a-boo and tickle her and she'll actually respond.
Our 2 year old is even more fun, exploring words and puzzles and games and bugs and trains and spinning around and everything is amazing all the time!
So yea, you might kinda hate them right now, but stick with it, they'll love you for it.
There are apps for that. We found this one to be pretty effective https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amikulich.babysleep
White Noise machine
Lots and lots of exorcise.
It helps me.
there are various apps
im partial to this one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amikulich.babysleep
for whatever reason, i like the 'car ride' one best
Give this one a try! There are a ton of different sounds.
Probier mal diese App, die Kinder schlafen damit prima :)
Die nennt sich "weißes rauschen für baby schlaf" wir nutzen die seit 9 Monaten und sind sehr zufrieden.
I use this app on android it works really well aircon noise app
Give this a try, set playback for infinite