How do I Overcome My Baby’s Fussiness
It is not unusual for babies to become fussy at night. You see, a baby’s fussiness may occur between 6 and 10 in the evening. For my baby, sometimes, it lasts the entire time. Often, I call my baby’s protest as the “Witching Hour.” Some mums may be so lucky that they did not experience the witching hour. However, I am one of those mums who lacks sleep at night and feel so tired the day after because I was struggling with my baby’s fussiness.
When I say witching hour, I mean that my baby is having an unexplained prolonged fussing, crying, and distressing almost every evening. It certainly was not easy for us, first-time parents. Regularly, as the clock strikes around 6PM, my baby would end up crying endlessly up until two hours or more.
But then, it turns out that I am not the only one experiencing the witching hour. In fact, most parents just have different methods of coping up with their baby’s fussiness. After all, this is just a normal phase of a child’s growth and development. But, yes, we cannot deny the fact that this is a very emotional and stressful stage, especially for mums like me.
My Baby’s Witching Hour Schedule
My child’s fussiness regularly starts at around 6 in the evening and it usually halts at around 8 to 9 P.M. I noticed that my baby’s witching hour began when she was only 2 or 3 weeks old. I have observed that the witching hour becomes worse as she’s growing older. Its peak is when she was just six weeks old. After her third month, my baby’s witching hour slowly disappeared. Thus, you need to consider your child’s due date and not just your kid’s date of birth, especially for expecting mothers. However, you must take note that we may not have the same experience. It may appear to true to some. However, not all mums experience this stage.
The Cause of My Baby’s Fussiness
As my baby did undergo such period, I’ve noticed that there is no known cause of my child’s witching hour. However, I had formulated some theories about its origins as a mum. I’ve come into predictions that it may be because of insufficient milk supply, especially that I am breastfeeding my baby, or it may be because of my child’s constant wetting of diapers, especially her cloth diapers. However, both of my theories may have some gaps in between them. You see, formula fed kids also experience such stage and not all infants undergo such period. Thus, the right thing to say here is that we do not have any clue why this incident happens in our babies.
Wise Fixes for My Baby’s Fussiness
When I realised that my baby’s constant irritability and sleeplessness might have unknown causes, I have collected some of the most practical and smart ways to alleviate it. Since the witching hour may not fade as easily as I desire, I have to find the means to soothe my baby. I’ve discovered that these ways are effective for my child. As I’ve thought that the fuss was because of my kid’s milk supply. I try to cluster feed. I’ve done this when my baby feeds continuously at certain periods of the day. I’ve begun cluster feeding mostly in the evening. It is very applicable to cluster feed your baby, especially when he or she experiences the witching hour.
Also, I’ve observed that when feeding is not the problem, I choose to go into another method. I try to swing her gently back and forth close to my body. At times, I would put her in a baby sling or a swing to soothe her. Other times, I would distract her from going outside while gently swaying her. Moreover, the last resort for me is to massage my baby gently. I’ve learned how to give her a gentle massage. However, you must remember that some methods applicable to my baby may not apply to your child. It is best that you formulate some of the soothing techniques on your own. Take note, as a mum; you know your baby very well than any other people out there.
Other Wise Ways
If your little one is experiencing the witching hour and you are stressed out about it, you have to make sure that you find the solutions that are wise for you and your baby. We need to deal with it with our practical and ingenious methods. If you don’t feel like getting your baby out of the crib and reinforce his or her crying, then you do not have to worry about it. Each and every one of us experienced this frustration too.
However, because we are mums who care for our babies, we need to find ways to lessen our baby’s irritability. Moreover, if your child endlessly cries, you do not want to leave your kid in the crib while weeping. You see, I’ve noticed that crying out is a process to teach my baby of soothing herself. However, if the crying goes out of control, you may interfere and try to lessen the fussiness to decrease the stress it puts on your whole family.
This Post was wrote by Sarah Morgan. A sister, a daughter, a wife, but most especially a mother. Being a mother makes me realize that life is a great adventure. No day is always the same, which makes every day so much more exciting. You can read more of Sarah’s writing at Wellbeingkid.com