Quick Change Baby

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Does it seem like your baby’s mood can change in a nanosecond? You’re not imagining things. Even a relatively mellow baby like Veronika can go from perfectly content to fussy in a moment, and every parent needs to be prepared for these occasions.

After you’ve ruled out the obvious – a hungry baby, a diaper change – sometimes a baby just needs a quick change of pace. Today, I focused on strategies for when these moments strike. Here she is happy one minute…

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…and oh no, cranky the next!

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My first go-to strategy is animal pictures. Veronika loves gazing at animals, so her Ranger Rick Cub magazine is perfect. If I open to one of the pages, she instantly calms.

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Second, find out what toys are your child’s favorite, and have those on hand. A cozy, favorite seat helps too. Today, Veronika got a little overstimulated watching her brother use a tracing toy…

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…but between this swing and her beloved “Joanna Banana,” she was suddenly all smiles.

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Uh oh, here she is getting fussy during tummy time.

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And when she’s really fussy, that’s when I call in the troops (Travis that is!). Big siblings have a knack for getting smiles out of babies when no one else can. A little dance and some soothing music (yes, that’s Mozart’s Symphony #40 you hear) might just do the trick.

In sum, pay attention to your child’s triggers, and be one step ahead. Armed with just a few things that can calm baby fast, you’ll outscam that quick change baby every time.

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