Whenever your baby fusses or cries, try this simple strategy, which takes only a few seconds.Stop
. Remember that crying is your baby’s language.Listen
. What does this particular cry mean?Observe
. What is your baby doing? What else is going on?What’s Up?
Based on what you hear and see, evaluate and respond.
The word itself is a reminder not to rush in, and each letter helps you remember what to do.Stop.
Stand back and wait a heartbeat; you don’t have to swoop down and pick up your baby the moment she cries. Take three deep breaths to centre yourself and improve your own perception. It will also help you clear your mind of other people’s voices and advice, which often make it hard for you to be objective.Listen
. Crying is your baby’s language. This moment of hesitation is not to suggest that you should let your baby cry. Rather, listen to what he’s saying to you.
What is his body language telling you? What’s going on in the environment? What was happening right before your baby “said” something?What’s Up?
If you now put it all together—what you’ve heard and seen, as well as where your baby is in the daily routine—you will be able to figure out what she is trying to say to you.
Taken from The secrets of the Baby Whisperer.