Baby Basics: Feeding and Soothing

These tips will teach you how to feed little ones and turn that frown upside-down.

Feeding Time

For bottle-feeding, hold the child up at a 45-degree angle and give them a bottle that is positioned horizontally – this way, the nipple will only be half full and won’t gush into the baby’s mouth. After the feeding, take care to burp the baby. Hold her on your shoulder with a blanket or spit-up cloth underneath her, and pat her back until she is able to burp out some of the air that she swallowed while feeding. If a baby is eating solids and the parents would like you to feed him, you should feed him while he’s sitting in a sturdy, comfortable seat – such as a high chair – in which he’s upright enough to swallow well. Feed the baby small, paced out bites of whatever the parents have set aside for you to give him. Don’t use normal cutlery to feed a baby – small, plastic baby-friendly utensils are safer for their little mouths. If you find that a baby is being fussy and isn’t interested in eating, try to make the experience more enjoyable for him by creating a little ritual or game. Make the spoon an airplane, for example, that is scheduled for landing in his mouth.

Handling Crying

Babies tend to be soothed by motion, so try adding some bounce to your step while they’re in your arms. Infants can also be soothed by sounds, so try singing if that’s something you enjoy, softly talking to the baby, or repeating a steady “shhh” sound. A crying, flailing infant is certainly stressful, but don’t let that deter you from holding her firmly or swaddling her – infants feel more secure when it’s clear that you have a stable, steady hold on them. If a baby is still taking a pacifier, sucking will likely help her calm down a great deal.

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