As parents we are all too familiar with a fussy infant that we can’t seem to calm. We try everything from turning on calming music, feeding and rhythmically bouncing our little ones to quell their anxieties. Sometimes it feels like nothing works. We question if we are incorrectly reading their cues or just doing a “bad job” of parenting.
Instead of looking into physical reasons for your little ones fussiness, consider your baby’s sensory system. Sensory Overload is one of the most common causes for an unsettled baby. When a lot of senses are stimulated at one time, some babies have a difficult time processing the information sent to their brains.
Instead of trying to fix our babies, consider allowing your baby to take the reigns. Babies are wise and very communicative when we take the time to listen. If your little one needs to turn away from people or an activity, respect their cues and wait until they are ready to engage. This applies to infants and toddlers. When we do not allow our little ones the opportunity to turn away we are teaching them that is okay to compromise their instincts. This behavior could potentially reach beyond the infant and toddler years having an effect on relationships and peer pressure later in life.
Supporting your baby’s journey
Overstimulation will happen! When it does, our role is to support our little ones by being present but not necessarily always trying to “fix” them. Crying is healthy. When we support our little ones in their need to turn away from something or someone we are respecting their needs and fostering their ability to listen to their instincts.