Tips for Soothing Your Newborn that I Use in Studio!

Updated: May 12, 2021

I can not even count how many times I'm called, "The Baby Whisperer" or that I am jokingly asked if I can come live with the new baby until they start to sleep through the night and I love it! It makes me giggle every time. Having a new baby can certainly be frustrating at times, but have no fear! I am here to share some tips for soothing your fussy newborn that I use in the studio!  And be sure to check out my linked suggestions at the end of the post. 

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1. Keep baby warm! Swaddle! This is important. Your baby just came out of a womb-room that was 98 degrees and cannot properly regulate their body heat just yet. Keep them wrapped with a hat on so they keep warm, but not to the point that they are sweating.  Though I use a small heater in the studio, that is not necessary for everyday life as they will be wearing clothes.   

2. Use vibrations and patting. Babies looovee the feeling of movement - it reminds them of the times they were inside mom's belly and were rockin'-and-rollin' around town! My son (who is 2 years old) has carried around a little elephant that sings a soothing song and vibrates since he was a newborn. It does not leave his side and by the first glance at the elephant, it's clearly visible that it is a well-loved stuffed animal.  A simple rhythm of patting on the butt or back can also be soothing to babies and help them to drift off into dreamland.

3. Use a white noise machine or baby-shusher. This is another important tool to keep on you at all times for a fussy baby! Sleep machines help to create a womb-like environment that aids in calming anxious infants!


White Noise Machine (as used for my baby):

Baby Shusher (as used in my studio):

Vibrating Cushion:

Fisher-Price Calming Vibrations Soother Puppy: