I wish this was around when my two were babies!
The Graco EveryWay Soother with Removable Rocker (available exclusively at Babies’r’Us) is pretty amazing! It offers 16 soothing motions, the most of any swing on the market, in addition to six swing speeds and 15 songs and sounds to help soothe little ones. The eight different ways to swing, in tandem with a multi-directional seat for swinging side-to-side or front-to-back, enable parents to create a personalized soothing environment to calm baby. The swing also includes three recline positions and two soothing vibration speeds. The swing seat doubles as a removable rocker to keep baby happy and by mom’s side anywhere in the home.
Sleep Expert Tips:
Graco partnered with Kim West, LCSW-C, better known as the The Sleep Lady, who is offering the following tips to soothe newborns -6 month-olds:
- Learn Baby’s Sleep Cues: Part of the new parent learning curve is being able to recognize your child’s typical sleepy cues. This way, you can move them to a safe sleep space as soon as possible. These signs may include yawning, staring, fussiness, quieting down, losing interest in playtime, eye rubbing, and hand sucking. An alert or spirited child may move very quickly from happy to tired to overtired, so keeping one eye on the clock is also important in helping you anticipate the fussy times. Be prepared to move straight to naptime or bedtime as soon as you see your child’s sleepy cues.
- Understand What’s Causing the Crankiness: It’s also important to understand what might be causing your baby to cry. Babies often cry when they’re uncomfortable, bored, overstimulated and sleepy. There are a few things you can do to try and figure out why your baby is crying. Beyond the obvious diaper and mealtime reasons, try a change of scenery. You can also try dimming the lights, swaddling them or offering them a pacifier. If your baby cries a lot and you can’t figure out what’s wrong, check with your pediatrician to make sure he or she doesn’t have an underlying medical condition, such as reflux, that might be causing your baby discomfort.
- Use Motion to Soothe Your Baby to Sleep: At this stage of a baby’s life, you cannot instill bad sleep habits in newborns – so it’s a good idea to try all sorts of techniques to see what works. Motion is a favorite of babies for soothing because it likely reminds them of the sensations and security of the womb. Movement will often do what no other kind of soothing can do, so it’s a good technique to try. Rock your baby in your arms when you can, but if you need a break to get things done around the house or during times of extended fussiness, consider using a swing. Since every baby is unique, try a swing that has multiple motion options, such as the Graco EveryWay Soother with Removable Rocker. It offers a total of 16 soothing motions and 15 songs and sounds to help parents create a personalized soothing environment to calm their little one. For parents of multiples, you may find that each baby has a different motion or sound preference.