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Baby Voodoo

What are your tips, tricks, and little rituals for soothing your crying baby?

Extra bonus for overtired baby voodoo moves.... 

TTC Since 3/2010
Me-34, Unexplained Infertility, DH-33, all clear
Clomid 50mg 12/2011 = BFN
Clomid 100mg 1/2012 = BFN, with Cyst
IVF #1 Lupron/Menopur/Gonal-f/HCG Trigger
ER 4/19/12 = 11 retrieved, 6 fertilized,
ET 4/22/12 = 2 transfered (day 3), remaining 3 weren't good enough to freeze
Beta 5/3 = BFP, 87 Beta #2 5/7 560.9 Beta #3 5/9 1376.5 First u/s One Baby, 125bpm!

Second u/s, 176bmp! Kicked over to the OB by the RE at 8w. Anatomy Scan at 19w looks great!
Team Green!!

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Baby girl J arrived two weeks early! Born into water, med-free. Hooray for Team Pink!

Re: Baby Voodoo

  • Considering C has been a total fussbutt the last day or so I feel super prepared to answer this...not that these always work but I just keep trying things over and over and over and over and over... you get the point :) 

    1. put LO in the Ergo and walk laps around my house. Sometimes the faster I walk the better.

    2. turn on the dryer and stand beside it shhh-ing and swaying until he falls asleep

    3. get in the car and go walk around a store. Target saves my life somedays.

    4. vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! TJ and some other ladies here taught me this and it works like magic! 

    These are the ones I use the most. If I think of any more I'll post them.  

    Good luck! :)  

     

    TTC#1 since oct 2009, DOR
    IUI #1-3 (jan-mar 2011), all BFN 
    IVF #1 oct 2011, BFN      
    IVF #2: dec 2011, BFFN
    FET #1: feb 8, 2012, BFP!!!  chibaby born october 29, 2012!

    TTC #2
    FET #2  sept 5, 2013-BFFN
    new RE
    IVF #3    feb 2014-BFFN again...
    Headed to CCRM 
    IVF #4 oct 2014 
    4 CCS tested normal embryos! Amazing! 
    ET 12/18

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  • From The Happiest Baby on the Block (a lifesaver).  The 5 S's, do all of them at the same time, but always start with the swaddle. 

    Swaddling: Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb.

    Side/stomach position: The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reassuring support. ?But never use the stomach position for putting your baby to sleep,? cautions Karp. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to stomach-down sleep positions. When a baby is in a stomach down position do not leave them even for a moment.

    Shushing sounds: These imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb.

    Swinging: Newborns are used to the swinging motions within their mother?s womb, so entering the gravity driven world of the outside is like a sailor adapting to land after nine months at sea. ?It?s disorienting and unnatural,? says Karp. Rocking, car rides, and other swinging movements all can help.

    Sucking: ?Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system,? notes Karp, ?and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain.?


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  • You can also download a short clip from I-Tunes called Baby Got Colic.  It's about ten minutes long and sounds like this crazy jumble of white noise, trains going by, and I don't know what.  Read the reviews and you'll see it's amazing -- it supposedly simulates the kind of noises babies heard in the womb.  I plugged my ipod into a speaker and played the clip on constant loop when DD was colicky.  A miracle worker!


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  • One tip I have used that works is: take LO's carseat and place it on the dryer. Put LO in the carseat and turn the dryer on with some items in it. Stand there to supervise. My DS will normally fall asleep within 10 minutes and stay asleep even if I remove him from it.

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  • Singing show tunes.

    Singing her good morning song (even if it isn't morning)

    Dream Lite

    Pretty sparkling angel lights

    Calling grandma and putting her on speaker

    Sea horse

    Sheep mobile

    Rubbing her head and tummy (sometimes at the same time)

    Bath

    The spinning Christmas tree light

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  • image ELF4321:
    You can also download a short clip from I-Tunes called Baby Got Colic.  It's about ten minutes long and sounds like this crazy jumble of white noise, trains going by, and I don't know what.  Read the reviews and you'll see it's amazing -- it supposedly simulates the kind of noises babies heard in the womb.  I plugged my ipod into a speaker and played the clip on constant loop when DD was colicky.  A miracle worker!

    Ooooo, I'm gonna check this out!  

    TTC#1 since oct 2009, DOR
    IUI #1-3 (jan-mar 2011), all BFN 
    IVF #1 oct 2011, BFN      
    IVF #2: dec 2011, BFFN
    FET #1: feb 8, 2012, BFP!!!  chibaby born october 29, 2012!

    TTC #2
    FET #2  sept 5, 2013-BFFN
    new RE
    IVF #3    feb 2014-BFFN again...
    Headed to CCRM 
    IVF #4 oct 2014 
    4 CCS tested normal embryos! Amazing! 
    ET 12/18

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  • The vacuum cleaner or the baby sleep aid app are my go tos. Driving around works if that fails. Sometimes you have to open the car window. Or just going outside sometimes helps. Do you know why LO is crying? Could it be an ear infection? E got an ear infection once the week after having a cold and would cry uncontrollably any time we laid her down.
    TTC with PCOS since November 2009
    IUI#1 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 3-7) = BFP, m/c
    IUI#2 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 5-9) = BFN
    IUI#3 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 3-7) = BFP!
    beta #1 11/23 = 270, P4 = 75
    beta #2 11/28 = 2055
    Our daughter E was born 7/29/2012!
    Surprise, our 2nd daughter P was born 5/22/14 
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  • The thing that works best for me is to lay her over my thigh and then rub her back.  She loves, loves, loves hanging out like this on her stomach.  She naps like that a lot.

    If she's fussy and I think she's gassy then I also use something called the Happi Tummi.  It's like a little heating pad for babies.  It helps to calm her down and pass gas.  It's a good time!

    Kelly, Mom to Christopher Shannon 9.27.06, Catherine Quinn 2.24.09, Trey Barton lost on 12.28.09, Therese Barton lost on 6.10.10, Joseph Sullivan 7.23.11, and our latest, Victoria Maren 11.15.12

    Secondary infertility success with IVF, then two losses, one at 14 weeks and one at 10 weeks, then success with IUI and then just pure, crazy luck.  Expecting our fifth in May as the result of a FET.

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  • Oh! I actually have a new trick! For some reason E is obsessed with the alphabet song. Any time we have to do something she doesn't want to do, like take her medicine or change her diaper without rolling over onto her tummy, I just sing the alphabet song and she is mesmerized. This may not work for an over tired crying baby, but it's voodoo nonetheless.
    TTC with PCOS since November 2009
    IUI#1 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 3-7) = BFP, m/c
    IUI#2 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 5-9) = BFN
    IUI#3 Femara/Ovidrel (cd 3-7) = BFP!
    beta #1 11/23 = 270, P4 = 75
    beta #2 11/28 = 2055
    Our daughter E was born 7/29/2012!
    Surprise, our 2nd daughter P was born 5/22/14 
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  • The things that always worked well for us was
    1. Marching around our kitchen. That's right.... not just walking but marching.
    2. Swaddle
    3. Swing

    Hope you find your super voodoo solution
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  • Thanks to all for sharing your voodoo magic. Sweet baby J has actually been pretty good overall, but we had a horrible overtired night a few nights ago that resulted in 4.5hours in the rocking chair listening to vacuuming on YouTube.

    I realized that my arsenal of baby calming techniques is limited to putting her on the boob and hoping for the best. Now, I have some new ideas! Forewarned is forearmed. You guys are great!

    TTC Since 3/2010
    Me-34, Unexplained Infertility, DH-33, all clear
    Clomid 50mg 12/2011 = BFN
    Clomid 100mg 1/2012 = BFN, with Cyst
    IVF #1 Lupron/Menopur/Gonal-f/HCG Trigger
    ER 4/19/12 = 11 retrieved, 6 fertilized,
    ET 4/22/12 = 2 transfered (day 3), remaining 3 weren't good enough to freeze
    Beta 5/3 = BFP, 87 Beta #2 5/7 560.9 Beta #3 5/9 1376.5 First u/s One Baby, 125bpm!

    Second u/s, 176bmp! Kicked over to the OB by the RE at 8w. Anatomy Scan at 19w looks great!
    Team Green!!

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    Baby girl J arrived two weeks early! Born into water, med-free. Hooray for Team Pink!
  • We use an app on our phones with white noise. Works really well. Helps my LO sleep for a few hours at a time during the night. Good luck!
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    TTC #1
    IVF w/ICSI #1 March 2012 - DD born January 2013

    TTC #2
    FET #1 January 2014 - Loss at 9w5d
    FET #2 July 2014 - BFN

    No snow babies left.  We are officially one and done. 
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