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Walking to sleep

July 2, 2009 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by Kelly

Why do babies cry? Of course, you really do know the answer. It is their way of communicating, but it can sometimes seem as though nothing you can do is any help.

One tip, once you’ve checked all the usual things, like feeding and changing and making sure they are comfortable, is to put your baby in the pram or buggy, and take them for a long walk. Walking is good exercise for you and it can help to lift your mood when you are feeling down, which can often happen with a crying baby.

Just as the motion of a car or train can send any of us to sleep, so a baby has the same experience with being pushed in their pram or pushchair. If you can keep a nice gentle motion going, you will gradually calm your baby and allow them to relax enough to go to sleep. You will benefit from being out and about and from the exercise and you will feel better for doing something, rather than being stuck in the home with a crying baby.

Even if it doesn’t work, and your baby continues to cry, somehow it is less trying when you are out in the fresh air and not cooped up in a room together. You can also try giving them some of their new baby gifts to play with as you push them along.

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