Get Out of the House
My son always calmed down the instant I took him outside. We would study the wind chimes on the front porch, watch the trees sway in the breeze, and listen to the birds chirping away.
-Janelle Southard; Wichita Falls, Texas
Shush Her Up
I'd hold my daughter, Marissa, against my chest as I rocked back and forth. Then I'd whisper "shhh, shhh, shhh" in her ear. She would quiet down as soon as I made that sound.
-Kelly Alexander; Sharon, Pennsylvania
Use Your Hands
I give my son massages. First, I warm some lotion by rubbing it between my hands, then I start at his forehead and gently rub down the bridge of his nose, across his cheeks, and down his chin and neck. Nathan especially likes it when I "knead" his arms and legs.
-Karla Bennetts; Arvada, Colorado
Belt Out a Tune
If I sit in a dark room and softly sing to Claire, she almost always stops crying. I sing a lullaby I made up to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"-- I substitute "I love my little Claire-Bear" for the chorus.
-Melanie Cozard; Littleton, Colorado
Create a Water World
-Kelly Jones; Winnemucca, Nevada
When my 8-month-old daughter, Olivia, starts crying, I hold her in front of the freezer door as I open it. She's captivated by the cold air that rolls onto her face.
-Alison Broome; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Bring on the Bear
My secret weapon is a stuffed animal that plays actual recorded sounds from the womb. I got it as a gift at my baby shower, and it really works! Whenever Wyatt is inconsolable, I turn it on, and it soothes him immediately.
-Bethany Meyer; Anaheim, California
Take a Look
The one trick that worked like magic with all three of my kids was to hold them up in front of a mirror. Their fascination with the "other" baby was usually enough to make them forget what was bothering them.
-Jennifer Packard; Needham, Massachusetts
Hit the Fan
Never underestimate the power of a ceiling fan! Whenever Aiden got really worked up and wouldn't stop crying, I would turn the fan on low and stand under it. The moving blades mesmerized him.
-Vicki Bracken; Skippack, Pennsylvania