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When Your Baby Cries

When Your Baby Cries

Fall 2010 DVD
Ages: All Ages
DVD Price: $4.99

Pediatrician Michael Forbes presents this honest look at newborn crying and suggests several ways to help calm a baby. A father himself-and married to another pediatrician-he admits both he and his wife were initially driven to distraction by their own crying infant. Other couples with less exalted backgrounds in infant care also describe their frustration, stress, and aggravation at non-stop crying. "You do everything right," in terms of feeding, burping, changing, and trying to soothe, "…and nothing works," says one tearful mother. Add in new-parent sleep-deprivation, post-natal hormones, and still more crying, the ingredients exist for potential violence. In an effort to prevent shaken baby syndrome, this DVD asserts three times the fall-back plan for when nothing else works: gently place the baby on his back in a crib or other safe place, and leave the room for a ten-minute break. A short break is enough time to give parents a chance to focus on trying another technique, and ten minutes of crying won't hurt a child. Pro-active techniques for helping calm a baby are the "colic hold," a close snuggle, swaddling, gentle music or white noise, or a noise-free room to provide relief for over-stimulated babies. Another suggestion is to hand the baby off to a caring person whose patience isn't already frayed, since babies often respond better to someone who is calm. Highly recommended-and the price is modest enough to give one to every new parent you know.

Reilly Reagan   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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