Rockin’ Songs

Rockin' Mama (felt-tip pen on marker paper)

The experience of bringing home a newborn baby can be full of excitement, love, and awe but it can also be full of pain, fatigue, and dread especially with your first.  There is what people tell you about having a newborn, there is what people don’t tell you, but there is also what people tell you but you don’t believe could POSSIBLY be as extreme as they describe.  Like the sleepless nights and the crying that you just can’t seem to soothe.  It does get better as you and your baby establish a routine.  Just knowing that it won’t last forever seemed to help me.  I also found that the memory of those nights of desperation just like the pain of child birth fades over time.

Techniques for soothing a crying baby

It can be very draining trying to soothe a crying baby when you just can’t figure out what’s wrong (assuming they are not hungry or in need of a new diaper).  It can be helpful to talk to other moms about what worked for them.  Here are some that I have heard and used…

  • Car rides
  • Stroller walks (outside and inside)
  • Strapped in a car-seat insides
  • Swing
  • Vibrating bouncy seat
  • Holding baby and pacing
  • Swaddling
  • And my favorite, rocking and singing

Printable Song Book

Rocking in a glider and singing to my babies seemed to work a majority of times and was a more practical option than taking a walk or drive in the middle of the night!  My children seemed to enjoy my singing and responded better to it than recorded music.  I really wasn’t prepared for how much I relied on songs and got bored fast with my limited repertoire.  So if you are a new mother and are looking to try this soothing method or if you are like I was and ready to move past Rock-a-bye baby and Twinkle twinkle, I have a one page printable pfd book (pocket-mod) with a few that I like (Brahms’s Lullaby, Oh, My Darling Clementine, London Bridge is Falling Down, & Hush Little Baby).  I also really like You Are My Sunshine and Somewhere Over the Rainbow but they are copy-written so I didn’t include them.  Just click on this link to print:  Lullaby Book

Instructions for how to cut and fold the pocket-mod format

 

5 comments

  1. I LOVE THIS SWEET IMAGE. IT IS SO EXPRESSIVE OF THE CONCERN AND SOOTHING YOU WRITE ABOUT. AND THE BOOKLET OF SONGS IS WONDERFUL AND WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR A MOTHER WITH A NEW BABY.
    ANOTHER GREAT GIFT FROM DOODLES AND JOTS!

  2. ANOTHER GREAT GIFT FOR A MOTHER WITH A NEW BABY IS A ROCKING CHAIR (OR GLIDER), NEW OR USED. I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW EXHAUSTING CARING FOR A NEWBORN WOULD BE WITHOUT ONE.

  3. I sing Norah Jones and the Weepies to my little guy. I also sing him the song Sleep, Sleepyhead from our Music Together classes. That one works every time. I love this printable you are sharing. Awesome. :)

    • Thanks! The Weepies – I will have to look them up… Other good ones too – my daughter loves the seashells song from Music Together. Another very calming artist is Jack Johnson. We listen to that in the car.

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