There are many different variables that can make a baby over stimulated. When new people come into baby’s environment, watch how they react. I believe to have a calm baby, it’s important to keep babies from becoming over stimulated. Too much noise, people or hyper animals can cause the baby stress. Babies might get stressed out more, if they are not used to animals. Being over stimulated means there is too much going on around the baby and causes them to get cranky or tired.
Having light colors in baby's room can also help keep the room calm and help baby sleep better. When the bedroom walls are painted bright colors it can over stimulate the baby. Even in preschool classrooms this can cause the class to act crazy and out of control. Having the walls painted different bright colors may look nice, but have a room painted light blue will keep an environment that isn't over stimulating and will overall set a better tone for the classroom.
Bringing baby to unfamiliar places can also cause baby to become over stimulated. Bringing a baby or toddler to an overcrowded restaurant, grocery store, or any other place can be a lot for a baby/toddler to handle. Keeping them occupied while at these places can help. Letting them bring their favorite toy, book, snacks, or keeping them busy will help keep them from acting out because of what’s going on around them.
Emma behaves a lot better in the grocery store if she has a cookie, or something to munch on, while we are in there. For some reason Emma just doesn't like the grocery store. We try to get a sitter for when we go, but sometimes it's just not possible. She's hated the grocery store since she was a newborn, however she's never seemed to mind when we go to Wal-Mart.
Baby's also need alone time just like anyone else does. Alone time helps them to get used to playing on their own and being independent. Too much attention all the time can over stimulate a baby. For a newborn this is easy to do, seeing on how they can be put in a swing while the caregiver is getting things done around the house. Most babies will be completely content swinging in their swing listening to music, or staring at the mobile that hangs above them. Especially after belly time where they are practicing their physical development and begin to get fussy or tired, and over stimulated. It is always important to monitor a baby while they are on the ground and not strapped into something.
Calming an over stimulated baby can be tricky. It mostly includes taking the baby out of the crazy environment and soothing them. Swaddling a baby is something i highly recommend. It gives them security and comfort being wrapped tightly in a snug blanket. Going into a quiet room and rocking baby until they calm down will help calm a fussy baby that is over stimulated. When they become over stimulated the caregiver must do their best to stay calm and collected themselves, or the baby will sense it. Sucking on a pacifier also helps calm a fussy baby, as well as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Taking the baby out of the situation is always the first step to calming an over stimulated infant. Telling the baby that you are there and that you love them also helps a baby feel more secure.
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