5 Top soothers for fussy babies
There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to calm a fussy baby. Consider one of these baby soothers to help your baby sleep or keep him entertained.
If you are looking for a soother that doesn't just calm your baby but can also entertain her, the mamaRoo is a fantastic choice. Most babies love to bounce and sway, and this seat does that plus a whole lot more. It's designed to move like you do.
The mamaRoo features five unique motions (Car Ride, Kangaroo, Tree Swing, Rock-A-Bye, Ocean Wave), five different speeds and five built-in nature sounds. What's really cool is that it has a hookup for any mp3 player, so you can play all your baby's favorite tunes. The mamaRoo is easy to put together, doesn't take up much space at all and it plugs in -- so you don't have to keep replacing batteries. If your baby is fussy, has reflux and needs a safe place to sleep upright, or just needs to move, he'll love it (and you will too!). Learn more about the mamaRoo at 4moms.com, where you can place an order online or find a retailer near you.
:2: Rainforest Waterfall Peek-a-Boo Soother
When your baby is having trouble falling asleep at night, it can be very frustrating for both mommy and the little one. This Fisher Price soother brings the serenity of a rainforest into your baby's crib. The lights, motions and sounds of this soother will mesmerize your baby and lull him into restful slumber.
You can choose classic music, lullabies or rain forest sounds with or without the pulsing lights. (The lights may be "too much" for some babies.) This product would be perfect if it had a remote to re-start it or if it ran longer than 18 minutes. This soother requires 4 "C" batteries and is available at a variety of retailers for about $40. For a great deal, you can find it at Walmart.com right now for under $30.
:3: Slumber Bear
For over 27 years, the Slumber Bear has been used in hospital nurseries to calm and comfort newborn babies. This soft, plush bear was created by doctors and contains sound and motion sensors that activate when your baby starts to fuss. It's removable audio box plays in-utero sounds that lull your baby to a peaceful sleep.
What's great about the Slumber Bear is that you can take it anywhere. It straps to the crib railing, car seat or stroller. You can find this soothing bear at most big box stores and baby shops for about $25. It's available now at Target.com.
:4: Cloud b Sleep Sheep
Winner of a number of industry awards, the Sleep Sheep offers four soothing sounds including the Mother's Heartbeat. If you don't want your baby to use a traditional pacifier, this cuddly sheep is sort of audio pacifier and is a fantastic alternative.
Music can be too overstimulating for most babies. Repetitive rhythms can really help your baby calm down and get to sleep. This soother has an adjustable volume and automatically shuts off after 23 or 45 minutes, which is great compared to many other soothers that only last 5-10 minutes. It has a velcro strap to attach it to a crib rail, stroller or car seat. They also offer a smaller size On-the-go Sleep Sheep that is perfect for traveling too. The original Sleep Sheep is priced at $27 at cloudb.com and most baby stores.
:5: Graco Swing 'N Bounce 2-in-1 Infant Swing
Swings are great for both soothing and entertaining your baby. The Graco Swing 'N Bounce 2-in-1 Infant Swing is a traditional swing and a removable bouncer seat in one unit. It offers plenty of comfort and support, three seat positions, six swing speeds, 10 sounds and tunes, and soothing vibrations.
You can remove the seat from the swing and it turns into a vibrating carrier bouncer. With this swing you can adjust the volume to several levels and the timer can be set to shut off after 10, 20 or 30 minutes, conserving battery life. Your baby will also love the toys that dangle from the top bar. The swing can hold babies up to 25 pounds, but the bouncer just up to 18 pounds. For a small infant, you may have to place a towel behind his back so he doesn't slide down or to the side. Graco swings are available at Babies 'R Us, Walmart and many other stores.