Monday 7 October 2013

Settling a Crying Baby


I wanted to share this news article with you from Jo Jingles ...

94% say they don’t use controlled crying techniques
26 September 2013 - A new poll commissioned by nationwide music, movement and singing classes, Jo Jingles, has found that UK mums prefer ‘attachment’ methods when soothing their tearful infants with ‘cuddling, rocking and singing’ being the most popular techniques used.  This is in contrast to a unanimous 94% of mums who don’t use controlled crying techniques to settle their little ones.
When asked to reveal how they settle their babies when they’re crying, a resounding 53% said a cuddle combined with a comforting ‘rocking’ motion usually does the trick.  This was followed by a quarter of mums who prefer to play music or sing a lullaby to comfort their little one.  Despite popular assumption, the poll revealed that only 3% of mums take their baby out in the car for a little drive to calm them down and a further 15% opt for a soother/dummy to reduce the tears.
The survey was commissioned by Jo Jingles in a bid to review how mums interact with their babies when they are crying and to encourage the use of music and song as a beneficial way to soothe babies when they are distressed.
Caroline Crabbe, general manager at Jo Jingles explains: “Music is particularly powerful in helping babies and young children to express moods and feelings at an early age, so it can play a big part in helping parents to create a calm and soothing environment if their baby is crying or is particularly distressed.  Music also helps boost self-confidence and can help to strengthen the bonds of communication and trust between a parent and child, so exposure to the right kind of music right from birth can have a big impact on early years’ development.”
Crabbe continued: “Although we believe that physical contact and ‘cuddling or rocking’ is hugely important for mother and baby, we were hoping that more mums would be integrating music and singing into their routine for settling their children, but we also appreciate that the power of music is often underestimated, so hopefully we can use these findings to help raise awareness of the difference it can make.”

Emma in Bromley xx

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