Up next in New Parents Survival Kit (19 videos)
Whether you're having your first kid or your fifth, there's some parenting news you can use in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Stroller or car
Slow your roll
Slow down any way you can -- through self-talking or playing soothing music. Find a mantra -- one word that will signal your dialing back emotionally.
Let the baby cry
Let your child cry while you allow yourself to take a break and remind yourself you're not terrible for doing it. You're also not alone: every parent has these moments.
Announce your feelings, even frustrations, conversationally to the room, a partner, or even the child. Just hearing yourself out loud will help to work it out.
Find a sub
Take the opportunity to have a trusted person step in for a little while. Get a nap in or just sit in the quiet, go shopping, or do anything else except fret.
Visualize a calming place
Visualize in detail a place you'd love to be. The sounds of surf, or the shade of a tree are calming thoughts and can help to relax.
Take a ride
Take the child for a walk around the home, or in a stroller around the neighborhood. You can also pack them up and take a ride in the car.
Make a rule
Make a rule to treat your child gently in all circumstances, remembering that they feel your tension and that alone can send them into anxious frenzies.
Search for a counselor to help you examine and defuse the anxiety you experience. And remember to breathe. The baby will eventually stop crying and you'll be calm again.