Today my baby was in a grumpy mood. He is teething so it’s understandable, but he’d got to the point where he was just crying because he was crying. Do you ever have days like that?
I wanted to tell him to take a deep breath and calm down. Now I can tell him as much as I like but he can’t understand, he’s only 4 months old. Then I had an idea. I can’t tell him to take a deep breath, but I can show him. Maybe he’ll understand?
I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try so I bent down really close to him, looked him in the eye and took a big deep breath and let it out really slowly. I made it dramatic. He could see what I was doing, hear me and feel the breath on his cheek. Guess what? After a couple of breaths he was smiling again! I’m not sure if he understood, copied me and calmed down or if he just thought we were playing a fun new game. Either way it was a success!
Why not try it when you wish baby would just calm down? Even if it doesn’t calm your baby, talking a few deep slow breaths will calm you down and it’s great to show your child a strategy for controlling their emotions. Let me know how it goes in the comments!