It may take time for you to learn how to meet the needs of your newborn.

How to Calm a Clingy Newborn

by Melissa Willets

Your newborn clearly doesn't want you to put her down; each time you do, she cries. There must be some way to calm your clingy cutie. As KidsHealth.org notes, a baby at this stage should be attended to when she fusses. Don't worry about spoiling her. Eventually, however, you'll need a break from your sweet little suction cup. Indeed, helping your new baby learn to be happy outside the comfort of your lap is something to strive for.

1 Enjoy your baby. If your new baby is soothed by being held, try to enjoy the experience. The time may come when your little one no longer cuddles up to you willingly. Besides, as the American Academy of Pediatrics points out, research shows that bonding with baby actually promotes healthy growth and development. And what better way to bond with her than to hold her close to you.

2 Soothe your baby. If you really must put your newborn down for a bit -- you do need to shower, after all -- use some tried-and-true techniques to calm her. AskDrSears.com recommends a combination of rhythmic motion and sound to comfort your attached angel. For example, place her in a swing or a vibrating bouncy seat that plays music or employ a family member to rock and shush her. A white noise machine placed near her crib could do the trick as well. If the weather is agreeable, take her for a walk in the stroller. Worst case scenario: wheel her bassinet into the bathroom and sing her a lullaby while you lather up.

3 Put your baby down. It may seem counterintuitive, but as KidsHealth.org points out, sometimes newborns are fussy for no reason whatsoever. If you have fed her, changed her, rocked her, shushed her and more, perhaps baby just needs a good cry. Or maybe your munchkin is overstimulated. So place baby in her bassinet and take a step back. You might be surprised by how even a clingy baby needs a little "me" time once in a while.

4 Accept help from others. Allow your newborn to become accustomed to other people in addition to Mom. Sure, ultimately she may want you. But Dad can hold her, too; he probably would like a turn! KidsHealth.org says that baby needs bonding time with both parents. Building a support system is beneficial for your emotional health, and a happy mama is better equipped to meet her baby's needs.

About the Author

Melissa Willets has been writing about parenting, pregnancy and "all things mom" since 2009. She has contributed to many websites, including Pampers.com and WhatToExpect.com.

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