Please? I'm trying to gather a list of 99 ways to sooth a fussy babe. I'm so close to 99, it's not funny. Since I started doing this for DH, I thought maybe you dads could think of some other original ideas. Thanks! :
I see you have bouncing listed but I have found a special way that often works. I sit on a large exercise ball while holding dd and bounce. I usually sing at the same time and you can coordinate the song with the bouncing tempo. That combines holding, bouncing and singing and is very soothing. I often do it without mama around so dd will relax more. Hope this helps.
My dh has a special way to get dd to sleep when she wakes (and isn't hungry).
He bounces the mattress next to her... very light bouncing. More of a jiggle, really. He is able to keep up a consistent motion. I can't duplicate it. She goes right back to sleep as long as I'm not nearby.
We like to use that trick if she wakes up in the middle of a movie we are trying to watch. HTH
I always hold my son really close and snug to me. It usually comforts him. He likes when I hold him so that he is laying on his side while in my arms and he presses his face into my bicep to get a closer firm hold. I dont know why, but he likes it. I also talk to him in an authoritive voice when I am trying to get him to calm down or go to sleep. Just about every night I successfully put our 3 month old son to sleep around 10PM using these techniques and he sleeps until about 3-4AM only to wake up to feed.
Also...just taking Daddy time. Take time to show your kid different things...like for example...my son never cries when he is outside...on the weekend when we try to sleep in...we open the blinds to the window and let him watch the nature around us and he is completely fine.