People love giving advice to new parents. Sometimes the advice works and is appreciated, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes you have no idea what they are talking about. As a new mother myself, I'm tired of hearing everyone's advice, but recently came across 2 extremely helpful YouTube videos that I wish I would have discovered earlier and now want to share with everyone.
The first one explains how to calm a young baby. Created by Dr. Harvey Karp, he explains that human babies 0-3 months are underdeveloped at birth compared to other mammals, so it helps to treat them like they are still in utero. These steps help calm a baby and create an in-utero experience. (1) DUDU Swaddle, (2) Turn on Side (3) Shush loudly in ear (4) Jiggle (as if still in womb) I have tried his techniques and they are pretty unreal! When combined work like a charm every time!
The second video explains 5 sounds babies make; it's called Dunstan Baby Language. Apparantly all babies make these sounds regardless of language or origin, and if we understand them properly, it helps us determine what they need, whether they have a burp, gas, hunger, discomfort or tired. Sure could have used this one when Huxley was first born... I had no idea what he was trying to tell me half of the time, and the other half I was crying along with him. (sorry Oprah is so annoying in this clip)
Hope these help! Good resources like this need to be spread among mothers. They may not be magic, but if they can help you calm your baby even 90% of the time, they are worth your time to watch.