ERIC Number: EJ738511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Infant & Toddlers: How to Calm an Exuberant Baby
Honig, Alice Sterling
Early Childhood Today, v20 n6 p22-23 Apr 2006
It is important to understand that babies differ in temperament. Some are sensationally exuberant and loud. Others are more withdrawn and quiet. Babies also differ in tempo and style. Some eat with gusto. Others deliberately scoop a bit of cooked cereal onto a spoon and slowly munch on their food. Helping a baby learn to modulate voice tones means first finding out whether this baby's emotional responses are frequently intense. If so, a more laid back, soothing style during interactions should be used. Moving more slowly and talking in a low, musical voice, rather than a fast, bright voice can help. Some additional calming techniques include: (1) While diapering the baby, using long palmar strokes on the body, talking to the baby on the diapering table with low cooing tones and soothing words; (2) Using massage during the day to help a high-strung baby relax body muscles. A few minutes of massage on the baby's back and arms a few times a day helps the baby's muscles relax; (3) Singing songs in a low key. Do not play loud, fast-paced music for this baby. Play softer songs and lullabies. Encourage the baby to sway and murmur with lullaby music. (4) Praising the baby when he uses lower tones, words, and even garbled sounds to indicate joy rather than screaming feelings.
Descriptors: Infants, Personality Traits, Toddlers, Self Control, Emotional Response, Teacher Role, Preschool Teachers
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Education Level: Preschool Education
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