Thursday Thirteen – 13 Ways to (Try to) Stop Julia from Crying

by Janice

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My niece Julia (Susan’s daughter) is adorable. If you don’t believe me, just scroll down and check out her big blue eyes in my latest Wordless Wednesday.

But, she is a very high maintenance, fussy, little thing. She will allow only her Mommy, Daddy, Grandma or I to touch her – and all too often only Mommy will do. And even with Mommy, and especially if Jackson isn’t there to entertain her, Julia spends a huge part of her day fussing.

So here are some of the ways we try to soothe or entertain her.

Thirteen Ways to (Try to) Stop Julia from Crying

  1. Looking for doggies - Julia loves dogs and the best way to calm her down is to hold her and look out the window to see if the neighbor’s dogs are out playing.
  2. The Wiggles - But we have to fast forward and watch only the songs.
  3. Baby Mum Mum Cookies - Getting Julia to eat is always a struggle… except for Baby Mum Mums. If she’s having an extra bad fit because she’s in her highchair (one of her least favorite places), sometimes we resort to the Mum Mums. It’s amazing what a little cookie can do.
  4. Shoes – Julia loves to wear shoes and play with shoes.
  5. Water – Especially pouring water from a bottle into a cup and letting her drink from it.
  6. Lids – Taking on and off the lids from pretty much anything.
  7. Playing with shoe boxes - This girl has a lot of shoes and a lot of shoe boxes. Playing with the boxes, putting toys in and out, is almost as much fun as the shoes themselves.
  8. Singing to her - She especially loves Jackson singing to her.
  9. Playing “Monkeys on the Bed” - Julia, Jackson and I jump on Susan’s bed while, singing, “Two little monkeys jumping on the bed” and watch ourselves in the huge mirror. (Don’t worry the bed is actually a king size mattress on the floor for extra safety because Julia is a cosleeper and Susan is paranoid.)
  10. Blowing on the back of her neck – This is a recent little trick that has helped lately when she’s crying because she doesn’t want to go to bed.
  11. Grandma – Sometimes it seems like she has magical powers. But of course, the magic only works sometimes.
  12. Tickling – Julia is a very serious, quiet little thing (unless she is playing with Jackson – then she goes wild) and one of the only times you get hysterical, belly laughs from her is playing chase and tickle.
  13. If all else fails, give her to her Mommy.
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1 KD July 26, 2006 at 10:09 pm

She looks so intense in the picture. My oldest was like that. Great List!


2 Something's Missing July 27, 2006 at 12:44 am

Awesome list! Funny how the dog thing works for almost everyone!


3 Jodi July 27, 2006 at 3:12 am

Great things to do to get a child to stop crying! I think I have tried them all with my boys, and all of my surrogate (daycare) kids!


4 Amy July 27, 2006 at 4:21 am

Great list! I need to remember a few of those for my teething DD! :)


5 Jenn July 27, 2006 at 4:40 am

I have a son like that…who continues to be like that, even at 32 months old…I can say it gets better with age, but not much! Zachary still only lets Auntie, Momma, Grandpa or Grandma to touch or play with him, sometimes sister! And most of the time only I will do, in Disney when we went, any time I was around Zachary – I had to do it all, push the stroller, carry him, ect. ACK it gets sooo tiring…

Thanks for your list though, I have a few more idea’s of things I can do to help my own little one! :D


6 Adventures In Babywearing July 27, 2006 at 7:03 am

Water bottles & mommy are guaranteed to work for my Gray!


7 laura July 27, 2006 at 8:11 am

for me the lifesaver was and always will be my baby sling. It worked on my colicky girl, my high maintenance girl, my chronic lung disease boy (crying could stress him out and cause him to become oxygen deprived and stop breathing, and any of the drug withdrawl babies I have cared for….vicodin withdrawl is the absolute worst!
Julia is cute!


8 Momma Piñata July 27, 2006 at 9:11 am

Its amazing how sometimes its the simplest things that keep them the happiest. Lids and water….water works with Charlotte already and she’s only two months old.


9 KellyC July 27, 2006 at 9:33 am

Lids! What would we do without it! That and duct tape.

Of course that’s for a different meme;)


10 Trish July 27, 2006 at 10:33 am

Great list! The last one is what the kids and fiance do first…LOL!


11 wrigley July 27, 2006 at 10:45 am

lids? wow. i must try that with my son. :)


12 Heidi July 27, 2006 at 8:14 pm

Soooo, cute…it’s so funny what works to stop crying!


13 eph2810 July 27, 2006 at 8:50 pm

Yes, there is sometimes nothing you can do as a ‘sitter’. Mommy’s arms are always the best.
But I think you do have wonderful little ‘trick’s’ to keep her from fussing :smile:.


14 turtle-hope July 27, 2006 at 9:43 pm

I love your site! Great list. My oldest, who’s now ten, only wanted mommy when she was a baby. Drove my husband nuts! Now, they are very close.


15 MamaArcher July 5, 2007 at 9:22 am

heads up, I linked to you for TT 100th.


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