Does your sweet child turn into a crying and insatiable gremlin in the evenings? If so, you may be experiencing the WITCHING HOURS!
The witching hours is common amongst most babies and children. It often happens around the same time every day (between 5 pm and midnight), just when you are the most tired, and just when you are the most touched out. For younger babies, they may want to cluster feed or maybe they are refusing the breast altogether. Many children (of all ages) are tired and don't often want to go to sleep!
Here are some strategies that may help you survive the witching hours.
- Baby may have had a busy day and is feeling overstimulated. Try white noise or calm soothing music to settle them. Go into a quiet darker room as well.
- Naked time!
- Skin - to - skin. Remove your shirt and let baby snuggle close to you. Grab a blanket and cover both of you up in warmth
- Bundle up and go for a walk
- Get a bath with baby
- Infant massage
If baby is inconsolable during this time, reach out to your local La Leche League Leader or health care provider.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and need a break, THIS IS OK. Tell your partner, a friend or family member. If you are alone, place baby in a safe location (in their crib) and take some deep breathes. La Leche League Leaders are here to support you as well. You are not alone.