183 A CALMing Last Word Patti Ideran, OTR/L, CEIM As I worked on this book, I realized how much I wished this book was around to help me with our fussy baby! Written by experts who truly under- stand fussy babies and the difficulties they present, it is very comprehensive and gives you great insight into the complexities of having a fussy baby. We hope the solutions outlined in this book helped you along your journey. Having a fussy baby is not easy, and it is not just about a baby who cries a lot. There are many other factors that play a role. Our intent with this book was to educate you about those other aspects. Avoid advice that says your baby will grow out of it without offering the kind of help you need now. The CALM Baby Method highlights all the key areas that will help you understand your baby. Interestingly, the things you learn in this book about sleep, sensory processing, arousal levels, feeding, motor development, and attachment are a foundation for your baby’s formative years, and they apply to all developmental stages your baby will go through. Your baby may not cry and fuss as much when he gets older, but he communicates not only with verbal language but also his body language (or cues, as we introduced you to earlier). Earlier in the book we discussed how heredity and environ- ment help your baby develop. This is good news, as you have total control over your baby’s environment, now and in the future. So, when your baby is young, get her on the floor to play and engage in fun things, including tummy time, baby yoga poses, and massage. We also took into consideration the mental health aspects of parenting a fussy baby, from attachment and bonding to postpartum depression. Don’t think you can handle this all by yourself. Look for support from family, friends, support groups, and mental health professionals. You need to take CALM_FINAL-pages.indd 183 CALM_FINAL-pages.indd 183 1/23/21 12:45 PM 1/23/21 12:45 PM
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