The Crying Fixes - Experts Swear By
Mother & Baby Magazine Australia|April - May 2018

Learn these simple ‘mindfulness’ techniques to help both you and your little one through the tears

Louisa Pritchard

An increasing number of mums are turning to mindfulness, a form of meditation that focuses on openness and awareness, to help them and their babies work through the stress of tears.

Mindfulness expert and co-author of Everyday Blessings: Mindfulness For Parents (Hachette, $35) Myla Kabat-Zinn says mindful parenting isn’t about being the perfect mum. “It’s about being more aware, present in the moment and open-hearted,” she says. “That makes a huge difference to our children and how we respond to them.

“When babies cry, we get stressed,” she says. But that stress can be difficult to deal with, and many mums can shut down their emotions in the face of it. “By being more mindful, though, you can respond with kindness and clarity in difficult moments,” says Myla. The next time your baby cries, try the following techniques.

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