I often get asked about how to help soothe the baby during times of teething or illness. It’s important to note that the world is full of various levels of stimulus and a baby’s ability to cope and regulate depends on their level of maturity and readiness to self-soothe. This ability is “compromised” in times of added stress from sickness, teething or developmental milestones. Extra assistance calming the baby is needed to help regulate their feelings of wellbeing. As babies grow, they will get better managing every-changing levels of stress. The more you help then when they are young, the more likely they will get to more independent levels sooner.