WITCHING HOUR IS THE WORST — HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
The following are some of the most common questions asked by parents:
How long does witching hour last?
It depends on your baby, but generally speaking it lasts from birth until around age 3 or 4. Some children outgrow it sooner than others, so if you’re wondering when your child will outgrow it, don’t worry! Just keep feeding him/her and he’ll probably get there eventually.
When does witching hour happen?
That depends on the child too. Some children outgrow it earlier than others, so again, don’t worry about it! Just continue feeding them and they’ll figure it out one day! (Or maybe not…!)
Why doesn’t my baby cry during witching hour? Does she just need more attention?
Babies are very sensitive creatures and cry at times when they feel neglected. They may even cry for no reason at all. Sometimes crying during witching hour is normal, sometimes it isn’t. Your baby might have a hard time sleeping because of it, but that’s why you feed her! If she cries every night while you’re asleep, then she won’t sleep well either! So try to give her lots of love and attention throughout the day and night.
Should I feed my baby during witching hour?
Yes! Perhaps this goes without saying, but babies can get very hungry at night. It may be possible that your baby is crying because it’s been hours since the last time you fed her. It’s usually a good idea to feed babies as soon as they start crying, but if you’re worried about the witching hour, then try feeding them before you go to sleep.
What can I do about my baby’s witching hour cries?
Feed her! As mentioned above, it may very well be that she is hungry. Also, keep in mind that sometimes babies get irritated when their diapers are too full of poop. It’s always a good idea to try changing the diaper and see if that helps. If all else fails, try one of these methods…
The Wiggle Method: This works for some babies. You literally just sit there and wiggle around in front of your baby. Sometimes the motion and sounds you make will calm the baby down, thus preventing a full blown witching hour.
The Car Ride Method: If you’re lucky enough to have a car, try putting your baby in the back seat and going for a quick drive around the block. The movement and noise of the ride can sometimes calm a crying baby.
The Swinging Method: Some babies love to be swung in a blanket, so give that a try too.
The Shaking Method: This sounds dangerous, but according to some old time parents, a good shake can work wonders on a baby. Just be careful not to hurt your child!
What if none of these techniques work?
It may be that your baby is one of those exceptions to the witching hour rule. If every method in the book fails, you may simply have to wait it out. Try feeding your baby before you go to sleep and see if that helps. You could also try putting him/her in a dark, quite place (like a closet) if that helps. If all else fails, you might just want to wait until tomorrow, because all babies are different and witching hour is very unpredictable!
Good luck, parents!
you call as you enter the house.
“We’re in the kitchen!” your mom answers.
You walk into the kitchen to see your mom cooking and your dad… well, he’s nowhere to be seen. “Hey Mom.”
“Dinner will be ready soon, hun.
What do you think you father is doing?”
she asks. You shrug and then notice that there are two place settings at the kitchen table. “
Why is there two place settings?”
“Oh, your father planned a little dinner for the two of us. I guess he’s preoccupied at the moment.”
Do you know where he is?”
“Haven’t a clue, honey. He just said he had plans for the two of us.” Your mom then points to the refrigerator and gives you a wink. You open it and take out the picture that’s taped to the door. It’s a photo of you and your parents when you were little. You then open the drawer, take out the note that’s taped to the bottom, and read it.
You grab the keys from the note and go outside. In the driveway is a car you’ve never seen before. It’s a red convertible and almost looks brand new. You open the door and notice that there’s a CD player in the dashboard, so you put in the note that was taped to the CD case and listen to what your dad has to say.
“Hey, sweetie,” your dad’s voice says. “I know I’ve been working a lot lately, so I thought we could do something fun today. I parked the car around the corner. When you hear my voice again, it will be time to get into the car. I love you.”
At this point, your father’s voice starts again. “Get into the car now.” You follow the directions and make your way around the corner to see a red convertible with the top down. You get in and drive off to who knows where.
After driving around for two hours, you finally enter a long driveway leading up to a house. You’ve driven quite far from civilization and are probably miles away from home. You step out of the car and take in your surroundings. The sun is setting, so it’ll be dark soon. You then notice that your cell phone has no signal.
You take a deep breath and try to calm yourself. The house before you is large and two stories high. It seems bigger than it did in the photos you’ve seen.
Is this really where you’re gonna live?
Your father walks out the front door of the mansion and waves at you to come inside. You slowly make your way up the steps to the door, not knowing what to expect. As you enter the foyer, you drop your bag and look around in amazement. The walls seem to reflect a faint blue color and you notice that there are lots of paintings and photographs hung up all over the place. You feel like you’re in a museum! You’ve never seen so much art in one room.
“Welcome to your new home, honey,” your mother says, hugging you from behind. “I know it’s a lot to take in.”
“This place is huge!” you say in amazement.
“Yes, it is,” she says with a smile. “Let me give you the grand tour.”
As your mother shows you around the house, you learn that the large mansion actually has enough rooms to be a hotel and that you have your own personal bedroom. The place is so big that you could have a separate apartment in it and never see anyone if you wanted to. After the tour, you and your mother finally sit down to dinner with your father in the formal dining room. He’s hired a cook and a maid to take care of the house, but both disappear by the time you’re eating dinner.
So, do you like the house?”
your father asks.
“It’s amazing,” you reply. “I feel like I’m in a museum.”
“That’s good,” your father says.
Sources & references used in this article:
The witching hour by A Rice – 2010 – books.google.com
The Witching Hour by A Thomas – 1908 – Grosset & Dunlap
The Witching Hour by E Laird – 2010 – books.google.com