A couple of months ago, Baby Goose started pinching me on the chest and neck. I don't even think I noticed it at first, but then after a couple of days I started to get sore. Now this has become Baby Goose's self-soothing mechanism and she cannot go to sleep without pinching.
It was funny at first...not funny, like "ha-ha," but funny like what a strange self-soothing mechanism. I'd never heard of a baby pinching to feel better. After a few weeks of a painful bedtime routine, I decided that it was time for some research and a change. To my surprise, Baby Goose is not the only baby that pinches to self soothe. In fact, I found a lot of mommas who had the same issue.
Don't get me wrong, I have tried a lot of things to get her to stop. I've introduced loveys, put on high neck shirts, placed a blanket in between her and I, held her hands down, placed my hand over the area as well as anything else I could think to do. None of them have worked. She either moves whatever is in her way of my chest/neck or she is unable to calm down and get comfortable. I'm sure what I'm lacking is consistency in any of these methods. If one of these substitutes doesn't work within a week, I try something else or I give in to her need. I have days when I'm at my whits end with the issue, mostly because my neck and chest are hurting so badly. Then there are other days, when I "suck it up" and think to myself that she will not do this forever and I will miss her needing me to soothe.
I try to be one of those mommas that believes that every stage of life will not last forever and I must enjoy each and every moment - even if it is a little annoying or in this case painful. If and when this pinching becomes something other than soothing (like out of anger, frustration or to be hurtful), I will change my attitude and technique. That type of behavior is unacceptable regardless of the stage of life. Thankfully, at this point, that is not Baby Goose's issue. For now, I will keep trying new ways to help her learn to self soothe and I will enjoy each and every painful second.
Do you have a baby that had the same type of self soothing mechanism? If you have any suggestions on helping Baby Goose find other ways to self soothe, I am happy and open to hearing them.