I stumbled across this old ring of index cards when I was rummaging through our basement last week. I know it doesn’t look like much, but this little ring changed my life. The idea is genius, and I just know some of you need to make one of your own.
A Survival Guide for Fussy Babies
This little ring holds 6 index cards that are full of strategies for keeping our fussy son happy. My son’s therapists helped me choose some coping strategies to write on the cards–personalized for my child–and I clipped the ring to his diaper bag. It went with him everywhere.
Before I put together this little guide, my little guy wasn’t happy in the care of others. These personalized tips helped the caregivers know exactly what to do when my son was unhappy. The caregivers were happier because they knew what to do when he was upset, and my son was happier because he was getting the input he needed to stay calm and comfortable in his little world.
How It’s Made
The card are laminated (this is the laminator we have at home, or you can head to someplace like Staples, Office Depot, or Kinko’s for that). I punched holes in them and threaded them on to a metal ring. (A keychain would also work.)
The ring can be personalized based on context: you can add or remove cards depending on where you’ll be, you can add a bedtime routine, food instructions, whatever. Our cards were full of information for coping with sensory processing disorder, as you can see.
What I’d Do Differently
I’d change a few things f I were making a new ring today: I’d give a little more information about my son and sensory processing disorder, and explain more what I meant by “organized.” I’d include his age and weight on the card. And I’d be sure to put a great big Thank You in there somewhere.
Do you have experience with calming fussy babies (yours or someone else’s)? What’s your best tip?