Frazzled parents helped since September 1996:
The Lampkin Fussy Baby Page - FREE internet site with artwork to soothe the savage beasts!
As a new father (ok, that was back in 1996), I have been on the never-ending quest to find something that will settle my shrieking kids especially during a diaper change when, obviously, it is impossible to hold her. Thanks to a friend's suggestion and some research, I believe I have found a simple but effective solution.
As a graphic designer by profession*, my first inclination was to develop a visual solution. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 - The Complete and Authoritative Guide book, a baby's vision at one week after birth is approximately 8 to 15 inches (incidentally, about the distance from the breast to mom's eyes!) and by one month the baby can focus briefly on things as far away as three feet. A baby can easily focus on objects (or art) with great contrast, such as black and white objects. The more contrast in a pattern, the more it will attract the baby's attention.
Therefore I have developed a series of pictures and patterns which are more attractive to babies from the age of newborn and to about 12 months. I hope you and your baby enjoy them.
What you will find here are two different approaches:
The "slide show" consists of several images that will appear on your browser for about 10-15 seconds and then automatically change to the next image. This will loop continuously until you hit the stop button at the bottom of the page.
The "poster" consists of all the images that are in the "slide show" version. You can download this to your computer or you can print it out and post it beside your baby's changing table. Also keep a copy of it in your baby's changing bag and in the car!!
Hopefully you will bookmark this site and use it during those inconsolable incidences. (If nothing else, the poster is fun to rip up!!)
* Yes, I know the design of this page looks absolutely terrible, but I've just kept original 1990's style design for fun. And sorry about the ads...they help defray the cost of this site since my "baby" is in college now. :)
(MAY 14, 1999) -Hey, by the way, Amy Kincheloe of the Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) wrote a feature on this web site and it was subsequently sent out over the AP wire. Karla Jackson of the Tampa Tribune (Florida) also ran the story May 15, 1999. I believe it has run in other papers, but I don't know which ones. Have you seen it in your local paper? Just for fun, drop me a line and let me know in which paper you saw it. Thanks! -- Mike