I know I haven't been a mom for long.... but I've already learned one of the tricks of the trade. The art of distraction is fundamental in avoiding chaos, going insane, and yelling regretful and angry rhetorical questions which your child is most likely, unable to answer.
It starts simple. A soft humming. Some rocking. A swaddle. A song sung.
It tends to change over time. A game of peek-a-boo. A new toy. Something colorful. Something that makes noise.
At some point, it becomes food. Or anything electronic that is not a toy until it appeases a cry or a potential tantrum. That is.. until the child learns to speak. Or whine. (Not synonymous though deceptively confusing at times...)
For now.. I'm enjoying the simplicity of distracting Jordan. The iPhone is off limits, normally. It has been pulled out for emergencies and has successfully distracted him without fail.
p.s. It works with your significant others as well.