I have no idea what took me so long to write this post. I had quite the experience with our first born, Liv and wanted to create a post about how we dealt with her colic during those first few months. I guess it was payback since my mom says that I was colicky until I was 9 months old!
How to Calm your Colicky Baby
First and foremost, having a colicky baby is HARD. It’s trying on your nerves, makes you feel as if you’re crazy at times and it’s important to take that needed break as much as you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you spend hours with a crying baby, tagging in another person is the best thing you can do. Go take a breath of fresh air and clear your mind. It will do wonders for your sanity (what little you may have left).
How to Calm your Colicky Baby
Colic is usually when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts in the first few weeks of life. Babies may experience increased crying in the evening and at night.
Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.
Many people ask, “how do you know your baby has colic?” Well in our case, our pediatrician just said “well, it’s colic and there is not much else to do”. Olivia would cry from around 4 pm until 11 pm every single night. It was heart wrenching to watch and my self esteem was in the gutter since I was a new mom and thought I was doing it all wrong. I felt absolutely terrible that this was happening and tried everything to make her better. In the end, only a few things actually helped but ultimately the major factor was TIME. Babies don’t like being naked a cold outside of the womb and they start to get more accustomed to that around 3 months, which ironically is when Olivia stopped crying altogether.
First and foremost, make sure that your baby doesn’t have a fever, has a clean diaper, is fed and doesn’t need anything else from you before you start looking for other options on how to calm them.
1.) Swaddling // Olivia loved to be swaddled up in a sleep sack with her arms in (Ellie liked hers out, every baby is different). Every evening around the time when she would get upset, we would bathe her and wrap her up like a burrito.
2.) Thunder Walking // This is a “bounce walk”. Honestly, I wish I did a video of this for you so that you could get an idea of what I mean. But, I would walk around the house with Liv in a wrap and I would thunder walk so that I bounced slightly while walking. Some days this would work and some days it wouldn’t, but it’s worth a shot!
3.) Rock N Play + shower + shower fan = peace + serenity. // Bring baby into the bathroom with you and put him/her in the rock n play. Take a long hot shower with the shower fan on. All of these noises combined will help relax baby and this has helped me many times. Actually, it’s great for you too since you get a shower in! 😉
4.) SHHHHHH // When you are shooshing the baby to sleep you want to make sure that you are doing it louder than they are screaming… otherwise, it’s useless! This along with thunder walking works pretty well!
5.) Baby Wrap + Vacuuming // Some babies won’t like the vacuum but Olivia did! I would wear her in the solly baby wrap and I would vacuum the whole house. It would usually put her to sleep!
6.) Nutrition // I am 100% pro breastfeeding and breastfed both of my babies (Liv until 14 months and Ellie still currently at 10 months) but I completely understand that it’s not possible for everyone. I respect this completely and there should be ZERO shame in it whatsoever. Choosing a formula can be tough and finding one that doesn’t constipate and upset your baby’s tummy is key. I have to start supplementing for the night feeding this past month and used this Gerber Soothe® formula. She seems to be doing really well with it and it even has probiotics in it which I really like. They also have Gerber Soothe® Probiotic Colic Drops and these are pretty darn cool. I have a few friends that have used them with their babies and reported that they did seem to help with their fussiness! If you are dealing with a fussy baby, I say it’s definitely worth a shot!
7. Sound Machine // Super high on my list of things you need for your baby is a sound machine. It helps them to fall and stay asleep. Both of my babies still sleep with one!
8.) Car or Stroller Ride // When all else fails, get out of the house! Hopefully it will help baby fall asleep and for you to gain your sanity back! Just make sure you aren’t too sleep deprived to drive 🙂
Gerber has different experts available (Registered Dietitians, Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Baby Sleep Consultant) to answer any questions. Get in contact here —> Gerber.com/experts or at 1-800-203-4565
Welp! That’s all the tips I have for now! Let me know in the comments if you have anything else to add! 🙂
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Thanks to Gerber® Soothe for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to speak about baby colic and excessive crying and the solution to the colic problem.I received a free sample of [Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula or Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops] from Gerber. My thoughts and opinions are my own.