Are you looking for Ways to Soothe a Baby with Colic? I was a first time mom with a colicky baby and I didn’t know what causes colic or how to make a colic baby sleep…how long colic lasts in a baby or the best sleeping position for a colicky baby I was at a loss!
What is colic? Colic is characterized by 3 or more hours of crying per day, 3 or more days per week, for more than 3 weeks. That’s a LOT of crying! We experienced it and know what it is!!!! Then we learned about this product and I only hope to help another mama by sharing with them!
The fact is...we didn’t know about this to try or we would have, because we tried anything and everything!
The fact is... she cried all the time.
The fact is… she had stomach irritations.
The fact is… she was allergic to dairy that she was getting through me since we breastfed.
The fact is... I googled everything I could.
The fact is… I would grasp anything I could and try anything to help this poor baby.
It was all new to me. AND this world was new to her. A doula told me over a conversation we had together that it’s not all about me as a mama adjusting but the baby is adjusting to being in this new world as well. It’s not easy on them. That thought has lingered with me even a year later. It really helped me through this fussy time, that at the time I didn’t think would end. But there is hope, mama, it does end. I promise.
Ways to Soothe a Baby with Colic
A few things that helped us during this time.
- Sucking. We made sure she had a pacie. The sucking is a calming affect to them.
- Baby Wearing. I was not a baby wearer because she didn’t like it, but a lot say that baby wearing even skin to skin really helps.
- Swinging. Most babies love their swings. I know our Elle did!
- Music or White Noise. This is very calming to babies, try it!
- Singing to her.
- Sympathize. Our poor baby couldn’t help it. Yet if you feel it’s too overwhelming and you are at your wits end please reach out to a family member or friend! Don’t ever “loose” it on your baby. Gerber has registered Dietitians, Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Baby Sleep Consultant to answer any questions. Gerber.com/experts or at 1-800-203-4565.
- Baby Massage. You can find all kinds of tips on this by googling or youtube it! Helping their gassy tummies and rubbing their bellies.
- Burping. After each feeding be sure they burp. Pat their backs, rub their sides. Help them relieve this gas!
- Walking around with her and lightly bouncing her.
- Bath time.
- Mama watch what you eat, if you are breastfeeding. Make sure it’s not gassy foods, this doesn’t help them at all!
- A probiotic helped us…and this one has to be amazing because it’s Gerber Soothe! This is a great read on more about Colic and Fussiness.
- Give yourself a break. Yes even if it’s just for an hour. Ask your hubby, a family member or friend to just come over and be with the baby to let you get out for an hour. It really does wonders and makes you feel somewhat normal again! I speak from experience!
- Change up your environment! Go outside for a walk or sit on your patio. Change it up. We all like it and sometimes this is soothing for your little one.
What I wish I had known (and believed)
It really does go away and they out grow it. Even though it makes for rough days and weeks, it too shall pass. I promise. It does. They won’t still be crying at 5 with gas pains and colic. They maybe crying but not like this excessive and you can’t do anything for them.
You are not the only one with a fussy baby. This is such a common problem for these babies. (Hence Gerber has made a very special and specific for them, HELLO!) When you are in the middle of it, especially as a first time mom, you feel like you are the only one that has a fussy baby. You aren’t. Everyone I talked to…well ALMOST everyone…had fussy babies.
Get off of social media and seeing all of your friends post about their perfectly, cuddly, sleeping baby. Ok some maybe like that but lets face it, that’s fake-book. The real world is when they have just spit up all over the floor or all the way down your shirt into your pants…they are screaming, while you’re trying to clean it up…all while you really just want to cry because you’re at your wits end. Hey Mama, it too shall pass, it’s just a season. Hang in there.
I’d love to chat with you if you feel like your drowning!!! Just comment and I’ll shoot you a message back!
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little one year old, Miss Elle, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!