We've been fighting the colic monster for a few month now. When Lil' Peanut was in the hospital she didn't real make any noise, not even to eat. She was a quiet peaceful baby. Then she hit her gestation delivery date and it was all over. The time of peaceful “womb” like sleep and calm was over. But luckily I have a few tools on my side to make it better.
There are many things that can cause a fussy baby. Colic, hunger,a dirty bum or just plain sleepy. Make sure all of things things have been taken care of first to see if they will calm your screamer. In most cases babies just want to be back in their “happy place” which is that feeling they had while they were in the womb.
- Swaddle – Swaddling your baby restricts their movement mimicking how it was in your belly. Use a swaddling blanket to safely wrap your baby with their hands resting on their chest.
- Shhhosh – Everything sounds like white noise when you are under water so try getting close to your baby's ear and Shhhoshing or getting a white noise machine to mimic the sounds your baby is used to. Heart beats, ocean waves or even rain.
- Rock – No not like the concert, invest in a good swing, glider or bouncer that vibrates and has motion. The swaying will remind them of you walking. You can also do this by simply wearing your baby around. This tackles two of these tips. Motion and hearing your heart beat.
For gassy or colicky babies it may take all of these at once. I'm normally walking around my house in the evenings (when colic is the worst) with a swaddled Lil' Peanut rocking and shhhoshing in her ear trying to get her to finally go to sleep. There is a great product that I've discovered that is a natural and safe way to calm a fussy baby. The Happi Tummi.
The Happi Tummi is a band that goes around your little ones tummy. In the band you place a removable herbal pouch that contains things like lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, spearmint, wheat, flax seed and chamomile. You pop it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to warm and release the scents better. Then place it in the wrap around your baby's belly. Pediatrician Recommended and all natural. No more fighting to give your baby medication. The herbs release natural healing properties and in some cases are known to work immediately.
Hearing the testimonials from other about the help relieving reflow, constipation, gas and colic it's at the top of my list now for soothing my fussy baby because she has all of that!
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I wrote this article while participating in a campaign by Mompact and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.