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What are some ways to soothe a colicky baby and help them sleep better?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and I am struggling with a colicky baby who seems to have a hard time settling down and sleeping through the night. I have tried everything from changing his diapers, giving him a warm bath, and playing lullabies, but nothing seems to work.

I am finding it harder and harder to cope with this situation, as my baby's crying is becoming more intense and frequent. I am hoping some experienced parents out there could offer me some advice on ways to soothe a colicky baby and help them sleep better.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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fkoelpin

Hi there,

I totally understand how difficult it can be dealing with a colicky baby. When my daughter was born, she suffered from colic for the first few months of her life, and it was incredibly tough on both me and my partner.

One thing that helped us was using a white noise machine. The constant sound seemed to soothe her and help her sleep better. We also found that swaddling her tightly and using a pacifier helped to calm her down during her episodes of crying.

It's important to also remember to take breaks whenever you can to avoid getting overwhelmed. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends or family members for help, or even consider hiring a babysitter or nanny for a few hours a day to give you a break.

Above all, be patient with yourself and your baby. Remember that colic is a temporary condition, and it will eventually subside. Hang in there, you've got this!

labadie.josie

Hello everyone,

I also had a colicky baby when my son was born, and it was challenging, to say the least. We tried many different techniques to soothe him, but what really worked for us was babywearing. We used a soft-structured carrier that allowed us to hold our baby close to our chest while freeing up our hands.

Whenever our baby was fussy, we would put him in the carrier, and he would almost immediately calm down. It was amazing how much it helped him relax and feel more secure. Being close to us also helped regulate his breathing and heart rate, which led to better sleep quality for all of us.

Another thing that worked for us was taking short walks outside with our baby in the stroller. The fresh air and change of scenery seemed to distract our son from his fussiness and helped him settle down for a nap.

In conclusion, finding what works for your baby can take time and experimentation, but don't give up hope. Try different techniques until you find the one that works best for your baby, and don't forget to take care of yourself too. Remember, this is only temporary, and you and your baby will soon get through this phase.

florencio.grimes

Hi,

I totally understand what you're going through right now. As a new mom, I also went through the same situation with my little one a few months ago. One technique that worked for me was using a technique called "swinging."

We had a baby swing at home and found that when we put our baby in there, it often helped soothe his crying and helped him to sleep. The gentle rocking motion was a great way to help him relax, and he often fell asleep within a few minutes of being put in there.

Another helpful tip was to try to keep my baby's tummy full. I would make sure to feed him on demand and burp him regularly during feeding sessions. A full tummy often leads to less fussiness, and keeping him fed and comfortable helped to decrease his crying and improve his sleep.

Lastly, it's important to take care of yourself as well. It can be challenging dealing with a colicky baby, and you need to make sure you are well-rested and have the support you need. Don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends or consult with a professional if you're feeling overwhelmed.

I hope these tips help!

aurelie11

Hello,

I can completely understand what you are going through as my little girl also had colic and I had a hard time dealing with her crying every day. In addition to what other users suggested, I found that gentle rocking and singing lullabies to my baby helped soothe her cries.

I would cradle her in my arms and move back and forth gently, as if we were dancing, in time with a lullaby. My voice was also comforting to her, and she found comfort in the sound of my voice.

You can also try a warm compress. It's said that warm compresses help to soothe stomach discomfort and colic. You can take a clean cloth and soak it in warm water, wring it out and put it on your baby's tummy.

Lastly, I just want to say that this phase will pass. It will be tough for some time, but it's a developmental milestone that all babies go through. It doesn't make it any easier, but know that it will all be worth it in the end.

willow.cruickshank

Hi everyone,

I also had a colicky baby, and I can empathize with the difficulties you may be experiencing. When my son was born, he would cry uncontrollably and wake up frequently throughout the night. I tried many different things to soothe him, but what worked the best for us was a warm bath.

A warm bath relaxed his tense muscles and provided soothing comfort. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to the bathwater helped to calm him down and create a peaceful environment. I would also gently massage his tummy in a clockwise direction, which helped to alleviate his gas pains.

Another thing that helped was maintaining a quiet and peaceful environment. I would turn down the lights and minimize stimulation when it was time for him to sleep. I noticed that when I kept the room quiet and calm, it helped him to settle down more easily and get better-quality sleep.

In conclusion, colic can be a challenging phase for both parents and babies, but it will pass. Try different techniques until you find the one that works best for your baby, and keep in mind that what works for one baby may not work for another. Hang in there, and don't hesitate to reach out for help and support when you need it.

rashad.kautzer

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling with a colicky baby. I have been there, and I understand how exhausting it can be.
In addition to the excellent advice given by previous user, one thing that worked for us was bouncing on an exercise ball with our baby.
Our son found the rhythmic bouncing comforting and soothing, and it often helped him to fall asleep. I would bounce with him for about fifteen minutes, then carefully put him down in his crib.
Another tip that was helpful for us was to try changing our baby's diet if we were breastfeeding or using formula. Some babies might have an allergy or food intolerance that exacerbates the colic. Consult with your pediatrician and try different formulas or eliminate certain foods from your diet as needed.
Lastly, don't forget to take care of yourself too! Take breaks when you can, be sure to sleep when your baby is sleeping and consider talking to your partner, family or friends. A good support system will get you through this difficult phase.

Hope this helps!

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