As far as my hubby Jeremy and I can remember, Dessa was a peaceful baby who never cried. So imagine our surprise when Farrah came along and wouldn't stop crying. And it wasn't just a little bit here and there, but constant, top-of-her-lungs screaming. I was certain we were doing something wrong. Maybe we'd forgotten the secret trick to keeping newborns happy, or morphed overnight into bad parents?
Thankfully, a trip to the pediatrician soon revealed that we just had a baby with colic on our hands. For those who have not had the pleasure of having a colicky baby, the bottom line is that the baby cries—a lot. It's caused when newborns have immature digestive systems and is quite common. Poor Farrah had severe gas and her little body was taking its time figuring out how to get it all out. She got over it somewhere around three months, but the screaming when we first brought her home was unlike any I'd ever experienced. It really sucks. Your baby is crying her little heart out and there isn't much you can do to make it better.
I searched high and low for answers and found a few tricks to get by. Be warned, though, you can not cure a colicky baby. It's just something that passes on its own. Here are some of the things that worked for us, maybe they will work for you!
- Wear your baby. I bought a Moby Wrap and wore her as often as possible. She was comforted being close to me and slept like mad in it.
- Cradle your baby on their left side, which works naturally with the flow of their digestive track. I didn't buy it until I noticed she burped a lot when I held her this way.
- If you're baby is crying non-stop and you just need a few seconds of silence, try this yoga move from Itsy Bitsy Yoga. Hold your baby close and stand with your legs spread wide. Squat up and down in rhythm with their cries. This will buy you at least a few seconds of silence.
- Try to keep your baby upright after feedings or even feed your baby in a semi-upright position.
- Gripe water was hit or miss with us, but when it worked, it was heaven!
Have you struggled with a colicky baby? Please share any other tips you might have for new mami's below!