Tips to Soothe a Fussy or Colic Baby
Your baby is used to being wrapped up in the soft walls of your womb that once kept her snug, preventing her arms and legs from frailing. Swaddling your baby when she is fussy and missing the fourth trimester, helps to mimic that womb-like condition and may instantly calm her down.
Parents tend to cradle a colicky baby face-up, but that may not help. Instead, hold her face down — with your hand under her belly and her head on your forearm. The pressure on her tummy can help turn on the calming reflex.
Make this sound right in your colicky baby’s ear. Don’t be timid. Shh loudly enough so that your baby can hear you over her own racket.
Turn On White Noise
A little white noise can help your baby feel like he’s back in the womb. There was a lot of whooshing and background noise in there. To re-create these soothing sounds, turn on a fan, put the bassinet near the dishwasher, run the vacuum, turn on the shower, or tune a radio to static. You want a constant, low-level sound.
Take a them on a Ride
Babies in the womb get used to a lot of motion. Get your baby moving and she may go right to sleep. With your baby swaddled and in your arms in that side facing position, sway from side to side in a quick rhythmic motion. All babies love to be rocked to sleep!
Get them Sucking!
Infants have a strong sucking instinct, so a pacifier is profoundly calming and can help your baby stop crying. Bonus: Studies show binkies may help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The soothing power of your own touch can work wonders on a colicky baby. Many babies love skin-to-skin contact. And studies show infants who are massaged seem to cry less and sleep better. Just undress your baby and use slow, firm strokes over her legs, arms, back, chest, and face. It may calm you down as well. Check with your pediatrician before using any oils or lotions on your baby.
For a gassy baby, rub his tummy in a clockwise motion, or bicycle his little legs to relieve some pressure.
Wear Your Baby
In many cultures, infants spend much of the day in slings on their mothers’ backs or chests. When you put a colicky baby in a sling or carrier, he can snuggle close and — with luck — may be lulled to sleep by your movement. Slings can also give your aching arms a rest or free a hand to fix a sandwich. just remember that there should be no cooking, eating, or drinking anything hot while carrying a baby in the swaddle.
See the Doctor
If you’re concerned about your baby’s crying, take him to the doctor. Your pediatrician can give you guidance and rule out any medical causes. Odds are there’s no special reason. Some babies just cry more than others. So the next time your baby’s wailing makes you wince, remember two things: It’s not your fault, and it won’t be like this forever.