Friday, July 30, 2010
You'll want to feed your baby whenever he's hungry, but otherwise he might find some comfort in a set routine — baths, walks, naps at certain dependable times. Your baby isn't watching the clock, of course, but he does carry a sense of the rhythm of his days.
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Anything that helps your baby calm down is priceless right now. For some babies, sucking is the ultimate soother. So you might want to try offering a pacifier, even if you ordinarily wouldn't. Or encourage your baby to suck on his finger by gently putting it in his mouth.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
A warm bath in the middle of your baby's colic time might distract and relax him enough to help. Some babies also love to be held in the shower, with the spray on their back. Your baby may enjoy the rhythmic beating of the warm water as well as the sound.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Some babies respond well to scent. Aromatherapists develop specific essential oil formulas for a variety of problems and conditions, from headaches and fatigue to anxiety and fear.
You might try one developed for calming and soothing nervousness. (Some are made specifically to help calm babies.) A spritz of chamomile in the bedroom or a lavender-scented bath might also do the trick (if not for your baby, then for you)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Think about how snug your baby was before his birth, and you'll have a good idea how wide the world seems to him right now. Swaddling — an ancient method of wrapping your infant in a blanket or cloth — can help a baby feel less out of control. You can try swaddling your baby during feedings if he has trouble focusing on his meal, or wrap him up before his usual colicky period or before you put him down to sleep.
Not only might swaddling help your colicky baby get to sleep, there's a good chance it will help him stay asleep, too. Researchers have found that babies who are swaddled sleep more soundly than those who aren't. That's because when a baby twitches during sleep, his own movements can wake him up. Swaddling keeps that little twitch from becoming a full-fledged flail he's unlikely to sleep through.
The swaddling technique is easy to master. Once you find that your baby loves to be swaddled, you may even want to invest in a special swaddling bunting.
While some babies are comforted by motion, noise, and activity, others need less stimulation and respond better to quiet, stillness, and darkness.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
If you've been indoors, it may help to take your baby out for a walk, either in the stroller, a sling, or a front pack. The new sights, sounds, and smells may distract him, and the fresh air and rhythmic movement of walking may calm him and allow him to fall asleep. On the other hand, if you've been out and about with your baby all morning, some quiet time at home might be just what he needs.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Many parents find that a ride in the car — with its movement, noise, and vibration — is the best remedy for colic. Buckle your baby into his car seat and go for a drive to get a change of scenery for you and (possibly) relief for your baby.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Put your baby on his back hold his feet and gently move his legs in a bicycling motion several times a day.(Diaper changes are a good time to try it.) For some babies this relieves gas and other tummy discomforts.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Babies are comforted by gentle motion of all kinds, so invest in a rocker, baby swing, or simple bouncer. Your baby might also find it soothing to be walked around the house in a front pack or sling. Keep in mind that he may prefer being held higher in the pack, close to your chest and your heartbeat. Try gently bouncing up and down in this position while hugging your baby close.