A baby is said to have colic if she cries for more than three hours a day. Even if your baby doesn't meet the definition, hearing your baby cry and not being able to soothe her is a severe trial for any parent. Here the parents of Parent Soup share some of their best tips for calming a crying baby.
Borrow Before You Buy
"I had heard from a friend of mine that a vibrating chair worked wonders for her baby's colic. My words of advice to you: If you want to try this method, borrow one before you buy. I thought that my son would love the chair, but now that I bought it he hates to sit in it. It doesn't work for every child."
A New Use for Peppermint
"I have a very easy home remedy for colic! Place a piece of peppermint candy in one ounce of warm water until dissolved. Babies love the taste and it has a very calming effect."
"My daughter is fussy, but I'm here to tell you parents that it does get better. Now that she is seven months old we have maybe one or two fussy nights a month. What worked for us was: nursing on demand, wearing her in a sling as much as possible, and bathing with her when the crying got uncontrollable. I also instituted the family bed in our house, something I never thought I'd do. But this has worked for us and you need to experiment and find what works for you."
Respect Your Baby's Schedule
"What I have found is that some babies need more sleep than others and get extremely cranky if they are up too long. My son is this way. He was unbelievably cranky until we learned to get him to sleep as soon as he got tired. I have a white noise machine in his crib and that seems to help. It is so much better than when he was a newborn screaming all the time -- I just need to follow his schedule."