Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

"My breastfed daughter had colic for the first 7 months! She was so fussy and sensitive. After 7 months she calmed down a lot, but is still at high-needs baby at 14 months. It is a very hard thing to go through, but it does get better. We tried everything to get it to go away, but I think it was just something she had to outgrow. Just make sure you are taking breaks (leave baby with Dad or babysitter) and spend some time alone to regroup. Also, being outside helped my daughter calm down."

"My baby too has colic, and the only thing to settle him down is the vacuum or car rides. My doctor just said it's something babies go through and will grow out of. He is only two months, but has been this way since he was three weeks old. He seems to be such an unhappy baby (during his fuss times) and I can't help comparing myself to a friend who has the "perfect" three-month-old. I am glad to see I am not the only one with a crying baby. Until he grows out of this stage, I guess we will have to spend a lot more on gas and electric!"

"The best thing I did was to take an infant massage course given at the hospital where we delivered. It made a big difference. If you can't find a course there are books available."

"My son was very fussy until six months. The best thing for us was a sling. I put him in it and went about my housework, for walks, it freed me up and it cut his crying in half. It took me a week to get used to using it but once I did I was never without it."

from the Parents of Parent Soup
Excerpt from the Copley News Service

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