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How to survive a colicky baby
2016-03-18 09:53:06
Practical, lifesaving tips for surviving a colicky baby.

It’s OK to feel angry: I can’t think of one single person who could endure hours and hours of high-pitched screaming without wanting to snap. It’s OK – dare I say even normal – to wrestle with weird feelings about your fussy baby. You love him or her, absolutely. But you’re also feeling defeated, guilty, annoyed, confused, frustrated, and about a million other emotions we’re taught moms just aren’t supposed to have when it comes to their babies.

Know when to walk away: Speaking of that angry feeling, when it reaches peak levels, know that it’s time to put baby down in a safe place and walk away. There will certainly be times when all your best calming efforts do nothing but make your child even more upset. If you feel like you can’t soldier on with patience and gentleness, lay your little one down in his or her crib, close the door quietly, and give yourself a breather. Make yourself a cup of tea, call your mom, burst into tears, whatever you need to do to blow off a little steam for a few minutes. When you’ve regained your composure, get back to your son or daughter and try, try again.

Seek out support: In the first months of my baby’s life, the two of us spent nearly every day at my sister’s house. She had a one-year-old and there was something about being around a seasoned mom that made me feel like everything would be OK. Call a good friend, find a therapist, even look up parent support groups online. Erickson University in Chicago, IL has a Fussy Baby Network that sends specialized counselors out for home visits to help you cope. If you’re not in the area, they have a free, national hotline for parents who need a listening ear and some fresh techniques for calming their kids.

Invest in a baby carrier: If your fussy baby is the type who never wants to be put down, then get thee to the baby store. I tried every carrier on the market and found that carrying my baby in a stretchy wrap allowed for a snug, customizable fit that made her feel comfortable and secure. Most babies are calmed by gentle movements, so wearing your little one while you do household chores, run your errands, etc may make for a more blissed out baby.

Treat this situation like a challenge and eventually you’ll find the little tweaks and techniques that offer soothing comfort to your little one.

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