A baby with colic is very distressing and upsetting for both parent and infant, as it seems at times as if nothing is helping to ease your baby’s discomfort or pain. Unfortunately, colic is a very common complaint with babies from a few weeks old, and can result in your baby crying solidly for hours in a row, for weeks at a time – and you guessed it, with hardly a moment of rest for either of you.
But what can you do to help a baby with colic?
One of the most commonly suggested methods for helping to soothe a colicky baby is to hold them in the ‘over the shoulder’ position against your body, which can help settle and soothe fussy babies. This might be fine for a while, but it’s hardly practical to do this all day – you’ll need to eat, use the bathroom, do some chores, or spend time with your other kids if you have them. But what is the solution?
Thankfully, the answer is clear – the Babocush newborn comfort cushion. Designed by Kerry Nevins, busy mum of two, she knows first-hand what it’s like to cope with a new born with has colic, so can completely empathise with what you’re going through. The inspired design of the Babocush includes a heartbeat sound and a gentle vibration to help soothe and settle your upset little one, but most importantly it holds your baby securely mimicking the over the shoulder position which colicky babies love, giving you a few minutes to yourself again.
Another common tip to soothe a colicky baby is to swaddle them, as experts suggest it feels comforting and secure, like being in the womb. The Babocush includes a 5 strap cushioned harness, so that your baby can be safely strapped in and held securely, providing a few moments of peace for you both.
Changing the position you hold your baby can also help relieve colicky symptoms, and the Babocush provides a safe and comfortable way to give your baby some tummy time. Tummy time is also essential to prevent flat head syndrome, which can happen when a baby lies on their back for prolonged periods of time. It’s also a great position for bringing up trapped wind and gas – often this is a common reason for the constant crying.
Another way to soothe a colicky baby is to gently bounce or rock them. The Babocush is great for this too, as it can be attached very easily to a rocker or bouncer using two secure straps. If you need help choosing a rocker, we recommend the 4moms mamaRoo infant seat, which lots of our customers have used alongside their Babocush to provide relief and comfort to their unsettled babies.If you are still stressed by managing your colicky baby, don’t forget to talk to your partner, family or friends about it – it’s ok to ask for help when you need a break, and you will do a better job of taking care of your family when you’ve had a little while to yourself to look after your own health and wellbeing. Also, take comfort in the fact that it won’t last forever – most babies grow out of colic by 4 or 5 months.