What is Colic?
Pain in the abdomen, usually caused by digestive discomforts. It can due to reflux, gas, food sensitivities, immature digestive and nervous systems, overstimulation, etc. Your baby is considered colicky if she cries for more than 3 hours a day on more than 3 days per week.
Remedies for Colic
A colicky baby can wear on a parent's nerves quickly. Do not shake your baby or leave your baby in a crib to cry. If you are feeling overwhelmed, get help from a friend, your partner, a relative, neighbor, or other trusted person. In the meantime, remember that your baby is very sensitive during this “fourth trimester” of life. Giving him the love he deserves will help him learn to trust in you. You are doing great, and many parents are going through the same thing at this very same time! Take care of yourself when you can so that you may have the energy to handle colic if and when it comes.
If you need more support, check out the resources page on my site or look into hiring a postpartum doula! Additionally, you can contact me directly.
Wearing your baby can be such a special memory. Babies just love to be snuggled up next to their mommas, dads, and other loving caregivers. If you are not a first time mother, you have the added advantage of keeping your hands can be free to help with other little ones.
Some parents choose to purchase a few different carriers so that they can wear their babies from newborn to toddler. I personally loved wearing my babies, and still do! My husband does to, and I think it makes him feel more involved in parenting, especially when he is away at work for most of the day. My own mother has even gotten in on the baby wearing love, proof that grandparents can reap the benefits as well!
Let's demystify the concept of baby wearing. There are so many benefits, so many types of carriers to choose from, and so many ways to go about it. Your approach will be unique to yours and your baby's needs. When you use baby wearing as a parenting tool, it can be an extremely effective way to strengthen your bond with your children!
Benefits for Baby (and Mom too!) from Babywearing International
Popularity is quickly on the rise so many carriers can be found in mainstream baby stores and specialty stores such as Target, Right Start, and secondhand stores. Online, there are many retailers including Etsy, Amazon, Diapers.com, and small online shops. Take care, with some carriers you may want to try it on before purchasing! A doula or postpartum doula can help you in your decision as well, as sometimes we have a variety of wraps to bring into your home and let you try on before making a final investment.
For more information
Hi, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Rose and I am a postpartum doula and mother of two residing just north of Chicago. Be sure to check out my site and email me with any questions or insights. I would love to hear from you!