Monday, October 13, 2014

8 Great Soothing Tools {for the fussy baby}


Obviously I am blogging from where we are in life right now, baby soothing techniques and devices are my everything. I've tried a lot: nary a piece of cheese has seen my lips in weeks and gripe water was Joseph's second source of sustenance for a while there, but in the end we are reconciled to the fact that God has given us an insanely gassy baby, and it is ok if he cries a lot. But! there are some things that help- let me share with you.

A few disclaimers: these are simply tools that we use to keep the all-out screaming fits to a minimum, but there are plenty of times- perhaps even a whole lot of times- when none of these tools do a damn thing and we just hold him until he will trade his screams for a soothing device. And obviously, they are simply things that work for me and that I think are great, maybe they won't work for you at all and maybe you hate them- that's ok, they're just ideas. Lastly, while all the links are Amazon affiliate links, that is pretty much just for fun because we do use every single one of these every single day. But, yes, if you click and buy, I may make 10 cents, so thank you.

In descending order, with #1 as my top choice and most used baby soothing device, all day, every day. Here we go!

8: SwaddleMe Swaddle- Joseph has actually grown out of all his swaddles, and since it wasn't making any major differences, I have discontinued using them (mostly because I don't want to fork out the $ for bigger ones.) They definitely played a role in getting him to sleep on his own at night for longer than 20 minutes. I have used other brands of swaddles, but I loved how well these held his arms in and how cozy they were.

7: HoMedics White Noise Machine- We have a few of these babies and for the 20 bones you shell out for one, I would definitely say they are totally worth it. Just last night Joseph was all in a tizzy and getting himself more and more worked up and I just walked in his room, turned out the lights and cranked up the noise machine and, miracle of miracles, within 15 minutes he was calm and fell asleep. I'm not saying it happens all the time, but it happened- sometimes I think babies just get over stimulated and the white noise helps calm them.

6: Mylicon Gas Drops(or any generic brand gas drops)- I do not know if these things actually help, but there is always a curiously coincidental massive passage of gas pretty immediately after giving them to Joe and he is much happier. I love that they have a dosage of up to 12 times per day, it just always makes me feel like I have something I can do, so I always have them around.

5: Fisher-Price Swing- We have an older version of this one, but it does the same thing- swings side to side and front to back. For a while baby J preferred side to side and now he rather enjoys front to back. It is a nice break for my arms and he will usually take one little (or sometimes big) nap in it a day, which I always appreciate.

4: ERGO babyBaby Carrier- This is generally what I use when I am out and about anywhere, and it always ensures minimal store screaming or park screaming and he pretty much always passes out in it. I am not a a big baby wearing fanatic, in fact I don't really like it for how much it hurts my back, but man it does do the soothing trick.

3: Moby Wrap -Same as above. It is super cumbersome to put on and he is getting big and it is uncomfortable to wear him but it always does the trick. Always.

2: Fisher-Price Bouncy Seat-I don't know what it is about how this thing cradles him, and I think it may be that he likes the suspended bouncy feeling, but this is where I put him the majority of the day if he is not in my arms. He naps in it most of the day (if he is not in above listed carriers) and sleeps in it at night since we have kicked him out of our room for most of the night. It was gifted to us with Naomi and each of our kids have loved it, but Joseph loves it the most.

1: Soothie Pacifier-I know not all babies take pacifiers and Naomi never did, but this soothie type has been a go-to for Bernadette, Lucy and now most especially with baby Joe. I am a slave to it most of the day which I kind of hate and I look forward to the day when he is actually "self soothing" and not completely dependent on me holding this thing in his mouth. However, I am very grateful that it works to keep the screaming to as much of a minimum as it can be during these days.

So there you have it, some tricks of my trade- I have loved hearing so many of yours, so do share if you have more!

13 comments :

  1. Oh...my first was a gassy soul! The only thing that helped? *gasp* Stomach sleeping. He screamed his dad off for the first 8 weeks of life before I surrender and ...he slept 5hrs straight the first morning. OH..and gas drops? They can't be absorbed......he got twice the dosage every time he ate...before..after...whenever. I loved my Dr. for endorsing both.

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    1. *Note...screaming your dad off is way worse than a head. Oops.

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    2. ha! love screaming his dad off- awesome

      and I will never! judge for tummy sleeping and will always! try it. we tried with joe and it totally failed- I had such high hopes! so glad it worked for you!!

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  2. Saving this for January... just in case.

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    1. what!?? how did i miss that???? congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Our second son was a very fussy baby (silent reflux and milk protein intolerance) and we used every single one of these things, except the Moby wrap (we had the baby K'tan). They were all life-savers, but we also had to accept that it was partially just the way he was, especially as a baby, and that crying was going to be part of his life and ours! So funny that you're relying on the exact same arsenal of stuff. Good luck and hang in there!

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  4. We relied so heavily on the Windi with our youngest (he's 3 months). Have you tried it? They are gross and weird and expensive but my goodness so worth it!

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  5. Oh how I wished Henry would be soothed by the swing, but it was NOT his cup of tea. Thankfully, we had borrowed one from a friend so we didn't have to shell out $150 for something he literally used 2 times. But the bouncy seat was totally his jam.

    These are all great ideas and I think we used/tried all of them. I gave up all dairy for 6+ months to help Henry's tummy issues. It worked like a charm but was torture for me. I LOVE milk. A little more than I should probably.

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  6. Hey, Ana! I'm a fellow alum/HH sister of Christina. Anyway, my 2nd baby had TERRIBLE colic from about 2 weeks until 6 weeks (like, HOURS of screaming every night.). Now, she's much much better (3 months today), thank GOD, but she still loves her Soothie paci. We laugh, because those things are so ugly, especially the way you can see right into their mouths, but they're the only paci our babies take! Also, I used Colic Calm (from Walgreens) and it helped a LOT during the crazy colic spells. It seems to relieve the gas cramps. I still use it about once/week when Magdalena has a gassy spell. Hope little Joe gets calmer as he grows! :)

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  7. I had to check this out! My last baby was three years ago and now that we are planning another, I need to brush up on all the latest necessities ;)

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  8. Oh, I have been praying for you! Our first never slept more than an hour at a time. He cried and cried. It ended up being food allergies and reflux, but took forever to get diagnosed. Removing all dairy helped a whole lot, but finally removing wheat and eggs in addition finally made him sleep--after he was a year old!!!! In the meantime we were sleep-deprived crazed parents, so desperate we even ran the vacuum to help him sleep. I ended up so many nights just sleeping holding him so his head was elevated...or he slept in his car seat. We bought an Amby for our second child in case he had the same problems. He didn't, but boy he slept well in that thing!

    Anyway, I started to comment only to say we are huge noise machine family. Love the Marpac brand. We went through too many Homedics. http://www.marpac.com I could probably come up with a similar list 11 years later of our favorite things to help sleep. Wish I had an Ergo back then....it would have made things a little easier for me. We would keep a heating pad in his bed so it would be warm when we put him down....we tried so many things!!!!

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  9. Okay so I realize I am a freshman in the mom department because I only have 2 (twins) and they are 3.5 years old, but I did breastfeed them for 15 months, for what that's worth. And they were born at 36 weeks ("late pre term" is the phrase I think the professionals use), and, man alive, did we have challenges with colic and reflux and gas. Times two. I found the best thing was to eat a super bland diet. I know, I know, I am like the neophyte talking to the pro, but I literally lived on oatmeal and bananas and tea for weeks and that really made a difference with their gas issues. Pardon the unsolicited advice, just wanted to share. Hang in there! What is that phrase from King Solomon? This too shall pass? :) He is really cute :)

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    1. Your son is cute! Not King Solomon. gah

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