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The Colic Survival Guide

This is a sponsored blog post written by MAM. Real solutions for real parenting.

Colic is tough on babies, but it can be just as tough on parents! Baby’s crying seems endless and parents feel a combination of stress over what’s causing it and frustration when they try everything, but nothing seems to work. You may feel helpless at seeing your little one so unhappy, and the sleep deprivation that builds up over time can begin to strip away any remaining shred of sanity you might have had.

To help you survive colic (with your sanity intact!), we’ve compiled a list of useful tips and information.

A Common Cause

The buildup of air in a baby’s stomach is one of the common causes of colic, which makes them feel bloated and uncomfortable. It can come from a number of things, but one of the main culprits is often the wrong baby bottle.

The Anti Colic Bottle

MAM’s Anti Colic Bottle is a great option for preventing air from getting in breast milk or formula. Its vented base controls airflow and evens out pressure, which creates a smooth stream of milk. Since it reduces the amount of air your baby swallows, it should reduce the discomfort and crying that come with it. And bonus for you: there aren’t tons of small parts to deal with and it can be sterilized in the microwave in minutes.  The Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple used on this bottle feels more like mom’s, which can make switching between breast and bottle easier.

Other Preventative Tricks

Hold baby upright during feeding and let gravity do its work. Milk or formula will move smoothly through the body in this position, which will help avoid air bubbles that can make them uncomfortable.

Feed before he starts to cry. If a baby is crying at feeding time, he’s more likely to gulp air with the meal. The less air swallowed, the less discomfort later.

Some Days, Colic Just Happens

Sometimes, no matter what you do, baby gets colicky. When that happens, here are a few things that help ease an uncomfortable belly.

A light tummy rub often works. You can also try putting baby across your knees, belly down, and giving him a light back rub.

The Baby Bicycle is a massage technique that’s also popular. Just lay baby on his back and move his legs in a bicycle motion. Diaper changing can be a good time to try this.

Burping helps too. And there’s no need to wait until the end of the meal, you can burp every few minutes during it.

There’s good news!

Colic doesn’t last forever. It usually starts 4-6 weeks after birth, and ends once the baby gets to 3-4 months. It’s also very common. Close to 40% of babies experience colic, so 40% of moms go through what you’re going through right now.

Plus, more good news!

Right now through August 23rd, enter to win $300 worth of goodies from MAM, plus a $200 Visa gift card!

PHOTO: Photo Courtesy of MAM