(Closed) Any moms have tips for colicky babies?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have heard people swear by Dr Karp’s 5 s’s he has a book and dvd called the happiest baby on the block.

Post # 4
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Happiest Baby on the Block– 5 S’s  helped us soothe the baby initially. Definitely recommend the video.

We thought our baby was colicky when we hit week 3 but really, she was just overtired because we were keeping her awake longer than 1-2 hours before getting her to nap again. She was way overstimulated, grouchy FUSSY TIL NO END and couldn’t get to sleep at the time she needed it which compounded our problem.  Week 3 and 4 were definitely the hardest for us.

I’ve learned that there’s like 100 ways you can soothe your baby to sleep or when crying, then you gotta figure out what/when works with your baby.  What does he/she like/dislike?  I feel like we tried EVERYTHING to answer this question and managed to keep our sanity by a thread until we answered the question.  My first question is if the baby is sleeping enough?….count up the hours.

This site covered most of what I had read in other sleep books (I read 3 more in desperation!)  and the white noise download even helped for awhile. HIGHLY RECOMMEND…READING THROUGH ALL THE TIPS.


Things not typically listed that ALSO worked in calming our highly sensitive baby who fought sleep and is now more or less very “normal” in week 5:

holding her while bouncing on an exercise/birthing ball

sleeping/relaxing in a form fitted swing or bouncer

nurse, nurse, nurse—full feedings

dim lights, controlled or very quiet or no environmental sounds when putting to sleep

bath before bedtime

infant massage; baby yoga “bicycle legs” movement when she is in the right mood

sucking on my pinkie (yes, never thought I’d stoop so low…but it had to be done)

patience….lots of it— sleep begets sleep

trade off or invite friends: reduces stress and you might learn a trick or two you haven’t thought of


I briefly regulated dairy and tried gas drops once or twice but that wasn’t it. I feel like I tried everything….it’s definitely a learning process. Hope your sis’ baby is not truly colicky. I can’t imagine….

Also, sometimes things don’t work one week, and the next week it suddenly works. Or it doesn’t work for one parent and the other parent does.

Post # 5
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve read in a lot of different sources that colic is frequently caused by the mother drinking milk (or eating lots of dairy) while breastfeeding.  Human babies are not meant to ingest that which is meant for cow babies (nor are adult humans, but whatever), and therefore have a very difficult time breaking down the proteins and whatnot that are in it.

Worth looking into anyway I’d imagine…  =)

Post # 8
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would give one dropper of catnip tea before nursing and that did the trick! This was recommended by our naturopath. I later found out that my mother and grandmother used the same trick! Three generations can’t be wrong!

Post # 9
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In my family almost everyone has colicky babies so one of the things that is usually sucessful for us is making and giving baby a tea made out of anise seed.  We just make it with the anise seed and water, no honey for baby, but it’s fine if you drink it yourself.

Post # 10
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

The 5 S’s!  Yoga ball and babywearing are also lifesavers.  If you need to know more about babywearing, let me know!

The whole milk intolerance thing usually manifests itself with bloody poop (been there done that!), so please don’t have her remove dairy from her diet unless absolutely necessary.  Breastfeeding moms need those nutrients!

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