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
THINGS THAT ALMOST ALWAYS WORK: FREQUENT NURSING, HOLDING
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.