As caregivers we know that babies cry as a way to communicate that they are hungry, tired, gassy, constipated, have a soiled diaper or feeling something wrong on their skin. So one thing to think about is reframing the idea that crying is a bad thing. Actually, crying is the only way your newborn can communicate, so listen to the cries and try to decipher the sounds and movements that tell how they are feeling. This will help you get back to snuggling, soothing and connecting with your little one.
Try to remember the times that your baby fusses most. Remember when your baby is most calm & sleeps best and what the conditions are so you can recreate that in the future. You can use an App to track your baby's sleeping and eating habits. This App, called Eat Sleep, is Free and user friendly.
This is a tried and true method for easing baby gas. It helps to move the gas down their developing digestive track and helps to push down the gas using your baby's leg movements. First gently lay your baby on his back, hold their feet and gently push both of the baby's knees up to his tummy and hold for 5-10 seconds at a time. Then do the same thing one leg at a time. Keep doing this for 10 minutes.
Gently put place your hand on your baby's tummy and with a little gentle pressure rub in circles, clockwise. You can do this over a body suit or on bare skin. The warmth and pressure from your hand plus the circular movements will help to move out the trapped gas bubbles and constipation. Some mothers like to use natural oils, like olive oil, on the tummy for smoother massages.
This is an easy, effective way to calm your baby. Hold your baby under the neck and under her bottom. Gently sway your body back and forth, while lifting your arms up & down at the same time. Your touch and the gentle movements will help to calm and soothe your baby. It will help you get some excercise!
Take your baby close to a water faucet and let the water run for a while. The sound of water is soothing and mimics the sounds of the womb, The sound of water also has relaxing properties for adults as well. If you have a small indoor fountain that plugs in or a fountain outside, this can help relax you and your baby.
Taking your baby out of one environment and into another can also change his mood. If the weather is permitting, walk outside for five to ten minutes and get some fresh air. The blue color of the sky and if there are trees, the green foliage nearby can have calming effects.
Belly banding is an age-old practice of reducing baby colic symptoms of gas and general fussiness without using any potentially harmful herbs or heating elements. No gas drops, gripe water or special teas, no tubes in tushies needed. Just an all natural external remedy for gas and colic. For centuries, parents across the globe in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, have relied on belly banding or abdominal binding, as it is often called, to reduce gassiness and stomach aches by simply wrapping a cloth, band, or abdominal binder around baby's waist and tummy, adding some pressure and warmth. The organic cotton MEMEENO Belly Band is an award-winning, doctor-recommended self-heating band that has helped to calm thousands of babies with gas, colic and constipation. The MEMEENO founder, Alie always says, "A little hug and a lot of warmth is all you need to soothe your baby."