6 Strange Ways to Soothe My 5-Month-Old’s Colic Cries
Post originally ran May 21, 2014.
I can't believe it, but my fourth child is already 5-months-old, and it's been quite the ride! He was a challenge to get pregnant with, we had a challenging pregnancy, and his newborn and infant stages had some unique-to-us challenges as well.
I know baby colic is not unusual, but it's a new experience for us! My older three children didn't have a tendency to cry for hours each night with no apparent cause, so soothing baby Silver has been all about trial and error. I asked friends of mine for their been-there-done-that tips on helping ease the colic, and while they had some amazing suggestions, Silver apparently likes to do things his own way.
When I say I was trying everything I could think of , I mean it. I have discovered that in doing so, I've found some weird, yet effective ways to help soothe my 5-month-old's cries. They're not all suggestions I would have found in a parenting book, and they don't necessarily make sense, but they work.
OK, so Silver isn't crying because he wants to play Minecraft, and I'm not one for the game either, but every time my oldest son plays the game, or even watches a tutorial on YouTube, Silver forgets about crying and is happy to watch. I don't know if it's the movement on the screen, the sound of the game, or the fact that his older brother talks constantly while playing, but it works.
Wipe his face with a baby wipe
We use cloth wipes for his diaper changes, so finding this trick took a little longer to discover. But now that we have discovered it, we rely on it a lot. If Silver is crying, all we need to do is take one of the disposable wipes (organic, chemical-free cotton because he has very sensitive skin) and gently stroke his face. I wipe it across his eyes, down his cheeks, and across his forehead, and in no time, he's back to calm. It's really sweet to see how well it works for him.
Turn on the bathroom fan
Ah, white noise–a wonderful thing for crying babies! We have tried a lot of different sounds, but it seems like combining the white-noise fan sound with moving to a bathroom with a mirror so he can stare at himself equals gold. Well, it equals a quieter, happier baby, really.
Put him in the bathtub
Silver loves water–like for real; love that I've never seen before because my older three kids still scream and put up a fight when it's time to shower. Not Silver, though. This little man loves his splash-in-water time, and I swear he'd be the happiest person ever if he lived in a pool.
“Air it out” time
Although he would live in water forever, it's not always the most practical to give him a bath. And in those moments I can't, all I do is the next best thing, which is give him his “air it out” time. I take everything off him, including his diaper, and lay him on his changing pad (on the floor), and he's as happy as can be. I don't know if it's the cool air, the freeness you get being in your birthday suit, or what, but it will nearly always calm a colic fit.
Just start laughing
Like really. If I just start laughing or ask one of my kids to, it shocks Silver, as he tries to figure out what that sound is, and then he stops crying. Sometimes, if we're lucky, he will start laughing, too–the big benefit of having older kids who the baby just adores.
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