If you have a newborn that is fussy due to symptoms of gas and colic, you know what it’s like to feel stressed and helpless. Luckily, there are ways to aid and comfort your baby through this painful time, like massage, stretching, and gripe water. It’s also important to remember to teach yourself how to cope with a fussy, irritable baby over long stretches of time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. A crying baby doesn’t mean that you’re a bad parent—it could be due to gas, colic, reflux or teething. Remember to relax, stay calm, and know the time will pass.
- Make sleep a priority. Your baby will need time to develop a consistent sleep pattern, so your 8 hours of solid sleep per night just went out the door. When your baby dozes off, so should you.
- Take some time for yourself. Let the other parent, a relative, or a babysitter take your baby while you go visit friends, see a movie, or hit the gym. Accept any help that is offered to you and make the most of it. New parents should schedule an occasional night just for the two to get out of the house and reconnect.
Colic is a difficult time for baby and parents, alike. Mommy’s Bliss is here to help you navigate through it.