Does it seem like baby is happy and content all day only to get fussy at night for no apparent reason? If you answered yes to this question, don’t worry, you aren’t alone.
Why does this happen?
1. Normal Development
During the first few months of life crying is part of baby’s normal development. Crying increases between 2 and 3 weeks and usually peaks around 6 to 8 weeks.
To help avoid having an overtired baby make sure they are getting enough naps in during the day and start your bedtime routine about an hour before you want your baby asleep. If you don’t already have one establish a bedtime routine, it can make a world of difference.
Try to avoid physical activity and loud animated verbal interactions with your baby in the 2-3 hours before bedtime.
4. Gas Pains
If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.
Colic is often identified by the rule of 3’s: begins within the first 3 weeks of life, lasts at least 3 hours a day, at least 3 times a week for at least 3 weeks. Our gripe water is a gentle and effective way to treat colic in babies. Massage has also been shown to help ease baby’s discomfort.
6. Less Attention
If you have older children baby may be getting less attention later in the day when their activities may be taking over.
What you can do.
1. Skin to Skin Contact
Baby’s really respond to skin to skin contact, if you can take off baby’s clothes and lay them on your bare chest. There are also some shirts now that allow for this type of kangaroo care.
2. Walk around
Holding baby or having baby in a carrier while walking around or bouncing can be a great way to calm baby.
3. Night Time Gripe Water
Mommy’s Bliss new night time gripe water is great to ease baby’s stomach discomfort from gas or colic and help them fall asleep.
Make sure you are burping after all feedings if you think gas might be the source of baby’s crying.
If you have any concerns always consult with your baby’s doctor.