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I was shopping in Target the other day, you know that is my favorite place, and I saw that Little Remedies® has a new product called Advanced Colic Relief Drops in the baby aisle. Where was this 20 months ago when my daughter was born?! I could have really used this to help with her colic. When your baby is suffering from colic, it makes you feel so helpless. I did survive it, even though sometimes I didn’t think I would, and you can too! Here are some ways you can keep your sanity when your baby has colic.
1) Ask for Help
I can’t stress this enough. Since my daughter was my first baby, I felt like I wanted to do everything myself. I quickly found out that this just isn’t possible. Take all the help you can get. If people don’t offer, ask for their help. Let a trusted friend or family member come and take the baby for an hour or two so that you can take a walk or just take a shower without all of the crying. Ask if they will spend the night once a week so that they can get up with the baby a few times so you can get an hour or two of some much needed sleep. If you can’t get anyone to come over and you are reaching your tipping point, just lay your baby in the crib and shut the door. They will be perfectly safe in the crib while you go outside for 5 minutes to collect yourself. I had to do this several times.
2) Don’t Worry about the Housework
I am a bit OCD when it comes to my home. It doesn’t have to be sparkling clean but I can’t stand clutter everywhere. I was trying to deal with a colicky baby and keep my house tidy. It just made me even more stressed and exhausted. Let others help you or if you can afford it, hire a maid to come once a week for a few months. No one really cares if your house is dirty, you just had a baby! If it bothers them, let them clean it :).
3) Invest in a Good pair of Headphones
Sometimes, your baby is just going to cry no matter what you do. Once I had fed her, changed her, bounced her, and did everything I could think of to make her stop crying, I would just sit down with her and rock her. She would still be screaming and I knew there was nothing else I could do but let her cry and hold her. I would pull up some soothing music or listen to a podcast on my phone. This would help drown out the noise but I knew that she was safe and that I was giving her the attention that she needed.
4) Take Good Notes at the Pediatrician
Your doctor is there to answer any and all questions so don’t be shy. I told my doctor to talk to me like I had no idea what I was doing, let’s be honest, I didn’t! I would write down everything she told us to try and the time of day and dosage to give her. You will be sleep deprived so write everything down to save you time from calling the doctor’s office later.
One of the things that did work for my daughter was the Little Remedies® Gas Drops. This was something that my pediatrician recommended and I am so glad she did! I would give them to my daughter after every feeding and it seemed to make her feel a little bit better. It literally worked in minutes! As a parent, this was a life saver! It cut down on the crying and I highly recommend it. Target has a sweet deal on the Little Remedies® products. When you buy 2 of the gas drops or grip water, you will get a $5 Target gift card! This deal begins 9/27 and runs through 10/17.
I have to say that I am a bit jealous of all the new parents out there because Little Remedies® has their new product, Advanced Colic Relief Drops, available. I really wish I had the opportunity to give them a try when my daughter was an infant. This is a dietary supplement and there are no Artificial flavors, colors, dyes or alcohol so you can feel safe giving this to your baby. To help you save some money, Target has a 20% off cartwheel offer on the Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief Drops. You can use it through 10/27.
Talk to your doctor before you give your baby anything, but I do highly recommend the Little Remedies® brand. I have used a lot of their products and they always work for us. You can check out the Little Remedies® page for some great video content, as well as free samples and even a chance for a few lucky moms to win an in-person rescue from the Little Remedies® Rescue Team. Who couldn’t use that?! All you have to do is tweet @LittleRemedies or post on Facebook using the campaign hashtag #LittleRescue. Little Remedies® will respond to you with tips and advice from pediatricians and nutrition experts for soothing their little one, as well as special offers and great product samples!
If your baby does have colic, please know that you are not alone and that it truly does get better. My daughter got over it when she was about 4 months old. It was a long four months! Let us know what has worked for you or feel free to vent in the comments. I know that this sometimes helps :).