Poor little Vivian! She struggles a bit with tummy troubles, and her tears and frustrated expressions break my heart. I think she has sensitivities to some of the foods I eat, so I’m trying my best to avoid things that I think might be causing her distress. So far I’ve figured out that Brussels sprouts and beans seem to be culprits, so I’ve cut those out of my diet, and fellow moms have suggested I limit dairy, so that will likely be the next food group to go.
I didn’t experience this issue while breastfeeding Evie and Mack, so Vivian’s fussiness is a new parenting challenge for me. Here are some ways I soothe Vivian when her tummy troubles take over:
1. Swaddle: Something about the snug security of a good swaddle seems to calm her frazzled nerves. She settles into my arms and I can easily see her start to relax. Sometimes she’ll want to suck on a pacifier while I rock her.
2. Tummy Time: Resting on her tummy provides temporary relief for little Viv. Perhaps its the pressure or maybe its just the change of position, but she calms down for a bit. Sometimes I’ll lay her on my lap or on my forearm if I think she wants tummy time while being held.
3. Take a Shower: Baby Vivian loves coming in the shower with me, and this seems especially true whenever she has tummy troubles. The warm water relaxes her tiny body, and she seems to appreciate the extra cuddles and attention she gets when its just the two of us. Plus, she can nurse peacefully while the water gently eases her pain. Its a special time for both of us.
4. Shushing and Singing: When she’s not especially angry, a gentle “shush” sound helps, as does singing a sweet and simple song. I often resort to my college’s alma mater because it is very quiet and calming. Whatever works!
How do you handle a fussy or colicky baby?
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