Soothing Your Baby
- Pace back and forth across the room with your baby in a carrier.
- Rock your baby.
- Place your baby across your lap on his belly and rub his back.
- Put your baby in a swing. The motion may have a soothing effect.
- Put your baby in his car seat and go for a ride. The vibration and movement of the car often calm a baby.
- Run the vacuum in the next room or place your baby where she can hear the clothes dryer. Steady rhythmic motion and sound may help her fall asleep.
- Play peaceful-sounding CDs, such as soothing ocean sounds or soft music.
- Give your baby a pacifier. While some breastfed babies may refuse it, it will provide instant relief for others.
- Give your baby infant gas drops.
If you suspect that gas might be causing your baby's colic, there are also some ways to ease the gas buildup in her little tummy. If you're bottlefeeding, try giving your baby soy milk or burping her more often during feedings. If you're breastfeeding, take a look at some of the foods you're eating that could lead to your baby having gas. Common foods that cause gas include cabbage, coffee, onions, chocolate, nuts, and dairy products. It may help to keep a diary of what you eat so that you can make a connection between your diet and when your baby's colic seems to act up.