7 Real Moms on How Long the Colic Lasted—And What We Did to Survive
At wit's end trying to soothe your colicky newborn? Check out the colic-relief tips seven moms swear by!
What Worked: Vacuum/Baby Bjorn Combo!
Name: Mollie O.
Location: Chicago, Ilinois
How long did colic last? My son’s colic started at about 1-week-old and lasted until he was 3 months.
What worked? I wrote several tips on our blog while we were in the thick of it. My favorite was loud white noise in the form of the vacuum cleaner running. We did double duty by placing our son in his snuggly Bjorn, which also helped, and then started in on a non-stop cleaning spree. Not only did the vacuum noise/baby carrier combo work to soothe the fussiness, but our carpets looked impeccable!
Photo Credit: STOLA Nursing Wear
Sunlight (And lots of it!)
Name: Meagan R.
Location: Toronto, Canada
How long did the colic last? My second son had classic colic, the kind that ended as abruptly as it started at 3 months of age, but felt like an eternity.
What worked? The only thing that seemed to soothe him was bringing him into the sun, or near a window when indoors. As soon as he felt the warmth on his face, he would stop crying. My mother spent her entire two-week visit standing in my backyard, gently bouncing my son, so I could recuperate and spend time with my eldest son. Fortunately, he was born mid-May and the weather was great, so it wasn’t as awful as it could’ve been had he been born even six or eight weeks earlier!
The "Magic Paci"
Name: Anna S.
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
How long did it last? My daughter’s colic began when she was about 3 weeks old and lasted until she was about 10-12 weeks old. She’d have her ups and downs throughout the day, but we would have chunks of two to three days at a time where she would cry constantly, for no apparent reason.
What worked? My husband and I came up with a combination that seemed to do the trick with her (most of the time): We dipped her pacifier into the gripe water (we called it the “Magic Paci”) and held her close to our bodies, swaddled, while we bounced up and down on a yoga ball. It sounds crazy, but 99 percent of the time, it was effective.
Name: Laura G.
Location: Houston, Texas
How long did the colic last? My daughter developed colic around 4 weeks old and while it seemed like it lasted forever I was fortunate in that by the time she was around 10 weeks old, it was over!
What worked? I was up ALL night, as mom’s with babies facing the same thing know–rocking, swaddling, dancing, white noise, gripe water, you name it, I tried it–with no happy ending and me exhausted and her still crying. One day after being awake for three days straight, I looked over in the corner to that unused exercise ball and said well if I sit on it and bounce that might work. IT WORKED!! I would hold her and sit on the giant exercise ball and slowly bounce up and down–she stopped crying–it was a miracle. I used this ball all the time to keep her happy and calm. As a matter of fact we had to go out of town when she was 6 weeks old, and I told my husband when packing to make room for the giant ball. There was no way I would leave home without it! I bounced–or someone bounced–on that ball nonstop for six weeks until it all stopped. We did find that once we got her calm enough and feeling better on the ball that after a few hours, we could transfer her to the swing for a while. I suggest this to every parent I meet who tells me about their baby’s colic. Try an exercise ball, it just might work!
One Word: Burrito!
Name: Jacqueline T.
How long did it last? Almost from the moment we got home from the hospital after she was born to a sudden stop at 3 months. This picture was the first photo I could really take of my daughter in which she wasn’t screaming or sleeping. You can still see the tears in her eyes!
What worked? To keep her calm, it was basically all swaddling all the time. I felt like I had given birth to a burrito. At changing time and other times when I had to take her out of the swaddle, the crying and fussiness would start up all over again–almost instantly. I took her to the doctor, but she said, yup, babies can get colic this bad. She then patted me on the back and suggested I invest in more swaddling blankets. The silver lining of all this? I could challenge anyone from Chipotle to a burrito wrap-off!
Name: Gwen L.
Location: Galveston, Texas
How long did the colic last?At six weeks, the crying began… and didn’t stop until about 13 weeks. During the day we might have a few hours of calm, but after 6 PM, forget about it!
What worked? I swaddled, I rocked, I blasted the white noise. Nothing I did worked. And then my husband tried calming him by singing the song that he had sung to my belly during pregnancy. He cuddled him really close so he could feel the vibration of his chest while he sang. Guess what? Instant calm. I immediately relinquished colic duties to my husband and went and took a nap. I have no idea why his singing worked (and mine didn’t), but it did and we got it through it. Whew!
The Kitchen Sink!
Name: Lexi T.
Location: Ontario, Canada
How long did it last? My son’s colic really only lasted about three weeks, from just after he turned two months to just shy of three months. It was shorter than most baby’s, but it was INTENSE! Gassiness, crying, fussiness for hours on end.
What worked?At first I would try one thing at a time. I gave him gripe water, but it didn’t help. I swaddled him, but it didn’t help. I played white noise, but it didn’t help. It was only when I started combining basically EVERY colic trick I could that we finally got some relief. So there I was with holding my swaddled baby, white noise blasting, rocking away, humming and singing, with some gripe water on hand to dip his pacifier in. My arms might have felt like they were falling off, but he stopped crying and was calm as could be.
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