There's a reason your newborn looked like a burrito with a head when the nurses handed him to you for the first time; babies love to be swaddled. They were packed tightly in the womb for months, unable to move an uncontrollable arm or flailing leg, and they liked it that way. Receiving blankets are also great for draping over the portable car seat or stroller to shut out stimulation and make things a little darker in there.
Front carrier or baby sling
Colic is virtually unheard of in cultures that carry babies in slings for the first few months of life. Slings and carriers can be used for months. They're great for shopping, taking walks, and just wearing the baby around when she needs snuggle time to calm down.
Simethicone drops and gripe water can dissolve trapped air bubbles that may cause discomfort. While generally considered safe, consult with your child's pediatrician before giving your baby gas drops or any other medication.
Try a wet washcloth or chilled (not frozen) water-filled teething toy. A metal spoon dipped in ice water is a good alternative when the store-bought teethers hit the deck in restaurants! Medicated numbing ointments can help but will also numb baby's tongue and gums, so prepare for lots of drooling. Ask your doctor if acetaminophen or ibuprofen is in order.
Provide your baby with a pacifier, a finger, or a breast. Doctors say that sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain. Don't worry about which nipple shape is best—they're all fine—just look for a size appropriate to your child's age.
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