Need help calming a colicky 20 day old boy!!!

Tasha - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies! I've got a 20-day old boy who sleeps like an angel and can be very calm during the day, but the moment my husband and I crawl into bed for the night he starts screaming and crying for hours. We have tried everything from Gripe Water to taking him for car-rides to giving him warm baths before bed and nothing seems to calm him. When he does eventually fall asleep it only lasts for an hour-or-so. Any tips on making bedtime easier???

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Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Phi:

using the wrong gripe watter, go to a shoppe that sells stuff from england get the reall stuff it is more effective, also if you are using formula, try gentle formula or even lactose free and if you are breast feeding dont eat anything that is spicy or can give you gas, beans eggs broccoli all of these things in your dieat can cause gas in him


YES!  Watch what you are eating towards the end of the night - chocolate is often the cause of a lot of gas - but there are many things that can do that.  Also, make sure he is FULL - I breastfeed, and my supply is not always huge towards the end of the night - so I pump about 2-3 ounces during the day - and after my daughter's last feeding at night, I top it off with the 2-3 ounces in a bottle - that helps.  She is only 2 months and sleeping 6 hours in a row.



But you can also get one of those "snuggle nest" things - it's a co-sleeper, so he can sleep in bed with you - this at first will get you both some sleep, then you can move the snugglenest to his crib, and he will get more used to being in the crib at night.



Make sure the temp in his room is not too hot, and not too cold - my daughter can't sleep with anything on her feet or she gets too hot - and she has to be swaddled. White noise can help too - I use a fan. At that age, I don't know if it's colic - sounds like a normal 20-day old baby to me :) Night time doesn't get better for quite some time.

Phi - posted on 01/09/2010

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using the wrong gripe watter, go to a shoppe that sells stuff from england get the reall stuff it is more effective, also if you are using formula, try gentle formula or even lactose free and if you are breast feeding dont eat anything that is spicy or can give you gass, beans eggs broccoli all of these things in your dieat can cause gas in him

Sophia - posted on 01/09/2010

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I feel your pain!! My son did the same thing. He got over it after a couple weeks but all i did was (which i know is bad) let him sleep with me and then when he was REALLY alseep put him in a bassinet beside my bed.

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