5 Tips to Soothe a Crying or Colicky Baby

Bringing a newborn home for the first time is an overwhelming feeling. Parents are usually over the moon, and want to spend quality time with their new arrivals. Occasionally, plans for “family time” get interrupted and we find ourselves helpless, with a crying baby (or babies!) in our arms. We’ll ask ourselves questions such as: Is baby hungry? Is he too hot or too cold? Does he need a diaper change? Does he have colic? How about gas or digestive discomfort? And often times, we just don’t have the answer!

After getting caught in a few cycles of both of our twins crying one after the other, we realized that we were missing out on the joy of having two wonderful newborns. Wanting to have more family time, we decided to try a few techniques to calm our little guys. Luckily, we found a few things that worked and thought some of our readers might benefit from what we learned! You’ll get a pretty broad range of options from going for a drive, to trying the life-saving Gerber Soothe® Probiotic Colic Drops.

(Just a little heads up: I am not a medical professional of any sort, I’m simply sharing knowledge gained through experience. Always consult your doctor with any serious concerns! This post may contain affiliate links that help to keep this site running at no cost to you.)

1. Swaddle or Cuddle

Our little guys loved to be swaddled. They were premature, so I kept in mind that sometimes they might experience a sensory overload. If there was ever too much going on, they would tend to get a little upset, but calm right down when we swaddled them. These are the ones we used, in case you’re wondering!

2. Go for a Walk or Drive

Both boys loved the vibration from car rides and would fall asleep in 5 minutes or less. The JUST turned one and up until this point, this technique still works like a charm! Going on walks was also just as affective up until they were about 9 months. At that point, they were become very aware of their surroundings. This sometimes caused them to stay awake on walks, so they could check out the scenery.

3. White Noise/Singing

I don’t know about other little ones, but my twins LOVE noise. When they won’t calm down for a nap, I’ll turn a fan on, or a little toy that plays lullabies. I know many people that buy actual white noise machines, and I’m sure those are fantastic as well!

4. Massage

If you’ve followed me on Instagram, you may have seen a video of my son enjoying a scalp massage. All it takes it little stroking motions, or circular motions on their scalps. They grow relaxed and sometimes fall right asleep! You can also do an entire baby massage, but the scalp is usually enough for these guys.

5. Gerber® Soothe Probiotic Colic Drops

These drops are fantastic! Research has indicated that colic could depend on bacteria within an infant’s digestive tract. As a result, Gerber® created drops which include L. reuteri, to help balance the good bacteria. Studies have even shown that L. reuteri reduces crying time in infants, and is similar to the bacteria found in breastmilk. If you feel concerned with fussiness or colic, click here for an informative infographic! You can also view this video. Just an FYI- the drops can be added to bottles, or to the nipple if feeding directly from the breast. If you need more help, Gerber® has registered dietitians, as well as certified sleep and lactation consultants available to help at 1-800-203-4565.

Those are my favorite tips to help soothe little ones who are having a tough time with crying, fussiness, or even colic. Do you have any tips or experiences to add? I’d love to hear about your own #formulaforhappiness!

I received a free sample of (Gerber® Soothe probiotic colic drops.) from Gerber®. My thoughts and opinions are my own.


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19 thoughts on “5 Tips to Soothe a Crying or Colicky Baby

  1. I wish I had had these when my 2 yr old was a baby! I showed it to my mom and she wished the same. My little brother cried for the first 4 months. It is exhausting both physically and emotionally. I’m so glad you found some things that really work for your twins!

    • Thanks Jocelyne! Going for walks I think not only helped them, but me also! Fresh air was good for everyone!

  2. This is so helpful! I’m expecting #3 and I’ve been thinking that odds are she’ll be colicky, since my other two were fine and I just don’t believe I could be lucky enough to have 3 without it! 😅 I had it pretty bad when I was a baby and my mom said the car worked like a charm! She said she would even put me in a bouncer and set it on the dryer (with her right there) because the noise and motion would calm me right down. I’ll have to try these drops too if my baby’s colicky! Thanks for sharing!

    • Of course! That’s too funny about the dryer! Hey, whatever works:) Best of luck with baby #3 and congratulations!

  3. The swaddle! I always forget that one and it works so well. Also, a soft baby wrap and the “baby sensory stimulation” 2 min 56 second YouTube video.. I love the baby k’tan wrap and can still hold my 18 month old in it! The video worked like magic to calm my baby mid cry.

    • Thanks, Julie! I’m going to look that up, I’ve never heard of it! My friend Miranda told me about The Happy Song on youtube, her little seems to love it!

  4. I have a seriously colicky newborn and though I can always get her settled her dad can’t. We use the biogaia drops and I have noticed a difference but not enough for dear ole dad. We have tried all of the listed things. We run the vacuum a lot too.

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