I've received a couple of emails lately asking how G's gassiness/colic has been lately. First of all, thank you so much for asking! It means a lot to know that you're thinking of us. And second, it has gotten better. He's still very gassy but his tolerance is increasing and we are learning more ways to help soothe him.
Speaking of soothing him, I've also had several readers who are in the same situation reach out and ask for any pearls of wisdom that we've gathered over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, we haven't really found anything that has gotten rid of the gas all together, but we've found two things that are extremely effective in soothing him. I am in no way an expert, but I thought I'd share those two things here.
1) White noise. We have a white noise machine (I believe it's from The Sharper Image) and we each have a white noise app on our phones that we use religiously.
As you can see, this isn't one of those fancy "imitates the noise in the womb" sound machines, it just has your basic relaxing sounds. The sounds we most commonly use on the machine and through the app are beach waves crashing, waterfall, and heavy rain.
We use the machine when G is sleeping, but we also use it during his screaming, gas fits. The key is to get the noise loud enough that it drowns out his cries. Sometimes it takes awhile for him to calm down enough to hear it, but he eventually does.
95% of the time if you hold him and use white noise, he calms down.
2) Swaddling. When white noise alone doesn't do the trick, we swaddle G and use the white noise to calm him down. This has never failed to calm him.
I always thought swaddling seemed weird and mean, I mean they seem so confined, but the idea is to imitate the womb. Swaddling is our #1 trick to calming him down. Gunner has even gotten to the point that he begins to calm down as you swaddle him. It's as if he knows that the relief is coming.
Our boy is not a little guy. He currently weighs in at 11 pounds and is about 23-24 inches long. He's also pretty stinkin strong. For the first few weeks of his life, we were able just to swaddle him in a blanket and that worked fine. He is now much stronger and much more coordinated and is able to Houdini out in no time. Last week, we bought a package of SwaddleMe blankets (seen here) from Target. It's much easier to swaddle him now and he cannot break out. The part that goes around the feet is like a little bag, and the part that pins down the arms uses velcro to keep it tight.
Like I said, I am certainly no expert, but these things have helped us during many a tiring night. Obviously neither thing gets rid of the gas, but it helps soothe the baby which is almost just as good.
If you have any other tips on how to help prevent gas or soothe a gassy baby, leave them in the comment section. I'd love to hear em, and I'm sure there are others who would like to hear them too.