How To Soothe A Colicky Baby

It is very common for a baby to become colicky. Colic is simply incessant crying associated with abdominal pain related to gastrointestinal problems such as severe gas. There are tips on how to soothe a colicky baby.

Swaddle Baby

By swaddling a baby, they feel comforted since it is similar to the comforts of the womb. Swaddle the baby tight enough so that the baby cannot wiggle out or get arms or legs free to wave them around.


Shift Positions Often

If the baby is still crying being cradled, try a different position. Hold the baby face down in your arms with your hand under the baby’s belly and the head resting on your forearm. Sometimes the pressure being placed on the baby’s belly will relieve gas build up.

How To Soothe A Colicky Baby


Pacify Baby

Babies are calmed by having something to suck on. A pacifier is a way for the baby to have something to suck on without trying to feed the baby. It is being studied that pacifiers may help prevent sudden infant death syndrome.


Car Ride

The motion of the car is soothing for the baby. Many parents will buckle their babies into their car seats and go for a spin. Others are able to mimic the motion of the car by rocking back and forth gently.



Touching and gently massaging a baby who is colicky can sometimes help them relax and quiet down. A baby that has regular massages will generally cry less and sleep deeper than babies that are not.


Wear The Baby

Baby slings have become very popular and many mothers swear by them for a colicky baby. The sling puts the baby in direct contact with their caregiver and gives them a sense of security. They feel safe and secure while the person wearing the sling has their hands free to complete other tasks.