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How to Soothe a Colicky Baby? 5 Steps That You Need to Master!

If you are a hands-on mom, I bet that you experienced the real battle of waking up at wee hours of the night because you need to tend to your crying baby that won't sleep in the crib. With my firstborn, I remember it clearly that I was crying too because I do not know what to do. All my tricks, dance steps, clown faces, hugs, and rocking was never sufficient. I had no idea how to soothe a colicky baby!

Giving up, I had no choice but to call my mom to help me out. As grandmas are experts, I learned the “colic carry” most comfortably and lovingly. You are lucky! You got articles like this to read and help you in times that you feel desperate.

Therefore, make sure to master the steps on how to soothe a colicky baby, and you will never lose hours of sleep!


What is colic?

Colic is an intense, extended, and constant crying of an infant. Colicky babies wake up crying and fussing for an extended period. It may occur on infants about 2-3 weeks old and continues for months. This state could make the parents so frustrated and exhausted for having to carry the infant for long hours. 

What are the symptoms of colic?

Colic may happen to almost all newborns. It is essential to know the symptoms so you can address the situation in the right way. However, if you notice some manifestations, it is crucial that you get a piece of advice from a doctor and get your child a check-up.

These are some of the symptoms of colic:

What are the possible causes of colic?

The truth is the cause of colic is still unknown. If you are unaware, you may be wondering as a parent on what you have done to make your baby cry. There might be no specific cause of colic, but these factors may contribute to why it happens:

  • Early symptoms of childhood migraine
  • The digestive system is not fully developed yet.
  • Many have problems with food allergies.
  • Babies can feel the stress that comes into the family.
  • The baby is not burping frequently.
  • May have been overfeeding or were underfed
  • Having imbalance of healthy bacteria
  • Trapped gas

How to soothe your colicky baby?

There are many possible ways to soothe colicky babies. However, your baby may show different reactions in every method. Find the best technique that your baby loves to help you avoid stressful nights. The “Warm Bath Treatment” is my child’s favorite back in the days.

The treatment calms my baby in no time. The warm water helps in diverting the baby’s attention instead of fussing over the pain in the tummy. Hence, I choose to share this method with you and learn how to soothe a colicky baby.

Prepare what you need.

  • Baby’s bathtub to serve as his/her mini pool. Choose a tub that has a safe design. I prefer the kind that is not too shallow or deep.
  • Warm water to soothe the baby
  • Lavender oil is an essential oil that stimulates sleep.

Fill the bathtub of warm water and add the lavender oil.  

In filling, make sure that the water is just enough to cover the baby’s half body. Also, the warm water should not be too hot (between 110 to 90F) just enough for the baby to bear. Add five to six drops of lavender oil and mix it very well.

Slowly carry your baby into the tub.

Make your baby as comfortable as possible. Hold his/her hand tightly. Always keep an eye on her.

Massage the tummy lightly.

With your hands, massage the baby’s tummy lightly. The massage will help in relieving the trapped gas and the pain in the abdominal area of the baby. Here is a video showing you how to properly massage a colicky baby.

Wipe her with a towel to dry.

After the warm bath, the baby could get very sleepy, so dry your baby with clean towels and put him/her to a comfortable sleep.  


Experience makes parents experts. As one, all the challenges make you strong. This may be the reason why you are more relaxed and calm when dealing with the next baby. How to soothe a colicky baby is one of the most difficult challenges of taking care of your child.

The stress of not having enough sleep, tired of rocking the baby, the frustration of not knowing what to do, and the feeling of helplessness often are the unforgettable dilemma that you have to undergo in this situation. However, when you found the proper way of dealing with it, it is easy to forget. Maybe it is because now, you can lovingly enjoy watching your baby falling asleep!

Sarah Palmer

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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