February 1, 2017

how to survive a grizzly bear...






Our daughter, the grizzly bear, went through bouts of severe colic for the first couple months of her life.  Her colic has mostly subsided now that she is three months old, but for about two months we dreaded the hours of 6-9pm.  It was during these colicky hours that she turned into something reminiscent of a grizzly bear whose cubs had been taken from her.  She just became angry at the world. We would do all the proper checks to ensure she was not uncomfortable or in pain.  Once we had checked everything, all we could do was take a hint from Hootie & the Blowfish, hold her and let her cry...




Ways to survive a grizzly bear, otherwise known as Vivian...

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Feed it...Just throw food at it...whether it's salmon and honey or formula and breastmilk... (OK, please don't feed your baby salmon and honey...) Feed the thing!  Even if they are off schedule and are not due to have a bottle for another hour, screw it...just feed them! Honestly, that will not mess up their schedule that much.

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Swaddle it...So this would probably be pretty impossible to do to a grizzly bear, but swaddle the babe.  Swaddling has really helped us with Viv's bedtime routine and with getting her calm.  We have tried several swaddles, but one of the best ones we tried has been the Ollie Swaddle by The Ollie World. The material is so soft and stretchy and is designed to keep your baby from overheating.  It has velcro fasteners and a tie at the bottom for you to tie off the swaddle, making it tailored to your baby's height and allowing you to change their diaper without un-swaddling them! Genius, right!?



This is a swaddle that is really great for babies that like a tighter swaddle, but it is adjustable and made for babies to grow in.  It stays secure and is made of breathable material.  It comes in beautiful delicate colors and can be used to swaddle with babies arms in or out.  Vivian did not care to be swaddled with her arms inside the Ollie swaddle, but she loves being swaddled with her arms out. She really enjoys being in it while doing tummy time.  All in all, this is a really great swaddle that I highly recommend in your quest to tame the grizzly bear...




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Bounce it...no, not like a basketball.  Take your swaddled cub around the house and add an extra bounce in your step.  Try sitting on the washing machine with your baby so they feel the vibration.  A friend of mine swears by bouncing on an exercise ball while holding the baby during their colic episodes.  Babies seem to like vibration and movement, I guess because that is what they were used to in utero...maybe the movement is to help calm ourselves down when all you want to do is rock back and forth in a dark corner because you are so traumatized by the colicky screams... 

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Fetal Position...When all else fails, just go to the fetal position and remember: "this too shall pass."  At three months old, Vivian's colic is phasing itself out.  In the thick of it, it feels like it is never going to end and you are asking yourself how in the hell are you going to survive? Trust me, you will!  Just do everything you can to make your baby feel loved while they cry...



***This post is sponsored by The Ollie Swaddle, but all opinions are my own***


Here's hoping y'alls babies don't have colic, but whether they do or not you need to try the Ollie Swaddle!

1 comment:

Bella Ramos said...

These are very great tips! Your baby is so beautiful and very photogenic!! :)