If your baby is suffering with colic it can be an incredibly stressful time for both parent and baby. The hours of crying and a baby that will not settle no matter what you do. See our previous article ‘
how to help a baby with colic’, for our look at what is believed to cause colic and some natural and organic remedies to the symptoms and hopefully some ways to stop your baby crying for hours.
In this follow up ‘Best of’ we wanted to search the market place for what products are the best remedies for baby colic. We aim to bring you a top ten of these products. At natural and organic for baby we always strive to bring you the most natural and organic products and methods to solve problems or to make time with baby peaceful and happy.
However with some of our ‘best of’ products in this article we have found some remedies that may not be 100% natural or organic, however we feel they deserve a spot on our top ten, as they provide recommended possible relief for a baby suffering with colic. (So please forgive our deviation from our ethos on this one)
My first and top recommendation (If you are bottle feeding) is to swap to an anti-colic bottle. They help prevent colic by being specially designed to reduce the air bubbles in the milk, meaning your baby will suffer with fewer colic symptoms such as wind, reflux and fussing. I am recommending this Tommee Tippee set as it is very similar to the one I swapped to when my son Jack was a baby and suffered terribly with colic symptoms. Swapping his bottle made a huge difference.
(See my review full review of this kit.) I was also so impressed that I used similar bottles for my daughter Jessica and she did not ever suffer with any colic symptoms! Tommee Tippee tell us that their anti-colic bottles use a unique venting system to draw air bubbles away from milk during feeding. As your baby may develop colic symptoms by taking in too much air during feeding, these bottles help to stop the air mixing with the milk.
Another highly recommended remedy for colic is to give your baby a 12 degree incline whilst sleeping. this can pillow wedge can be placed under or above your moses basket/basonette/cot mattress. This raises the angle of your baby’s head and allows them to rest safely.
You can adjust the height of the baby wedge, More height will reduce baby’s reflux and colic symptoms. It is also great for if your baby has a blocked nose or cold or flu symtoms, as putting your baby at an angle will reduce nasal congestion, and for those who have already had a baby with a blocked nose, you will know how valuable it is to help baby with congestion.
This wonderful wedge pillow is without any chemical smell and does not contain latex, BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, lead or PBDE. So no nasty chemicals are going to get near your baby! It also comes with an organic cotton pillow cover, and is fully transportable.
Babocush tell us that their award winning new-born colic & reflux cushion comes with a complete built in heartbeat sound and vibration unit. They also tell us that it gives your baby much needed tummy time, giving relief from flat head syndrome. The babocush can be used on it’s own or can be connected to almost all rockers and bouncers.
They state that their babocush is soothing and comforting for your baby as they claim it gives your baby a peaceful womb like condition. By helping to keep the airways open and relaxed, babocush claim it reduces the time it takes to burp your baby and can therefore relieve gas, colic and reflux discomfort, which means happy baby happy you.
I had a very similar vibrating chair for Jack and believe me it was worth every penny just to have ten minutes break from the screaming and crying. Jack absolutley loved his.
Sweet Dreamers tell us that that Ewan the dream sheep has sold over 950,000 globally. Ewan the sheep combines sound with a comforting nightlight, which the lovely people at sweet dreamers tell us mimics the womb environment. So why does Ewan make it onto our top list of colic remedies?
It has been proven that white and pink noise do help ease the symptoms of colic induced pain. He also has a choice of three other sounds including rainfall, harp melody music and vacuum cleaner, all combined with a mums resting heartbeat. The tell us this sheep has magical soothing powers! He also comes with a nightlight feature and a twenty minute timer with automatic shut off. Saving you the inconvenience of getting out of bed to turn Ewan off.
As stated in our article about how to help a baby with colic, one of the natural remedies recommended was aromatherapy. In particular diffusing essential oils. An aromatherapy diffuser is wonderful and safe to be used around children and babies as there are no naked flames and no heat. A lot of diffusers have a light so can also be great as a night light for your little one. They also have an auto shut off built in for peace of mind and safety.
You just need to add a couple of drops of essential oil and your diffuser will create an infused mist, which helps calm and soothe your baby, and help with those colic symptoms. It is also ideal to help counteract the drying central heating.
Both Lavender and chamomile are naturally soothing and relaxing. they both calm the body and mind of your distressed baby. I would recommend bathing your baby with an organic bath oil that has these two oils in, but that is suitable for baby. You must be very careful as many pure essential oils cannot be used by baby’s below two years old. (
See our article on Are essential oils safe for baby’s?) Diffusing Lavender and chamomile is fine around your baby put one drop in of each oil, whilst you give your baby a massge with a premixed massage oil, that is suitable for your baby.
In our article how to help a baby with colic , I advised that using a warm compress can help soothe the symptoms of colic. I found this to be incredibly calming for Jack, however if you don’t want the inconvenience and worry of wetting a towel and letting it cool, or your baby might not like the feeling of wet when he is already distressed and in pain, then a warming pillow might be perfect for you and baby.
leschi tells us that Bao the panda stays warm for up to forty five minutes, and can be heated in a microwave or the oven. He is made of 100% organic wheat with a 100% fleece cover, which is machine washable at 30 degrees C. There is nothing better for tummy ache than an old school hot water bottle, but Leschi give you this safe and cute version, especially for children. I have to say, both Jack and Jessica (my son and daughter) still have their warming pillows and use them to this day. A warming pillow will be an investment for many poorly days and cold nights to come!
The chances are that whenever you mention colic, then someone is going to come up with gripe water as a solution. Gripe water is claimed to bring relief from wind and gripe. It is stated that it helps to break down trapped air bubbles that may be in your baby’s tummy causing cramps and spasms.
I’m going to be honest this product is expensive, however you pay for quality as it is organic, and if it works you will probably be hailing it a bargain. I personally did not find gripe water helped Jack, as he hated the taste and just spat it out. However when I analysed the reviews for this product most raved that it got those burps up almost straight away!
Mommy’s Bliss claim their probiotic drops give you baby much needed digestive relief by restoring those lost helpful gut flora. They state they keep things simple with just two ingredients. They claim to use a probiotic strain that has been the subject of over 800 scientific studies worldwide, and that just 5 drops can relieve gas, constipation and colic.
I never really considered probiotics for Jack. I personally feel they may be great if your baby has had to be on antibiotics, (as this is known to kill good gut bacteria). As I have no personal experience of using probiotic drops for colic, I analysed the reviews and it was a mixed conclusion, some hailed it a miracle whilst others thought the product was horrible. I guess it is another one of those trial and error products. But with so many people mentioning this as a remedy, I felt I had to include it in our top ten.
Neuner’s tell us that they only use organically grown herbs to make their award winning,100% natural and organic baby tea. It is sugar and caffeine free and contains chamomile and fennel, two herbs that are proven relief from the symptoms of colic. It also contains aniseed to provide a sweeter taste.
The tea is made by putting in boiling water, but then being allowed to cool for 7-10 minutes, stirring ocassionally. You must ensure that the tea is a safe temperature before giving to your baby! Neuner’s advise that this tea can be enjoyed anytime of day or night, so again may be ideal for those periods
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These top ten best remedies for baby colic have all either been recommended to us here at natural organic for baby, or I have personally used them or a version of them. Having a baby who is suffering with the symptoms of colic can be extremely exhausting and stressful.
It may be a case of trial and error for a while, as every baby and every remedy for that baby may be different. What is a miracle cure for one, can exasperate the situation for another. For me, many things that Jack loved, Jessica hated, no two babies are the same, they are their own little personalities and characters. I hope that you find a solution to your baby’s colic in one of the above remedies. It may take a combination, it may take them all, but i’m sure when you get that first night of no screaming , it will all be worth it.
Please feel free to ask any questions below. have you tried any of the remedies above? Have they helped your baby’s colic? Do you have any other recommendations for remedies that have relieved baby colic? Please feel free to leave any comments or advice, that may help our future Natural organic for baby readers.