I’m 23 weeks pregnant. In 18ish weeks, there’s going to be another baby living here. I guess it’s time to, like, start getting ready? With the help of Wellements Probiotic Gripe Water, I’m stocking up on the most important things for those first few weeks and sharing some colic survival tips with you in this sponsored post.
Preparing for our 4th baby is quite different than prepping for our first. With the first, it was like, “Buy all the cute things!” But with this one, it’s like, “Do we have stuff to keep us sane if this baby has colic?”
Because all those cute things did nothing for us when our first had colic, so we know what our real priorities are now.
If you’ve lived with a colicky baby once, the experience will haunt you forever. We’ve been so lucky that the other two were mostly “easy” babies (relatively speaking, of course), but since you never know, we’re totally going to be prepared for this one to turn into Satan’s spawn 6-10 hours a day. Just in case.
Our colic routine 8 years ago, once we finally had one down, went something like:
1. Swaddle super tight.
2. Turn on white noise. Back then it was the actual sound of a vacuum cleaner burned to a CD. (Luckily, now there are apps that are far safer than running a vacuum cleaner for an hour.)
3. Bounce and bounce and REALLY BOUNCE while holding him on the yoga ball or put him in the bouncy seat and do it that way.
4. Once he calmed a bit, put a boob in his mouth because, of course, on top of all of that, he wouldn’t take any kind of artificial nipple.
5. Give him a little gripe water.
6. Cry while drinking.
So this time around, I’m ready to go with several swaddling blankets and sacks that I know we can easily get snug and secure, some pacifiers and, of course, my breasts (but please, oh please, take a pacifier sometimes, baby), my white noise app (this one is my favorite), the bouncy seat, our trusty yoga ball, and some Wellements Probiotic Gripe Water. And wine.
8 years ago, the brand of gripe water I used wasn’t organic, and it certainly didn’t have the added benefit of probiotics.
Wellements Probiotic Gripe Water is certified organic, preservative free, and safe for everyday use from day one with baby, and can help ease gassy, colicky, and upset tummies. Why is the addition of probiotics so key?
Babies are born with a virtually untouched systems and their first exposure to bacteria happens as they pass through the birth canal. While they receive their first “inoculation” during birth, giving your baby probiotics early on can ensure they receive the beneficial bacteria they need to properly colonize their intestines with healthy microflora. A healthy gut can set the stage for good health as they grow, strengthening digestion and building a strong immune system. – WellementsBaby.com
No need to hunt it down at a specialty store. You can find it on the shelves at your local Walgreens as of today, or online at Amazon. By the way, they also have other products for babies, like teething oil and constipation relief.
FINGERS CROSSED I don’t have to put Operation Survive Colic into place, but if we do, we’ll be prepared. We may not be prepared to put baby to sleep in a fancy crib or dress him in all the cute things, but we will be ready to soothe Satan’s spawn.
Thanks to Wellements Baby for sponsoring this post. For more information, check out their Wellements Facebook page.