Parenting Colic: Help Your Gagging, Fussing, Burping Baby

Tracking PixelThis post is sponsored by the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle, a feeding tool designed to reduce colic and gas pains for baby. The thoughts and opinions below are my own. 

Oh, colic. It’s such a scary word when you’re in the middle of those sleepless newborn nights. I didn’t even know what colic really was until we had our second child, Calvin, and found out just how much those little gas bubbles in the tummy could keep the whole house awake. In fact, I didn’t know that colic was related to gas. When I thought of “colicky babies”, I thought of parents who were unlucky enough to get fussy babies who liked to cry for no reason. It wasn’t until I read that a colicky baby is a hurting baby dealing with trapped gas and reflux discomfort that I realized how much of a preventable pain colic could be.

And yes, we’re living in that world right now. Mister Felix, our champion eater, barely fusses at all and happens to be the most laid back baby we’ve ever had. Doesn’t sound much like colic, right? Well, the only time he really gets going is after he eats. For a while there each meal was followed by twenty minutes of crying, back arching, frantic arm waving, and the inevitable spit-up explosion that made us wonder if he was keeping anything in. We finally realized that we need to really pay attention to his eating so we can keep him relaxed, burp him often, and try like anything to keep him from swallowing big bubbles of air.

Enter the Philips Avent Anti-Colic Bottle.

It was complete luck that I agreed to partner up and do a sponsored post featuring these bottles because I didn’t even know how much we were going to need them when I signed up. Now I’m thinking everyone needs to go home from the hospital with these in tow because this bottle would have really helped during those first couple of weeks when the numerous nightly feedings weren’t being broken up at all thanks to the fussing and spitting up! The difference between feeding with a standard bottle (even with a newborn nipple) and these is that the Anti-Colic bottle is designed to vent air back into the bottle during feeding, not into the baby’s mouth/tummy. That means there’s less air for us to chase out after the fact.

The nice thing about the design of this bottle is that it isn’t complicated to put together, even though it has that special venting system. In fact, it’s no harder than any standard bottle and it’s arguably easier to clean thanks to the wide neck.

Actress Sarah Chalkes is a new mom and she ended up dealing with colic as well. She made a video with Philips Avent to share her thoughts on the Anti-Colic bottle and you can view it here. I made my own video and while I definitely wasn’t famous-actress-fancy during our filming session, I do have the cutest Felix in the world on my lap happily going to town on his breakfast:

In addition to using the right tool to feed the baby, I figured out that my diet has an effect on how much gas and reflux he has to fight so I’ve eliminated things like dairy and spicy foods to try to pinpoint which ones make him fussier. I’ve even cut out caffeine and sugar (just in time for the holidays!) but I have to admit it’s worth it if it keeps his tummy happy.

We’ve also perfected our burping techniques so I wanted to share three of the burp holds that work the best for us:

1 /// Sitting up. Ok, I swear I’m not choking him in this picture! He’s sitting up on my lap and leaning forward slightly while I’m using my hand to prop his head up and keep it from falling forward. My other hand is patting and rubbing his back, trying to find those bubbles. It helps if you rock the baby back and forth a little bit (bending him gently at the waist like he’s bowing forward).

2 /// Angled on the lap. Felix is laying across my lap and I have one knee a little higher than the other so he’s raised with my knee pressing under his chest/tummy. This is a good one for waking baby up if he’s too tired to try burping, but I’ll warn you that this position seems to produce some pretty amazing diaper moments so use it with caution when you’re out and about.

3 /// Pressing with the heel of your hand. This is our go-to because it feels so good to bring him up for a cuddle when he’s done eating. I figured out that pressing firmly with the heel of my hand on the far side of his body and running my hand up and down is a lot more effective at releasing trapped gas than just patting him on the back is so we start with that now. You can also move baby up a little higher so your shoulder pushes against baby’s tummy, but I’ll warn you that the chances of him spitting up into your hair pretty much skyrocket if you do that. The cuddle is almost worth it…

I hope this information helps! Thank you to Philips Avent for giving me this opportunity to share all of this with you. It takes a village, people.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips Avent.


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  • Reply Karalee

    I’m certain I have another baby coming down the pipeline. I’ll keep this in mind

    January 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Tarah

    Colic is so rough tonight baby and parents. Glad the bottle is helping.

    January 14, 2017 at 12:55 am
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