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What is Colic?…and what helps?

What is Colic?…and what helps?

Colic is defined (according to Webmd, Wikipedia,  BabyCenter.com, and a host of other sources) as consistently recurring episodes of crying in healthy babies.  “Consistently recurring” has further been defined as 3 hours per day, 3 days per week, for 3 weeks….straight.  And that’s just to diagnose it -- Colic may last for months.

Colic manifests itself in up to 40% of babies, most often begins within the first 3 weeks after birth, and can last for several months.  Most parents of babies with Colic report that their baby will begin crying for no apparent reason, but that the episodes generally tend to occur in the late afternoon or early evening.  Although some studies have shown a higher percentage of babies born of smoking mothers develop Colic and other studies have shown that a lesser percentage of breastfed babies experience Colic, there really is no evidence pinpointing a cause for Colic.  

Some experts feel that Colic can be a physical release triggered by sensitivity to light, noise, or surroundings.  Others think it may be a result of bacterial imbalance in the intestines.  Parents of a baby with Colic will attest that it is an excruciating experience for the baby and can be a very frustrating and stressful situation for the parents.  Although there is some comfort in the knowledge that your Colicky baby is healthy, it can make a parent feel helpless not knowing what caused it or how to deal with it.  Not to mention the notion that it may go on for another few months!

What helps?  There are dozens of would-be remedies and techniques on the market and/or internet today like special bottles, gas drops, pacifiers, swaddling, rocking, burping and many, many more.  Once you have determined that your baby isn’t crying due to a messy diaper, an empty stomach or some other obvious irritation, you may want to try and reduce the incoming stimuli such as light and noise.

Keep in mind that your baby will not die of Colic.  You might think YOU will, but your baby won’t.  In order to keep your sanity, ask for help from your spouse, a friend, or a baby sitter.  If you need to leave your baby in their crib for a bit while you calm your nerves – THAT’s OK!  Step into another room and take a break… or a shower… or an ibuprofen…or all three!

How Long Should Baby Be Awake?

How Long Should Baby Be Awake?

Sometimes as a mom you wonder if your baby is sleeping too much or not enough. We understand the struggle and created this guideline to help you know how much sleep your baby should be getting.

1 Month

Your baby should be awake about 45-60 minutes between naps because they are still growing so much their little bodies are exhausted. They should be napping 3-5 times a day for 1-3 hours.

2-3 Months

Your baby should be awake about 1 hour between each nap, taking about 3-4 naps, 1-3 hour naps a day.

3-6 Months

Your baby should be awake 1 -1 ½ hours between naps. Your baby should be napping 3-4 times a day for 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours.

6-9 Months

Baby should be up for about 2-3 hours between taking naps. Your baby should be taking 2-3 naps, 45 minutes – 2 hours in length.

1-2 Years

Your baby should be awake for 3-4 hours between naps, taking 1-2 times a day for 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours.

2-4 Years

Your baby should be up for 5-7 hours, taking 1 nap for about 1-2 hours.

Pantry Organization Tricks

Pantry Organization Tricks

  1. Clear Containers

Instead of hunting through tons of cardboard boxes try putting them all in clear containers to keep a uniform tidiness. Everything looks much cleaner and organized and snacks are easy to find. Plus you can find the perfect clear bins to fit your shelves more efficiently.

  1. Storage Baskets

For all those kid-friendly and individually packaged snacks, storage baskets are an easy go-to for an organized clean look. Then your kids know right where to go when picking a snack and your pantry doesn’t look like a tornado tore through it when they’re finished.

  1. Lazy Susan

Instead of just having dead-end space in the corners of your pantry try a Lazy Susan so you can use every inch of space possible. It’s a great spot to keep spices or things like oil and vanilla.

  1. Measuring cups

For products you frequently measure, keep a cup inside the container. It perfect for things such as flour, sugar, and even your morning oats.

  1. Wire Baskets

For perfect produce storage, buy stackable wire baskets. You can store things like potatoes, squash, and onions in them.

  1. Corral Cans

If you buy bulk-canned goods, the Can Rack is a great option to keep a tidy looking pantry.