A baby suffering from colic is one of a parent’s worst nightmares.
While the exact cause of this digestive condition isn’t completely certain, its symptoms are all too familiar and extremely troublesome.
Up to 30 percent of babies are affected, and colic can last up until age four months or sometimes even longer.
We all know that babies get “fussy” when they’re hungry or need a diaper changed, but a truly colicky baby can actually cry for three hours or more a day for several days a week. A bout of the condition can last for a week or even longer.
The little boy or girl’s tummy might make a rumbling or gurgling sound, and no amount of normal soothing techniques will seem to calm him or her down.
All this, of course, can be extremely distressing for parents who are frantic about what’s going on and are losing even more sleep than usual.
Of course, a full examination by a qualified pediatrician or allergy specialist is essential in order to make sure that there isn’t some more serious condition in play. But, if it’s colic, there is no “cure” in the traditional sense so we’re basically forced to treat the symptoms and try to get through these periods with an absolute minimum of disruption and discomfort – for the baby and for the rest of the family.
So what should a parent do? Many moms and dads as well as health professionals have learned that a mechanical swing, properly used, can do wonders to get a baby through a worrisome episode of colic.
But not all swings are created alike, and some work better than others when it comes to easing the manifestations of colic.
Here is a trio that should definitely be considered:
Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing with AC Adapter, My Little Lamb
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Many parents say that the main benefit of this swing is that it is designed to move both front to back and side to side. This can be extremely important since colic can behave differently in different babies and a single pattern of movement won’t soothe and quiet all babies equally.
In addition, this swing has a generous menu of swinging speeds (six), which allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility. The more choices to find the right speed for a particular baby the better.
The seat reclines in three positions.
Elsewhere, this swing offers other features that can be useful in colic situations. Sound, as well as movement, can be soothing and this product offers a total of 10 melodies and three “nature sounds.”
At more than 21.6 pounds and 25.5 x 13 x 15 inches, this swing isn’t particularly portable but the latest model does include an AC adaptor as well as working with four “D” cell batteries.
It’s a bit on the expensive side when compared to others but will be worth every penny with a colicky baby is in the house.
Graco Simple Sway Swing
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This product only swings from side to side but does it in an unusually gentle and soothing way and has a variable speed control – an impressive six speeds in all.
One of them is bound to work for even the most colicky baby.
In addition, the swing provides two different speeds of vibration and the combination of swaying and vibrating could be just the tonic a colicky baby needs to feel better, settle down and finally get to sleep.
The Simple Sway weighs just over 17 pounds and has a small frame so it’s simple and convenient to move it from place to place.
There is also a selection of music and nature sounds and the device can be operated on batteries as well as AC power. The swing also comes complete with an attractive overhead mobile with a trio of soft and plush toys.
Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker
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Many parents of colicky babies swear by this ingenious offering from Graco.
What makes it unique is the fact that it’s really two products in one – it features a seat that does double duty as a rocker. With its easy-carry handle, this gives mom or dad the ability to move freely around while still keeping the baby close by.
There are three seating positions and the swing moves side to side as well as front to back, an important option when dealing with those colicky periods.
In addition, both the swing and rocker have a vibrating feature and the vibration has two adjustable speeds. Some colicky babies are better-soothed by vibration so this is an important, added bonus.
Otherwise, this product operates conveniently on both AC power and “D” cell batteries, another attractive and potentially cost-saving feature. It weighs in at 21 pounds and has an unusually plush and comfortable seat.