Babies are very intelligent and fast-learners, however there will be times that your baby will feel discomfort and will need a little helping hand along the way. We offer advice on how to get rid of baby hiccups and how to relieve constipation in babies, as well as how to swaddle a baby and the things you can do to help your baby crawl.
How to get rid of baby hiccups
We’ve all experienced hiccups and many of us have tried different ways to relieve them – from eating a banana upside down to simply drinking a pint of water! So it’s natural that your baby will suffer from hiccups too, but their little minds won’t be able to work out what’s going on with their bodies, so they’ll need a bit of help from mum or dad to alleviate hiccups.
You can help get rid of baby hiccups by giving your baby a bottle or dummy – something they can suck on to help the hiccups, and to also distract them. If your baby is old enough, water can also help hiccups – otherwise it’s simply a matter of doing what will all do – waiting for them to stop! Hiccups shouldn’t be too uncomfortable for your baby, but it may confuse them for a short while!
How to relieve constipation in babies
Constipation isn’t anything too serious to worry about in your baby, especially if you are transitioning them from breastmilk to formula, or milk to solids. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the symptoms. You can look for signs of constipation by inspecting your baby’s stools and how often they pass a stool in a week – hard pellet-like stools that are passed fewer than 3 times a week are often clear signs of constipation in your baby. You can also look out for any discomfort and crying that your baby might show right before they pass a stool – a hard belly can also be a sign.
You can help relieve constipation in your baby by lightly massaging the stomach, or by introducing more water or juice into their diet (if they are eating solids). You can also ask your doctor about changing your baby’s formula if that seems to be the problem.
How to swaddle a baby
Babies, especially new borns, are used to the warmth and close comfort of being in their mothers womb – this needs to be replicated as much as possible when they are born to ease discomfort and help them feed and sleep better during the night.
Swaddling a baby is relatively simple – place a blanket, folded into a square, underneath your baby (the blanket should be in a position that resembles a diamond shape), making sure to fold down the top corner. Then simply fold over one side, then the other. You can also use this technique if you want your baby’s arms to be free to move around. Don’t be afraid to wrap them tightly, but you should make sure that there is relatively some movement underneath the blanket so your baby doesn’t feel uncomfortable.
How to help your baby crawl
It’s important to note that not all babies actually learn to crawl – some shuffle, whereas others go straight to standing and moving around. However you can help to teach your baby to crawl by placing them on their tummy at around three to four months old. From there, your baby will learn to push themselves up with their arms. You can encourage this by holding out a favourite toy or teddy – and soon enough your baby will be speeding along!