What is Colic?
Being a new mom, we are all told that babies cry and that this is the way that a baby naturally tells us what they need. We expect it. But some newborns, about 15 to 25 percent, cry a lot more than others and because we parents are biologically programmed to feel like "an alarm is going off" when they cry, having a colicky baby is really, really tough. Especially when our little ones cry inconsolably for no apparent reason -- they're not sick, hungry, hot, tired, wet, or chilled but are inexplicably miserable. This is what pediatricians call that colic.
Colic is not a disease nor diagnosis, but rather a subjective set of baffling behaviors. It's a catch-all term for problem crying in otherwise healthy babies — the problem being, there’s no solution to it besides the passing of time.
Doctors typically look to the "rule of threes" to determine if your child is colic: * 1. Crying bouts that start when a baby is about 3 weeks old (usually late in the day, although they can occur anytime) * 2. Crying which lasts more than three hours a day, on more than three days a week, for more than three weeks in a row. * 3. Typically peaks at 6 to 8 weeks and subsides by 3 to 4 months.
Best Natural Pacifiers For Colic Babies
Pacifiers, also lovingly called: a paci, a nuk, a binky, a dummy, are used all over the world to “pacify” babies, help them sleep, keep them relatively quiet, comfort them, and provide an outlet for the instinctive sucking that babies crave. They can be your best friend or your worst nightmare (when you can't find them).
Unfortunately, many conventional pacifiers still contain Bishpenol A or BPA. Therefore, when looking for the best pacifiers to help your colicky baby, natural may be the right way to go.
We've compiled a list of our top Green/Natural Pacifiers For Colicky Babies:
1. Hevea Pacifier
Hevea, a Danish company, is committed to health, sustainability, and the welfare of ourselves and our planet.
Their company name, Hevea is from the Latin name for the rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis. The natural rubber it produces is the foundation of our product range. Using natural rubber, rather than synthetic rubber made from oil, acts against climate change by increasing the number of trees and cutting back on the use of fossil fuels.
Original HEVEA Non-Toxic, Natural Rubber Star & Moon Pacifier, Orthodontic, 0-3 months, Plastic-Free
2. Ummy Pacifier
Ummy pacifiers are natural choice for health and environmentally-conscious parents. Their pacifiers and nipples are soft and flexible, making them a perfect fit for your baby, day or night.
The UMMY: BPA-free 100% Natural Rubber Pacifier with Round Nipple, 0-3 Months
The Eco-pacifier natural pacifiers and plastic-free teethers are sustainably made without chemical softeners or colorants. The soft natural rubber allows for the child’s plastic-free enjoyment, without leaving marks on the child’s face!