Every single day like clockwork it would start at 3.45pm.
The crying, the pulling up of legs, the grimacing. She would be beside herself, our poor newborn baby girl. To make matters worse, the two of us as new parents without a clue were beside ourselves too.
Curly-locks our now three-year-old was what you would call a colicky baby. The upset was relentless for the first 12 weeks of her life with her crying from mid-afternoon until around 10ish most nights.
We knew having a newborn wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. We knew she would cry. We just didn’t expect it to be for hours on end for weeks on end.
We tried every trick in the bag, the white noise CD, the swaddling, the shushing, the jiggling up and down, infacol and the GREATEST saviour of all time – the baby swing. Some nights we had all of the above going simultaneously, while I obsessively googled variations on ‘why won’t my baby stop crying?’ desperately looking for answers, for something, anything that would work.
It is only now, three and a half years later, that I have stumbled upon (thanks to a generous fellow blogger) what I can only describe as the ultimate survival book for any parent who has a baby who just won’t stop crying.
Let me put it simply, if you have a baby who is crying for hours on end for days at a time, then you need to check out Jen Lester’s Survivor’s Guide to Colic. Don’t just wait out those first 12 weeks as some suggest, there are things you can do now to make life easier.
Jen is a mother who has been there before. She also happens to be a clever clogs who has done her research on colic to bring us desperate parents in our time of need easy to understand facts and survival tips.
Her comprehensive guide on colic includes baby whisperer settling secrets and magic techniques. It discusses the causes of colic and how to diagnose it, and offers a range of solutions to address those causes. Jen goes into detail with each of her techniques, what they involve, why they work and how they can work for you.
The thing I love about this book is that Jen has written it as though she is talking directly to you, her friend. Her words seem to reach out beyond the book to lend you support. Jen acknowledges the feelings you experience as a parent of an excessively crying baby. She makes you feel normal to have those feelings and gives you hope that things can improve.
Jen also knows that you are a parent of a newborn and don’t have time to read an encyclopedia on colic or wade through conflicting advice. She gives you the information you need to help stop your baby crying in a simple, no-nonsense way.
Jen is kindly giving away a free copy of her eBook Survivor’s Guide to Colic to one lucky Mummy, Wife, Me reader. To enter, tell us in the comments below about your experience with an unsettled baby.
This giveaway is now open until 5pm, Monday 24 March 2014.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 25 March 2014 via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
This giveaway is restricted to Australian residents only.
*Mummy, Wife, Me received a sample of this eBook for the purpose of this review and giveaway. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.