Survivor’s Guide to Colic – eBook review and giveaway

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.

survivor's guide to colic

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.

51 comments on Survivor’s Guide to Colic – eBook review and giveaway

  1. Lauren
    March 18, 2014 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee, those first few months must have been so hard. I can’t imagine how distressing it must have been for you all, especially as first time parents. Fortunately we haven’t experienced colic with our boys. Thank you for sharing this e-book, hopefully it will help a lot of parents out there. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, I’m sure it will, Lauren. When I read it I knew I had to let people know about it xx

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    March 18, 2014 at 6:21 am (3 years ago)

    Mothering is a tough gig, isn’t it? Especially in the early days while you’re trying to find your rhythm. And then there’s colic. Even tougher. We’ve been lucky this time {touch wood}. X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad to hear it, Bec. Colic is not fun at all x

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  3. Emily
    March 18, 2014 at 6:35 am (3 years ago)

    I’m sorry you had such a rough time of it! Our bub cried too, but we knew exactly why – he had reflux. You could hear it in his throat. Maybe he had colic, too – who knew, behind that reflux? Anything could have been going on! Great giveaway – good luck to all who enter.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh reflux is not fun, Emily. You poor thing. My sister and a friend of mine had children with reflux. I don’t envy you.

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  4. Lydia C. Lee
    March 18, 2014 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

    test

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  5. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    March 18, 2014 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    My first-born has chronic reflux, so from 4 weeks old til she was walking, it was horrific, she was always in discomfort, had to be medicated, vomited EVERY DAY, night – I really thought parenting sucked. But we got through it. Nice to give others a guide on how to tackle it Ren x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh that sounds awful and to have it for such a long time. That is just not fair for your little girl or for you. I bet you look back now and wonder how you made it through x

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  6. Twitchy
    March 18, 2014 at 10:04 am (3 years ago)

    GAH where was this book 6-7 years ago? We had the same thing you describe exactly, but it was more between 5-6pm at it’s worst. I would try to make my boy’s dinner with his baby sister in a sling, then she got too big…YES the swing was the BEST THING EVER. But even if I pre-prepared the meal and only had to heat and serve it up the yelling could be really stressful for all. Months like this- I shan’t forget it! #teamIBOT

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

      I know right?! I definitely could have done with this book back then. Having a colicky baby with another child to look after too would have been tough, tough, tough. You won’t be forgetting that anytime soon.

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  7. Erin
    March 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Our third child had colic, bad, so bad. One day our 4yr old begged, “can we send him back”. eventually I realised if I avoided ALL forms of dairy, and gave him a little medicine which coated his insides before feeding he improved

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Oh no, Erin. It must have been bad if your four year old wanted to send him back πŸ™‚ I’m glad you finally found the answer!

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  8. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    March 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee, this brings back scary memories for me! Thank goodness we discovered the baby swing too, it was our saviour. This book will be a fabulous help to those who need it. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure will, Lisa. As are the baby swings. We couldn’t live without ours x

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  9. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    March 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Our little miss was colicky too. A total nightmare. The poor little thing and we tried everything that you did too.

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    • Jen
      March 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Renee, thank you so much for the review!! Incredibly grateful for your support in spreading the word.
      Thanks to you and everyone else who has shared their stories here – I think it makes such a difference to others going through it, if they can see that they are not alone!

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      • mummywifeme
        mummywifeme
        March 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

        Yes definitely, Jen. It helps to share these stories and to support each other. Glad you like the review πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh it can be a real struggle. If only we had this book back then πŸ™‚

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  10. Carly Oliver
    March 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    We struggled at the start, never diagnosed with Colic exactly, just a ‘it could be’ from the dr. No advice was given we just tried every type of ‘wind’ mixture (without success), and different breastfeeding advice (also without much success) until eventually she just outgrew it. 17 months later I still have an unsettled sleeper and rarely see a whole nights sleep…..sigh..

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh massive sigh, Carly. It is so hard having a windy baby. Hard for them and hard for you. I hope her teeth aren’t bothering her at the moment and that you will start to get some consecutive full night’s sleep soon.

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  11. Toni
    March 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG Hayley used to scream all day everyday from about 2 weeks old to four months old. She also used to spew continuously. The drs were useless, they just said burp her. Um der do you think I don’t do that. I’m pretty sure hers was all linked to her cmpa.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds so tough, Toni. Thank goodness she has outgrown it now. Those early months can be so tough!

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  12. Grace
    March 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, Renee! I’ve heard how tough it can be with a colicky baby. It really is one of those (amongst many other things) that they don’t prepare you for and it can take a while to figure it out.
    Jen’s book sounds like it would be an absolute god-send for many parents.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Grace. I think it can really help a lot of desperate parents out there.

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  13. MC
    March 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s the pits. I don’t want to sounds all Monty Python Yorkshiremen, but I would have taken from 3.45pm any day – for us it was ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, ALL SCREAMING, ALL THE TIME. I would have given my breast milk away for a copy of this then. My girl is 3yo now, but I’d get this for new friends having bubs – what a great and inexpensive gift for new parents! Could be a lifesaver!

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    • Jen
      March 18, 2014 at 7:17 pm (3 years ago)

      MC you made me laugh so hard re your “I’d have given away my breast milk comment”, thank you! πŸ™‚

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      • MC
        March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

        I was going to type lifeblood, but then I realised my BM probably had higher value back then! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

      It really could, Mia. Let’s not kid ourselves, desperate times call for desperate measures. You sound like you had a horrible time. Thank God that is all behind us now. Thank you also for passing the deets of the eBook along. Very grateful πŸ™‚

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  14. Bec @ The Plumbette
    March 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm (3 years ago)

    You poor pet having to deal with a colicky baby. Becoming a new parent is extreme in itself. This book sounds like a saviour for parents in the same predicament.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure does, Bec. It is really cleverly written!

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  15. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    March 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness – that must have been so hard for you! What a tough chick you are Renee! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s all part of it thanks, Lucy πŸ™‚ Hopefully we can help some new parents out there with this book x

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  16. Zanni Louise
    March 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow. Answers to colic. That’s impressive! Elka was a screamer…for 12 weeks. I always felt it was more about her sensitivity than actual stomach pains though. Still stand by that. But colic has to be one of the greatest mysteries. Would be very interesting to read! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s interesting you put Elka’s screaming down to sensitivity. I see a lot of similarities between our girls. I would love to see them interact with each other one day πŸ™‚ x

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  17. EssentiallyJess
    March 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

    We never had colic thank goodness, but we did have one child with an awful lactose intolerance that took us months to discover. Was so hard on her πŸ™
    I won’t enter the competition because I’m not having any more babies, but I’m so glad books like this exist for those who need it.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Jess and thanks for dropping in. A lactose intolerance would have been awful and hard to diagnose as you say. You poor thing. Bet you’re glad that is behind you now!

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  18. Tegan
    March 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m glad that my newborn days have been and gone. I remember laying in bed with him some nights with my eyes squeezed tight hoping that like the books all told him he would copy my facial features and drift off to sleep. He was a pretty good sleeper back then, but the first 12 weeks he loved to get up between 10-2am just party and see what he was missing out on!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Tegan! I did the same thing. I would try to yawn in front of her too and say ‘you are getting very sleepy’ πŸ™‚

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  19. Denise
    March 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Gosh Renee, I was sleep deprived enough as it was and I had nothing like that to contend with. It must have been very distressing to see her like that:-(

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes it was, but fortunately those days are behind us now. I’m hoping this book can help others πŸ™‚

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  20. Annaleis
    March 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

    So wish I had this a couple of years ago. But it might come in handy for my sister about to have a baby – lets hope she doesn’t have to worry.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, fingers crossed, Annaleis. Even if the bub doesn’t have colic, it is still a great resource for settling techniques πŸ™‚

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  21. ClaireyHewitt
    March 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    ewwww, Colic days are over for me thank goodness.

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  22. Josefa @always Josefa
    March 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

    No colic in this house but I have heard so many stories for friends and family who were completely drained and battered from it. So good to see it being talked about openly, with lots of helpful suggestions in an e-book xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa. I think we all need to stick together and share our experiences in the hope that we can help one another xx

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  23. Grace
    March 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, gee. I’m so very lucky the twins weren’t colic. That would’ve had me in all sorts. You deserve a medal for getting through it all!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

      I think you deserve a medal to handle twins πŸ™‚

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