While we try to prepare ourselves for motherhood, nothing can really prepare us for the dreaded witching hour. We can read till the cows come home, but nothing is like the real deal.
Some mums are lucky and get kids that literally sleep like a baby. I didn’t have that luck….TWICE.
You may have heard of the concept of purple crying or the witching hour. It is when babies reach about 6 weeks and then just start to cry…A LOT! For my girls, witching hour (or hours) would start in the evening around 9 pm, and sometimes went on till 5 am. Nothing could soothe them.
Some said: “Oh, I’m sure it’s colic!”
No, it wasn’t.
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The baby didn’t have belly pain or was curling up in pain. It was nervous crying, stretching hands and feet, and screaming their thoughts out. It just seemed endless. The worst part lasted for about two months. Then it slowly subsided. I even took advice from our pediatrician and gave my older daughter drops for colic. But after two days she started to get real colic pain. So I stopped. And googled for witching hour survival tactics.
Here are some of the things that saved my life…and my partners:
This worked with my older daughter during the awful witching hour. I had a baby wrap, and when she would get fussy or start crying, the moment I put her in a wrap she would calm down and fall asleep. She loved being in the wrap. I carried her everywhere. But I still had problems with the witching hour. When I took her out she would start crying. So I had a backup plan…. with tip no.2
2. Pilates Ball
Oh, the nights we spent on that ball…. it really did wonders. The second I would sit with her on the ball she was at peace. Like the bouncing reminded her of being in the womb while mummy is walking. First I had to bounce high, and then as she calmed I would slow down. Me and my partner did a lot of bouncing with the eldest during witching hour….but that was the only way she wouldn’t cry those first months.
At night, my partner would bounce her on the ball next to the bed and when she was totally asleep I would start nursing her in bed and sometimes she just continued to sleep. We did this as many times as needed until she would finally stay asleep.
I still see myself on the pilates ball at 2 am, bouncing and crying from pain in my hands and thighs….. the wonders of motherhood…haha. But this too shall pass…. Trust me…
3. I Saved The Best Till Last
The second daughter didn’t like to be carried. I even bought the famous Ergo baby this time around to save my back. Because let’s be honest… Ergo is the best! She just couldn’t stand it! OMG, now what!?! She was a totally different baby. The bouncing did help, but I just couldn’t bounce the night away again. I knew about the wonders of white noise. I even broke one blow-drier with my firstborn. She wouldn’t sleep without my breast in her mouth until 10-months old. The blow-drier kept her sleeping for some 10 minutes while laying alone, or kept her calm while changing….
With my second daughter I discovered the magical Womb Sound on Youtube. There are lots of those sounds, but one was the best! Even now when she’s almost 2 years it helps sometimes when she’s unsettled at night. I don’t know who this guy is but he has got almost 10 million views…. and I hope he gets rich out of it
Check it out below:
You can even buy it on amazon and always have it prepared, ready to go.
Imagine a baby screaming like someone is poking her and you put on the sound and all of a sudden she peacefully closes her eyes and sleeps. I love that this clip goes for 10 hours!! Oh, how many nights we slept with it playing. First I would put it on loud, and little by little, I lowered the volume.
The Bottom Line
I read that babies that cry a lot are smarter, intelligent. If it is, my girls are going to be geniuses! Anyway, maybe it will give you some comfort. Witching hour is something most parents have to endure, and it’s hell… My friends’ babies would all sleep and eat. I was so jealous. Now I believe that my babies are different, curious, always in need of some stimulation…. And one day they will achieve a greater good… That’s how I see it… I always try to find the bright side of everything…
WE ARE ALL STRONGER THAN WE THINK
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Write a comment below on how you coped with witching hour, or how did my advice work for you. Let’s share knowledge…