Updated: Dec 18, 2020
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You know the way your baby is kicking their legs and crying? Chances are you have run into tummy problems, but here are my favorite ways to help baby get their bowels moving and happy again. I can’t tell you how many times I make these recommendations to parents, or how often I have to let my mom know about these when my son is backed up. These are some of the best tips for getting baby to get baby pooping.
Tummy Massage sit with your legs bent and together and place baby on your thighs. You will take your hands and slide them down on your baby’s tummy from the top to the bottom one hand after the other, trying not to break contact with your baby’s tummy.
Move babies legs in a bicycle motion this is usually done in addition to tummy massage. You will do the massage and then take baby’s legs and move them like a bicycle. You can do a few rounds of the massage and bicycle motion to get things going.
Warm bath a warm bath will help calm your baby’s bowels and may get things moving quite quickly, so be prepared to clean the bathtub.
Prune juice/prune purée we do it, so babies can too so long as they are 6 months or older.
Probiotic if you are breast/chest feeding your baby is receiving probiotics from your milk; however, you still may find this a useful addition to their diet. This will be especially important for formula fed babies, while formula companies are no including this, you may find different options fit the needs of your child better.
Gripe Water a fan favorite! Mommy’s Bliss always worked in our house and it was most times pretty instant relief for our son, 30 minutes max.
And of course if your little one is at that age they are aloud to be drinking water then make sure they stay hydrated, same goes for if they are only taking in human milk! You will undoubtedly find yourself having to soothe your child’s upset tummy from birth to the teens regardless of breastmilk vs formula; however, I encourage you to give your baby the colostrum and breast/chest feed for at least the first week to allow your baby’s gut to seal and begin building a bacteria fighting machine! You won’t regret it.