Every two-three days our sweet, tiny little baby girl screams until she stops breathing. For hours she can’t be comforted or calmed in any way. We’re never holding her the right way and she’s never laying the right way. In an effort to learn her different cries we’ve been paying close attention to what happens just before she stops crying. About a week ago, we learned that this particular, breath-stopping cry means her tummy hurts and she needs to poop. Yes, we’ve learned her ‘I need to poop’ cry.
Let me tell you something about this cry. It is heartbreaking. I do a Zoom video chat with the women in my family every Thursday evening. And during the last chat we had, I stopped talking because I was crying. My aunts all stopped talking and asked what was wrong and I had to explain that her ‘I need to poop’ cry makes me cry. And honestly, I can’t control it. Every single time she cries like that the tears start flowing. I can’t help it. And I can’t stop it.
We’ve asked around for advice on what we can do to help get things moving for her. We’ve received a lot of different suggestions. People have suggested apple juice, bicycle kicks, belly massages, gripe water, and switching up her formula. We’ve tried most of those suggestions. And most calm her for a second, but then she starts screaming again. But there is one thing we have found to work the best. The FridaBaby Windi the Gas Passer.
I know you must be thinking that this is the weirdest thing ever, but it’s really amazing. It’s super simple to use. We do some bicycle kicks and a belly massage to start. Then, we use a little bit of coconut oil on the skinny part. Finally, you pull baby’s legs up towards their head and stick the skinny part in their little bum, much like a rectal thermometer. We leave it in for 3-30 seconds and during that time we’ll hear a faint whistle. That is the sound of her passing gas.
What we’ve noticed is that once we’ve used the Windi, Nell will poop just a couple hours later. This tiny, plastic, hollow tube really helps get things moving. And it seems weird, but it really helps her. And then we’re good for the next 2-3 days.
I’m a huge fan of the FridaBaby product line. A lot of the products seem a little odd, but they get the job done. And I’m a big advocate of the FridaMom line. I didn’t need a lot of the products available for new moms, but it’s nice to know there is a company dedicating their time to creating products specifically for new moms.