Then, one night while nursing and scouring the internet for help (because I refused to believe my baby was just "colicky"), I read that sitting on the corner of a bed and bouncing is soothing for many babies. We tried it the next day and were elated by how well it worked. Not only did Will seem content, but we could sit and sooth at the same time. When we mentioned our new discovery to my sister, she said nonchalantly, "Yeah, you can do the same thing with an exercise ball." And then our lives changed.
Besides the fact that it just worked so well to sooth our previously unsoothable baby, the fact that we could bounce and sit or bounce and watch TV or move the ball around or use my mom or sister's ball when we were visiting were all blue bouncy bonuses.
We put our ball away over a month ago, but now that we are trying to break Will of his swaddle, I'm thinking about bringing it back out. My sister still has her ball in her nursery because it works well for her sweet baby girl and like my second favorite Mama OT, she knows that you can also use the ball to play with your older baby or make tummy time less miserable for your younger baby.
before, during, and after labor.
Really, the exercise ball is the ultimate addition to any nursery. So if you are pregnant and don't already own one of these blue beauties, put it on your registry. I'm not saying that the one you get has to be blue, but I can only vouch for the magical powers in balls of that color.