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Preventing Baby Constipation Naturally

When babies start eating solid foods it could lead to that dreaded word – CONSTIPATION! No one wants their baby to experience constipation. Most if not all babies suffer from constipation at one time or another. The crying, straining, and you standing there completely helpless is not fun for you or your baby.

Your baby’s intestines are learning to break down bigger proteins, and some foods just don’t work for your baby at certain times of their development. There are some easy steps you can take that will help your baby drastically.

First, choose foods that will encourage regular bowl movements. Here are some foods to avoid and ones to give your baby on a regular basis.

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Besides providing your baby with the right diet, you can do other things to help sooth your baby when in discomfort.

Warm Bath – Place your baby in a warm bath. It helps relax your baby which helps get things moving again

Bicycle Legs – Place your baby on their back and lightly hold their legs in a half bent position. Gently begin to move their legs as if they are riding a bike. You can also do this along with the tummy massage. This will also relieve gas too!

Tummy Massage – Gently massage and run your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction. Place your hands on the baby’s navel and massage in a circular motion. You can also apply a all natural rub to your baby as you do the tummy massage.


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1-2 drops of essential oils – Lavender is suitable for even the youngest babies

2 Tablespoons of a organic carrier oil such as —> Coconut oil, Grapeseed or Jojoba oil

Place the mixture in a small glass jelly jar or any sort of small jar that would work best – just be sure it’s glass. Run on your baby’s tummy every 3-4 hours until there is relief

Head to my baby tips and recipes for more “baby” inspiration. Intriqued how essential oils can help you and your family? I’ve got you covered – Essential Oils 101. It’s very important to use caution when using essential oils with a baby. Essential oils are very strong. Be sure to use a light hand when rubbing on their skin and ALWAYS dilute with a carrier oil.

Please note that I am not a  doctor, nor to I pretend to be one on my website. While I and many others think essential oils are fabulous, they have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.


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25 Responses to Preventing Baby Constipation Naturally

  1. Barbara @ Homeroom At Home October 14, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Such helpful information. Thanks for posting!

    • Trina October 14, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad I could be of help.

  2. Barb @ A Life in Balance October 14, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Oh, I remember doing bicycle legs with my babies! We had so much fun doing it!

    • Trina October 14, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      Babies love doing bicycle legs and it truly does help. Even as an adult, getting those legs moving help getting other things moving too. LOL

  3. Jo-Lynne Shane October 14, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    I wish we’d had essential oils when I was having babies! I slathered myself with Panway this morning… stiff neck. UGH!

    • Trina October 14, 2014 at 7:27 am #

      I know, me too! I can’t believe I am saying this (feeling a bit like my mother) Parents of babies today have so much more to offer as far as natural foods, remedies etc.. than we did when our kids were babies.

  4. Lindsay October 14, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Wonderful tips Trina! I don’t have a baby, but have struggled with this when I baby sit my niece and nephew. I like the idea of a warm bath plus bicycle legs!

  5. Betsy (Eco-novice) October 14, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Another great reason to avoid “white” foods! I haven’t dealt with this with babies, but I sure have with toddlers/ preschoolers! Hummus and popcorn are great foods for older kids : )

  6. Life with Kaishon October 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I miss having a baby in the house.

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:06 am #

      Me too – SOMETIMES! LOL These are good tips not just for babies but kids and adults too. Next time you are having some sort of discomfort just put some of the tummy rub on….you will see the difference.

  7. Lori Popkewitz Alper October 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Great tips Trina. I still use the bicycle legs with my kids. We’ve been doing it since they were babies. They love it and it works!

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:05 am #

      Me too! Just getting everything moving is a BIG help!

  8. Caitlin October 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Great tips!

  9. Green Bean October 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Interesting to see what is on the do and do not list. That’s good advice for everyone – not just babies!

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:05 am #

      It’s a great go to list for anyone that has a baby or child with these issues, and yes even for ourselves. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. lindsey October 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    I love essential oils! Whenever my boys get stomach aches i mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on their bellies and viola!

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:03 am #

      I love peppermint too! Babies can start using lavender as newborns so that is why I chose it for this rub.

  11. Lauryn October 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Love the smell of lavender and the thought of rubbing it on a baby’s belly. 🙂 I didn’t know about its relief for constipation. Thank you for sharing!

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:02 am #

      Heck! I want to rub that lavender oil on my belly! LOL

  12. Jen @ Go Green October 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Luckily we never had this problem with our little one but I was constantly doing the bicycle legs with my nieces!

    • O'Boy! Organic October 15, 2014 at 6:01 am #

      Our first son was so gassy in the beginning – it was terrible. I wish I new then what I know now.

  13. Leigh @greenforu October 15, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Bicycle legs worked the best on my kids when they had their issues. And we all know a little bit of prunes or prune juice (the real stuff) goes a long way.

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  15. Bethel madison July 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    Toddler magic tea did a great deal for my 18 months old with chronic constipation and cold. It helps relieving constipation, promotes healthy digestion, improves toddler’s sleeping, and helps reduce the symptoms of the common cold.

  16. Kim August 6, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    I put 1 drop of lavender in a 10ml rollerbottle for my 20 month old son and it has worked wonders for his constipation. So thankful for a natural solution. Wish I knew about it sooner.

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