Fatherhood: Week Eleven-Flatulence

My brother-in-law, who was visiting us from Nebraska, could not believe it when my two-month-old son ripped a loud, juicy fart. He’s usually a reserved man, but he chuckled at the tooting that had just taken place.

It sounded like something out of a juvenile Adam Sandler movie. Beckett’s flatulence has become an amusing daily occurrence. It’s the most adult thing he’s done so far in his life. My wife and I sometimes look at each other wondering if the other person is responsible for the gas that just passed. It doesn’t seem like someone so small could be responsible for sounds that big.

My heart sinks a little when I see him struggling with his intestinal issues. We try to move his legs around and massage his little belly to get things moving. It’s worse at night when we can hear him on the baby monitor. Beckett will cry and fuss for a few minutes, only to fall back asleep like nothing has happened. We’re never sure if we should let him work it out on his own or try to help. 

The following will sound like an endorsement of a product (it’s not, honest), but we stumbled upon a solution. My wife and I were telling someone about a device invented by the Swedes that parents can use to suck snot from a baby’s nasal cavities (think Austin Powers’ favorite yet inappropriate Swedish invention, but nose size). 

When we showed the YouTube demonstration video, I clicked on another product the company sells called the Windi. Without getting too graphic, you essentially place the tip of the small plastic tube inside baby’s bum. In a few seconds, a faint whistle from the device indicates his gas is passing. It’s rather amazing and also can be terribly messy, as we quickly discovered.

Of all the weird and hilarious sounding baby care products we’ve discovered, the Windi has also proven to be the most useful. We only use it as a last resort, but seeing my son go from struggles to smiles in five seconds means it’s worth using.

Parents, what is the weirdest and most useful baby product you’ve encountered and used? The Swedes can’t have the market entirely cornered in this regard, can they?