A Note for Dads with Colicky Babies
Sometimes dads with colicky babies have trouble bonding with the baby. The mother usually spends most of her day learning how to calm and soothe the baby, and how to position the baby to minimize pain. When the dad picks the baby up, it usually starts to cry within a few minutes because it is uncomfortable. Dads think that this means that the baby does not love them as much as it loves the mother. This is not true. When colic symptoms disappear, babies are able to bond with their dads just as well as with their moms because there is no more pain, allowing the dads to comfortably hold the baby.
This situation can also reverse itself and effect moms if the dad is the primary caregiver. Grandparents and other family members may also think that a baby does not like them, when really the baby is just in pain.