Dreaded witching hour


What is witching hour?

This is a great term to describe the period between late afternoon and late evening – anytime from around 4pm until 10pm. Between these hours is the classic time when young babies tend to be unsettled and difficult to please.

Other names for witching hour are “colic”, or arsenic hour. All mean the same thing. It’s generally not limited to just one hour either. Just like morning sickness, the title is misleading.

All the usual calming strategies don’t make any difference and crying tends to peak as the baby becomes more tired and unhappy.

Witching hour can last for what seems like an eternity but in most homes, is limited to a maximum of around six hours.

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