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137 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
I was standing at the counter at [a big box baby store] waiting for the cashier to process my returned item. Glancing over at the crap for sale, I looked at The Windi...laughed...and HAD TO HAVE IT (if not for the reason it was intended, then surely as a novelty item). I brought it home and EVERYONE laughed. I think my husband even called me a sucker.

A few days later, my newborn daughter was screaming in pain. I prepped the changing table for The Windi. I did exactly what the box said: rub each side of the baby's tummy three times, lift the legs, and gently insert the baby oil covered catheter into the rectum. Holy cow! In three seconds (no lie), my daughter went from screaming baby to sweet & smiling as the gas came rushing out of her. Now, we use it almost daily.

They ARE pricey. And they ARE worth it. It's worth it to me that I not douse my newborn with medicine at every wince or groan -- so The Windi is a great medicine-free alternative. And even though the box says they are intended for one-time use, I reuse them. They're made of soft plastic...so I place them in a microwave-safe bowl, cover them with 2-3 oz of water and microwave them for 7-10 minutes.

In any case -- The Windi is an answer to a prayer. And my minimalist husband even admitted that he'd pay 5 times the cost AND wants to write a personal letter of gratitude to the inventor.

THIS IS A PARENT'S MUST HAVE.

UPDATE:
I started using this product on my newborn son when he experienced excessive gas as early as 2 weeks old. Please be careful to allow your baby to not be a lazy gas pusher/pooper. Some days I just do some light anal stimulation and only use The Windi for the really bad nights.

FINAL UPDATE and CONCLUSION:
This products WORKS. And yes, you need it.
My daughter had minor tummy issues and we used the Windi to help her push out her BMs and/or gas. It was a tool and one that we used with some frequency.
My son, however, was a real toughie. He suffered from colic, GERD, you name it; he just had tummy issues from the start. I began gently using it on him at 2 weeks, but by the time he was 6 months, he was in the 95th percentile and eating constantly -- we used it multiple times daily. Now please keep in mind that I would start with gas drops, administer the omeprizole twice daily, then would work his legs and rub his belly (*IF* I could lay him down), then I'd wear him, I'd gently bounce him as we sat on a large exercise ball, I'd walk the floor....and then...I'd go to The Windi. Sometimes it'd work. Sometimes it wouldn't. And other times I'd wait a minute or two, rub his belly again, and be wildly successful. They're babies. Who knows what will work?
But the point I'm making is that you need this. When it's 3:30 AM, your baby is screaming bloody murder b/c there's a gas bubble they just can't work out -- you need it. And yes, I'm sure you could lube up a rectal thermometer, but lemmie tell ya. The Windi is fluted and has a stopper so you can't push it in too deep. When the baby's flailing and kicking and your hands get slippery b/c they're covered in baby poo...and it's 3:30 AM. You NEED THIS.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
I used this product when my baby was teeny - she was really gassy and the Windi seemed to help. It didn't elimiate it completely but I could certainly hear the air coming out. But I had to work the air out by pushing on her tummy and pushing her legs up which would make her scream more, which always made me feel terrible!
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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
Our month-old infant has been gassy and miserable for the past couple of weeks. We tried burping her more frequently, giving her gas drops after every feed, and bicycling her legs but each evening she would still end up screaming with a big bloated belly and nothing we did seemed to help. Then I came across the Windi. I will admit I was a little skeptical of at first, but since our pediatrician had already suggested lubricating her bum as a means of helping her pass gas I figured it couldn't hurt to try it out. The first time we put it in nothing happened, so we massaged her belly a bit more and tried again, and sure enough we started hearing little toots, followed by some gurgling and well... you can figure out the rest (as others have said, make sure you have a diaper and/or disposable changing pad down first!)

The Windi is now an indispensible tool in our colic arsenal. It doesn't always make our girl calm and happy but it definitely makes her more comfortable and reduces the amount of screaming she does every day. Ideally of course we'd be able to figure out why she gets so gassy and stop the problem at its root, but in the meanwhile just being able to do something that makes her feel a little better is great.

My one big piece of advice is to have patience and try different massage techniques - it frequently takes a few tries before you get everything out. I've found that combining the Windi with colic massage (look it up on YouTube!) to be super effective, especially if you can do it when the baby is relaxed. It can also be helpful to have one person hold the baby's legs and insert the Windi while someone else massages the belly at the same time.

The only reason I'm giving this product 4 stars is because of the price - $16 for 5 single-use pieces of plastic is absurd. We don't have the budget to pay $3 per use so we disinfect the catheters with soap and hot water and then sterilize them in the microwave, and that seems to work well.

**UPDATE** For anyone who's concerned about the Windi making their baby dependent on rectal stimulation to have a bowel movement, we've been using it on an almost-daily basis for 7 weeks now and our daughter still poops just fine on her own. Obviously one kid doesn't make for a statistically significant sample and you should use your best judgment when using this kind of product, but I did want to share that we've seen no ill effects for our baby.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
This product works great. Relieves gas and always produces a bowel movement. But watch out, these bowel movements are no joke. They shoot out. Wear latex gloves and cover anything of value in the nursery because poop will get all over everything.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I looked at this first like it was a joke, but then I read the other reviews and decided to try it. It is so wonderful! Great for little babies that haven't figured out how to relax and "let it go" and the pain is just making them more fussy and tense. I would recomend this to anyone with a baby. This should be put in all new parent care packs!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
This is a fantastic product! After my pediatrician incorrectly diagnosed my son with reflux I realized that he was having extreme gas pains, not heartburn. Within a week of using this he was off the reflux medicine and a much happier little dude. I can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2014
This thing works! I must say it isn't the most pleasant thing to have to do. But when it comes down to making my son feel better...and getting more rest because he goes right back to sleep after he feels better...it is so worth the strangeness. Oh.. and beware might act like a poop shoot and cannon ball poop across the room.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
Seriously best investment since I have had my baby. He gets really bad gas from swallowing air with hiccups and this is a fast easy med free solution he doesn't mind at all. Every new mom needs the windi
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38 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2012
If you have a gassy baby I am sure you have tried the gas drops and gripe water which do absolutely NOTHING. With a 5 week old gassy and colicky baby at 3am I was desperately searching the internet and came across The Windi. I figured it was just a waste of money but at that point of desperation I figured we could give it a try. OH MY GOSH, we would not have survived the first few months without it. This seriously brought a turning point for us, the baby would finally sleep!

Here are a few tips;
1. You do not need to throw these away, soak them in really hot soapy water and make sure it is all cleaned out and reuse (rectal thermometers can be reused why not The Windi, I ran this by my Dr and he confirmed, this is not a sterile area so it is safe).
2. Hold it in for 45 seconds at a time while gently doing bicycle legs, if needed, this helps more of the gas escape.
3. Be sure to get a good coating of baby oil or olive oil before use.
4. Prep the work area, this can get messy!
5. Enjoy... HA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2015
The Windi has been a little hit or miss. I've found it only works if my 8 week old is already grunting and crying, so I try to hold off and let him work out his toots on his own. Be sure to put a diaper under baby or you could end up with a very messy changing table.
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