Gripe Water: Does It Work? Which Brand Is Best? Is It Safe?

If you’ve tried every burping technique in the book, read on to find out how gripe water can help. Plus, learn how to make your own.

If you’ve tried burping, leg bicycles, massage, and every other burping technique you can think of, you may be wondering about gripe water. Here, we’ll explain what gripe water is, how this natural remedy works, how you can make your own, and provide a few even more natural alternatives.

You have your beautiful newborn baby. The first week or two, baby just eats, sleeps, poops, and cuddles. Aaah. Why do people complain so much about babies cryingThen the gas hits. Your baby is miserable despite your efforts (massage, leg bicycles and other burping techniques). In desperation, you stumble upon Gripe Water and wonder…

Video: Gripe Water – Does It Work? Which Brand Is Best? Is It Safe?

In this post, we’ll cover all of this and more.

But, first thing’s first…

Why Is My Baby Gassy?

Babies aren’t born with fully developed digestive systems—that’s one of the reasons they don’t start eating solid foods until at least six months. The sphincter in their esophagus is underdeveloped, which stops babies from burping up trapped air by themselves. That gas can also make its way into the intestines, causing belly discomfort.

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What Is Gripe Water?

If your baby is struggling with gas pain, the pediatrician may recommend gripe water.

The original formula was a combination of dill seed oil, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and alcohol, among other substances. Back in the 1840s, physicians used it to treat a form of malaria in babies.

Today, it’s most commonly used to relieve babies’ gas and indigestion. Some brands also tout it as a solution for teething pain, hiccups, and colic.

How Does Gripe Water Work?

There is no one recipe for gripe water, but most have some combination of the following:

  • Fennel: Packed with dietary fiber, fennel provides the bulk the digestive tract needs to encourage the gastrointestinal muscles to push things through.  
  • Ginger: Ginger known to help relieve GI irritation, but it can also help stimulate saliva and bile production to help food move through the stomach.
  • Chamomile: Used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and healing herb, chamomile is commonly used to treat gas, diarrhea, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. It has also been used to treat croup, colic, and fevers in children.
  • Licorice: Recent studies in China have shown licorice’s beneficial compounds to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting effects.
  • Cinnamon: Reported as being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, lipid-lowering, and cardiovascular-disease-lowering compound, this spice is a popular addition to many homeopathic treatments.
  • Lemon balm: With its wide range of antioxidants that boost various systems in the body, lemon balm is known for its ability to detoxify the liver, protect the immune system, and promote healthy sleep, among other things.

All of these ingredients are considered to be soothing herbs to heal indigestion and inflammation.

Is Gripe Water Safe? Does Gripe Water Have Any Side Effects?

No matter how natural the ingredients are, you are essentially “introducing a solid” to your baby at a very young age. As one author wrote in The Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics,

Anything (including gripe water) other than breast milk administered to a baby during the first six months may increase the risk of introducing bacteria, causing allergies and irritating the baby’s intestines.

Most healthcare professionals will tell you it’s perfectly safe, and in the grand scheme of things, it is. However, some lactation consultants recommend mamas consume these soothing herbs in teas (like popular fennel and chamomile teas), so that the baby gets benefits through breast milk.

If you are formula feeding, try a different formula as this could be what is causing baby gas (and consider if it’s really constipation). In some instances, this can be a game changer!

Always talk to your healthcare provider about administering anything to your baby, particularly a newborn.

Gripe Water Ingredients

The formula has changed quite a bit over the years, swapping alcohol, sugar, and other artificial flavors for more natural, baby-safe ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside. Here are three popular gripe water brands and their ingredients.

#1 Highest Ranking*: Little Remedies Gripe Water (where to buy)

Zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract, purified water, agave vegetable glycerin (a humectant and sweetener), glycerin, natural ginger flavor, potassium sorbate (preservative), citric acid (emulsifier and preservative), xanthan gum (thickener)
Gripe Water – Mama Natural – Little Remedies

#2 Favorite*: Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water (where to buy)

Organic Ginger Extract, Organic Passion Flower Extract, Organic Lemon Balm Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Fennel Extract, Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Potassium Sorbate

Gripe Water – Mama Natural – Mommys Bliss

#3 Brand*: Wellement’s Organic Gripe Water (where to buy)

Water, Organic Ginger Root Extract (Zingiber Officinale), Organic Fennel Seed Extract (Foeniculum Vulgare), Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Organic Glycerin, Organic Lemon Juice Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate and Organic Chamomile Flower Extract.

Gripe Water – Mama Natural – Wellements

*According to customer reviews

Other ingredients

You may notice some additional ingredients to just digestive herbs. Here are the functions they serve:

  • Vegetable glycerin – a humectant and sweetener
  • Potassium sorbate – a preservative
  • Citric acid – an emulsifier and preservative
  • Xanthan gum – a thickener
  • Agave nectar or glycerin – a sweetener

Homemade Gripe Water Recipe

As with any natural remedy, the best gripe water is usually the one you make yourself, ensuring quality ingredients and avoiding preservatives. Here is an easy recipe that includes soothing and digestive herbs.

*Always get your healthcare provider’s approval before administering this gripe water.*


  • 2 c. purified water
  • 1 slice (about the size of a quarter) fresh, peeled, organic ginger
  • 1 tea bag of organic chamomile tea or 2 tsps. of loose organic chamomile.
  • 1 tea bag of organic fennel tea or 2 tsps. of organic fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. dried cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. dried organic dill
  • If you feel you need to add sweetener, you could try 1 tsp. of organic lactose, which is found abundantly in breast milk and formula


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or tea kettle.
  2. Put the ginger and herbs/seeds/tea bags in a glass jar.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and pour into the glass jar.
  4. Allow to steep for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Remove the tea bags. Strain the remaining water into a clean glass container.
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze into smaller portions.
  7. Shake well before use. Can be put in a syringe and added directly to mouth or bottle.


Other Baby Gas Alternatives

If you’re not too keen on gripe water, there are some other natural alternatives.

  • Simethicone: Another gas-relieving remedy made by many of the same brands that carry gripe water. This anti-foaming agent works by reducing tensions surface of the mucus, allowing trapped air bubbles to disperse. Some studies have shown that Simethicone can help reduce gas with no adverse side effects.
  • Nat Phos 6X: This natural digestive cell salt supports the body in breaking down acids and balancing acid levels. The only ingredient is lactose—something babies are quite accustomed to through breast milk or formula.
  • Infant massage: Rub baby’s belly in gentle circular motions to push out those gas bubbles. Infant massage is also a great way to connect with and soothe your baby. 
  • Mama’s diet: Remember, baby is eating what you’re eating. Start by cutting out some of the more popular allergens one at a time, such as dairy or soy.
  • Burping: A pat on the back not working? Here are 13 ways to successfully burp your baby.

How About You?

Have you tried gripe water? Did it help? What other natural ways did you give your own gassy babies some relief?



Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 130,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.


  1. Gripe Water is 100% safe for babies. it helps in solving gastric issues in babies.
    I use Woodward’s gripe water for my little one.

    I personally recommend this brand.

  2. Gripe water is 100% safe for babies and it provides instant relief from stomach issues, indigestions, and hiccups. Térre Baby is the best brand of gripe water in India. Térre Baby Gripe Water is a formulation of ayurvedic and natural herbs such as ginger, pudina, saunf, sowa, and ajwain.

  3. Thank you for this post!!!!! I appreciate the information.

  4. I’ve used Mommy’s Bliss and Wellements gripe water on my kids. My first did fine with Mommys bliss – my second always vomited the Mommys Bliss brand but did fine with the Wellements brand. Now my 3rd gets super spitty & gets the hiccups from the Mommys Bliss brand – will probably try Wellements next. My first has food sensitivities that we tested for when she was 2, I wonder if the gripe water had anything to do with that after reading this article…

  5. Any thoughts on the agave in some formulas? I’ve used Zarbee’s a few times with my 3 1/2 month old because it seemed more natural than the simethicone, which I had used earlier per pediatrician. Something still feels odd about giving him so much non-breast milk fluid (5ml) and I don’t like the idea of added sweetener this early… I’m going to try just drinking Mother’s Milk tea myself as it contains the recommended ingredients, but hope I didn’t do any harm by giving him these “sweet” things so early. It’s so hard when baby is struggling with gas!

  6. Never again… Tried gripe water with my 3 week old while we were waiting on our Nat Phos 6x to come through the mail. Little is scarier than seeing such a small baby projectile vomit. Apparently you can’t feed the baby too soon before or after administering because food and gripe water may not play nice. I do not recommend.

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