Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The 5 S's

A few weeks ago, Bobby was crying and fussy for 3 days straight! I was feeling overwhelmed, and there was nothing I felt could calm him. The only thing that would calm him was being held in the Baby Bjorn. While I usually wear him in this at least once a day, I was having to wear him all day long. It was taking a toll on my back. Anyhow, during all of this, my friend Ginger brought over the book, The Happiest Baby on the Block, written by Dr. Harvey Karp. The book was written I believe for parents who have babies with colic, but nonetheless, it had some great calming methods for all crying babies.

The secret?
The 5 S's:
1. Swaddle your baby.
2. Hold your baby on their stomach or side. (I will usually hold Bobby on his side).
3. Shush loudly in your baby's ear. (This is supposed to imitate the loud sounds of your womb).
4. Swing your baby. (Or, in our case, I usually rock him).
5. Give your baby something to suck, like a pacifier, or finger.

I have done this each time I have put Bobby down for a nap or to bed. I also will take this approach when he is fussy during the day. I know a lot of you are expecting out there, and I just wanted to recommend this book to you. It states that the first 3 months of a baby's life is basically the 4th trimester, and you should try and simulate the womb as much as possible.

Happy reading!

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Interesting, makes sense! Thanks for sharing.

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