Calm your Baby with the 5 S's

At Boston NAPS, we are firm believers in the 5 S’s, created by Dr. Harvey Karp, founder of the Los Angeles-based pediatrician knowledge hub Happiest Baby.

If your baby is crying, use these methods (in these order) to calm your baby:

1. Swaddle

First, swaddle your baby. A snug swaddle helps provide your baby with the sense of security that they had within the womb. It also prevents them from startling. (Want to master your swaddle? Take a prenatal class with Boston NAPS, or schedule a Newborn Consultation, and we’ll walk you through it step by step)

2. Side/Stomach Lying

Next, position your baby on her side or lying on her stomach. For periods of sleep, your baby should always go on her back. However, during a fussy period, hold your baby on her side or stomach.

3. Shushing

Shushing creates white noise similar to your baby had in the womb. Match your shush to your baby’s level of crying, and soften your shush as your baby’s cry lowers in volume. It is best to do deep, long shushing instead of short, quiet shushing, as your baby will respond better to deeper tones.  Deeper tones are similar to the noises your baby is used to hearing in the womb.

4. Swinging

Now add in some swinging, by holding your baby securely, supporting his head and neck, swaying back and forth with an added bounce in your sway. Once your baby is calm, placing him in a swing to continue this motion is also a good option.

5. Sucking

Finally, allow your baby to suck, whether you breastfeed or offer your baby your finger or a pacifier. Sucking is a self-soothing mechanism for babies, and many babies calm easier when taking a pacifier or your finger.

Is your baby still fussy or crying? Read our blog Why is My Baby Crying? You may also consider booking an in-home newborn consult with a member of our nursing team.