The 5 S's by Dr. Harvey Karp

When your baby gets fussy, try The 5 S’s by Dr. Harvey Karp to help soothe and relax your baby. This should be done while you are standing and holding your baby in your arms. You can try this in the crib/bassinet (omitting the Side/Stomach and using your hand on their chest for motion instead of Swing).

1. Swaddle, 2. Side or Stomach Position, 3. Shush, 4. Swing, 5. Suck

If you decide to practice this in the crib/bassinet, you will inset the pacifier (if your baby will accept it), make a shushing noise or use a white noise sound machine, then place your hand on your baby’s chest and gently rock your baby from side to side.

Important Note: When I say you can “practice” this in the crib/bassinet, I am saying “practice” because this is the long term goal. You want your baby to be able to fall asleep in the crib/bassinet in the next few weeks.

Sari Broda

Child Sleep Consultant


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