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Calming the Cries: A Guide to Soothing Your Fussy Baby

Calming the Cries: A Guide to Soothing Your Fussy Baby

Those newborn cries can send shivers down any new parent's spine. But fear not! There are a number of techniques you can try to soothe your little one and bring back the peace (and maybe a little sleep) for everyone.

The 5 S's for Soothing Success

Dr. Harvey Karp's 5 S's are a popular and effective method for calming a crying baby. These techniques mimic the comforting sensations your baby experienced in the womb:

  1. Swaddling: A snug swaddle recreates the feeling of being held close.
  2. Shushing: Make a shushing sound like "shhh" or use a white noise machine to mimic the sounds of the womb.
  3. Side/Stomach Position (held upright): Hold your baby on their side or stomach (never on their tummy in the crib) against your chest.
  4. Swinging: Gently rock or jiggle your baby with short, fast motions.
  5. Sucking: Offer your breast or a pacifier to satisfy your baby's sucking reflex.

Beyond the 5 S's: Additional Soothing Strategies

  • Skin-to-Skin Contact: Cuddle your baby bare chest to bare chest. This warmth and closeness can be very calming.
  • Movement: Take a walk with your baby in a stroller or wear them in a carrier. The rhythmic motion can be very soothing.
  • Warm Bath: A warm bath can be relaxing for some babies.
  • Check the Basics: Make sure your baby isn't hungry, wet, or uncomfortable due to gas or teething.


  • Every baby is different: What works for one baby might not work for another. Be patient and try different techniques to find what calms your little one.