The 5 S's for Soothing a Fussy Baby
The tools that Dr. Karp describes to calm a distressed baby by triggering his or her "calming reflex" can be summarized in what he calls the 5 S's: swaddling, the side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking. Although many of these actions may seem obvious and innate for some parents, it is the bundling of them together that works its true magic.
Safety Tip — Recent evidence has shown an increased risk of SIDS with infant swaddling past 2 months (8 weeks) of age due to the deaths of swaddled infants when they end up on their stomachs around 2-2.5 months of age. Although there are no formal recommendations by the AAP at this time, we feel it is prudent to discontinue swaddling baby at 8 weeks of age and change to a sleep sack in light of this information.
While we like the book as it covers points in further detail, we recommend beginning with the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD instead. Why? Because if you have a crying newborn in the house, you're probably not in much of a state of mind to start reading a 200+ page book.