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The 5 S’s – Helpful Calming Tools for an Over Tired Baby

The 5 S’s were Developed by Dr Harvey Karp.

The purpose is to help turn on a newborns calming reflex, which can be under developed in
some newborns. If you find your baby is extremely fussy, develops colic, or seems hard to
settle in the early evening hours, these tools can be helpful.

Try NOT to use for the first Nap and Bedtime

  1. Swaddling
  2. Side / Stomach Position – IN Your Arms!
  3. Shushing
  4. Swinging (more of jiggle in your arms)
  5. Sucking

The key to the 5 S’s is that they need to be done properly and initially in this order for them to work effectively. If you are interested in learning more, google some videos to show you how to utilize this tool.

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