No one is having a good time when a baby is fussy/crying for long periods of time. But there is an easy way to remember how to soothe your babe with the 5 S’s.
Newborns are in what is called the “fourth trimester“ and you can help soothe your babe by creating a womb-like environment.
Crying can really take a toll on babies AND parents. If you feel like you might lose your cool, ask for help and/or take some time away by lying your baby in a safe place, closing the door and listening to some music or taking some deep breaths. This can do wonders for your mental health.
My first born had colic and there were definitely times when I thought I was going to go crazy, but please never hurt or shake your baby. ASK FOR HELP OR WALK AWAY! If your baby is colicky it can definitely help to try the 5 S’s.
First, make sure your babe is fed, has a clean diaper, warm (not too hot or cold), and not in pain. If they are still fussy/crying here are the 5 S’s to help soothe them:
Swaddling- it’s like being in the womb and reduces the Moro “startle“ reflex baby’s have. Look online on how to swaddle, if you are unsure. Babies should not be swaddled all day just during fussy periods and sleep. If you feel your baby doesn’t like being swaddled, try swaddling them with there hands next to their face, like they might have been in the womb.
Side or Stomach Position- back is best and safest for sleep but not a good position for soothing fussiness. You’ll see your baby mellow out very soon.
Shushing- The womb is a noisy place and babies like white noise or shushing from you the parent/care giver. I personally used a blow dryer and vacuum with my colic baby.