Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Babies do come with Instructions

Who says babies don't come with instructions?  Not me.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert, just a mom with years of experience.  
And I know every child is different so while this technique may not work on every child, it works with most children.

When our first child was born (almost 12 years ago), I took a childbirth class.  In that class they showed a video called "The Happiest Baby on the Block".  It was such a good video, that my husband took notes.  It was like magic that the doctor would take a crying baby and make him calm down.  This was a technique we wanted to remember.  Little did we know that our first child was going to be 'high maintenance' and these techniques would be a life saver for us.

The five S's are the techniques shared in the video and book that we've used successfully with each of our children.  It really does make calming a newborn easy by just using the five S's.  I've included an amazon link to the book in case you want to check it out for yourself, just click HERE.

So just what are the 5 S's?
1.  Swaddling (swaddle you baby)
2.  Side (hold them so they are on their side)
3.  Shh sounds (make a shhhhh sound)
4.  Swinging (gently bounce or swing them them)
5.  Sucking (let them suck on a pacifier or your finger)

We use these techniques when our baby is fussy or when we want him to go to sleep.  Sometimes you just need one or two of the techniques such as swaddling and shh sounds, but sometimes you need all 5 to calm your baby.

And it works like magic:

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