The 5 S’s technique for soothing crying newborns, as promoted by Dr. Harvey Karp. In summary:
- Swaddling — tightly with the child’s arms by its sides
- Side or Stomach positioning — in the parents’ arms
- Shushing — loudly, “at same volume of baby’s cries”
- Swinging — really just a gentle jiggling of the baby’s head
- Sucking — nursing or bottle feeding (I tend to use a clean pinky fingertip, which also causes less nipple-confusion than a pacifier)
I would add a 6th S too: Stick with it. When you’re first learning to do this, it feels like the baby is just getting more pissed off instead of calmer, and this makes YOU (the parent) more frustrated too. But it doesn’t actually take very long (objectively) to become good at these skills, and it’s really worth it: babies successfully soothed with these techniques often sleep 1 or 2 hours LONGER per night!