Jun 15, 2005

A Tribute To Dr. Harvey Karp

If you're a new parent, you've probably heard about the 5 S's. If your children are a bit older, you're probably sorry the S's weren't being taught when your kids were newborns. And if you're expecting, then pay attention because you're going to love the S's.

The S's come from Dr. Harvey Karp's book, The Happiest Baby on the Block. The 5 S's are: (1) swaddling; (2) shushing; (3) side or stomach position; (4) swinging or swaying (although it's really jiggling); and (5) sucking. The basic idea is to recreate the conditions of the womb, which reassure the baby. If you use these techniques, your baby will stop crying.

That's not to say it's easy. Swaddling was a bit tricky to master in the beginning, and now that my son is larger and stronger, it takes some real determination to swaddle him tightly (I recommend the DVD for this). And the only way I can jiggle my son properly is when I'm standing, which is tiring. But my husband is master of the S's, and the S's have saved our sanity more times than I can count.

I can't recommend the 5 S's enough because they really work. So, if you have or are expecting a newborn, do yourself a huge favor and master the 5 S's.

Dr. Karp's website is at http://www.thehappiestbaby.com/

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