4) 5 ‘S’ Approach
This approach involves a series of rhythmic calming techniques, which studies have shown when used together can improve sleep or reduce crying:
- safe swaddling (carefully avoiding overheating) by covering the head, using bulky or loose blankets, and allowing the hips to be flexed.
Side or stomach
- holding a baby on the back is the safest position for sleep, but it is the worst position for calming a fussy baby.
Shhh sound -
making a strong shush sound near the baby's ear.
Swinging - with tiny jiggly movements (no more than 1inch back and forth) always supporting the head and neck.
- Letting the baby suckle on the breast, your clean finger or a pacifier.