happy baby http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12542/all en-US How to Stop a Baby From Crying http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-a-baby-from-crying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-stop-a-baby-from-crying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2853811359_1a17e8c3ec_z.jpg" alt="crying baby" title="crying baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a baby sucks: all you do is eat, sleep, poop, and watch helplessly as someone changes your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers" title="5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers">diaper</a> over and over again.</p> <p>How humiliating.</p> <p>So it's understandable that a baby would scream its head off whenever it gets tired, hungry, or bored.</p> <p>Doctors and friends (and everyone else with an opinion) all say that &quot;the baby needs to cry,&quot; but that's no consolation at the end of a long day when baby is screaming her pretty little head off and mommy and daddy have had enough. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-a-new-baby-really-needs" title="What a New Baby Really Needs">What a New Baby Really Needs</a>)</p> <p>If a diaper change, feeding, and a nap don't solve the crisis, then it's time to bring in the big guns.</p> <p>The most effective technique I've found to calm a baby comes from one Dr. Karp and his book, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553381466?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thwrsco-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=0553381466">The Happiest Baby in the Block</a>. In it, Dr. Karp points out that babies are born prematurely and still need to develop outside the womb for a &quot;fourth trimester.&quot;</p> <p><strong>During these three months, the secret to calming a baby is to trigger the &quot;calming reflex.&quot;</strong></p> <p>The secret to triggering this reflex is to make the baby feels like they're back in the womb. The Five S's that trigger the calming reflex are:</p> <ol> <li>Swaddling</li> <li>Side/stomach laying</li> <li>Shushing</li> <li>Swaying</li> <li>Sucking</li> </ol> <p>Sounds like a lot to take in? I used to think so too, until I saw the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006J021C?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=thwrsco-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=B0006J021C">DVD version of the book</a> (which I highly recommend), and what I saw floored me. In it, the good doctor Karp puts the ninja moves on crying babies and &mdash; wouldn't you know &mdash; they stop crying on the spot.</p> <p>Take a look for yourself at the good doctor in action:</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Pf_Qz4G6O6Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Pf_Qz4G6O6Y?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>Here's video of a regular Joe using the five S's:</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WkR_e1L6zxI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WkR_e1L6zxI?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>I've tried this myself and usually I only need to do the first three S's for my baby to suddenly stop crying. It's a little creepy at first, but it's also the most beautiful sound in the world.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><em>For more on Dr. Karp and his technique, take a look at his site, </em><a href="http://www.thehappiestbaby.com/"><em>The Happiest Baby</em></a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-a-baby-from-crying">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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