Baby crying – time to Call Mom
My first child was born in England and I got so much great advice from my midwife. My Mother was in Canada and I was in England and it was a very expensive to phone all the time. Now that I am a Grandmother, I love that my daughter calls, texts and facetimes me for advice. When her first son suddenly developed Colic, I knew what to do. My oldest son had colic as well and I remember how scary it was. Lack of sleep, frustration and no one to talk to made it worse. Plus my Mother had never heard of Colic and there was NO Internet to research it. Although no one can explain WHY colic happens to some babies and not others, there were ways that we saved our sanity. Luckily my daughter was living with us at the time as her house was under construction. We had a tag team going and this book was a blessing to help with baby crying. Combined with the knowledge that I had learned from my midwife in England we BOTH lived through this …much stronger women. Our secret was swaddling and using a good wrap later. This is a photo of Grandbaby #2, no colic, and she has since had a girl with no colic. It only happened to her first born (thank goodness) but this photo truly shows what a baby with colic looks like.
5 S’s System’ May Help Colic Symptoms
The tips in Dr. Karp’s book should be taught to all New Moms everywhere. It recreates the womb environment. I only wish we had the video of my daughter swaddling her baby for the first time and how fast her little guy went from wailing to a little whimper.
Swaddling: Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb.
Side/stomach position: The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reassuring support. “But never use the stomach position for putting your baby to sleep,” cautions Karp. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to stomach-down sleep positions. When a baby is in a stomach down position do not leave them even for a moment.
Shushing sounds: These imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb. **When the baby was loud, we would make the shush noise louder until he settled **
Swinging: Newborns are used to the swinging motions within their mother’s womb, so entering the gravity driven world of the outside is like a sailor adapting to land after nine months at sea. “It’s disorienting and unnatural,” says Karp. Rocking, car rides, and other swinging movements all can help.
Sucking: “Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system,” notes Karp, “and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain.”
A great testimonial by the actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife: “A must read! Dr. Karp offers insights into parenting by combining ancient and modern wisdom. Our baby boy responded to the 5 S’s immediately!” –Keely and Pierce Brosnan, TV journalist/environmentalist and actor
My daughter swaddled all her babies and also used a variety of different swaddles but as they get older you would use wraps.
She was a professional wrapper, not like this image. I am sure there are Moms out there who can relate to #1…so funny, but sooo wrong. This post on Facebook received over 21,458 comments and images like the ones below and also a video on how to wrap your baby properly.
And here is just one of thousands of tutorials on the Internet for the wrap:
And a great one for the older child:
I love helping other Moms with good sound advice. You can contact me on Facebook, or send me a message. Hope you are having a great day. And remember, your babies will grow so fast..enjoy every minute.