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  • Writer's pictureErika Steinbauer

The Ultimate Guide to the 5 S's: How to Soothe A Fussy Baby



Bringing a newborn home can be a joyous experience, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the biggest challenges for new parents is soothing a fussy baby. Fortunately, there is a simple technique that can help soothe even the fussiest of babies! It's called the 5 S's, and it stands for swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking.


In this blog post, we'll explore the 5 S's of soothing newborns and how they can help calm your little one.


1. Swaddling

Swaddling is the practice of wrapping a baby snugly in a blanket. Swaddling can help your baby feel secure and calm, and it can also prevent them from startling themselves awake. Make sure the swaddle is snug, but not too tight, and be sure to follow safe sleep guidelines.


2. Side/Stomach Position

Placing your baby on their side or stomach can also help soothe them. Make sure to always supervise your baby while they are in this position, and be sure to place them on a firm, flat surface. The side/stomach position can help your baby feel secure and can also help with digestion.


3. Shushing

Babies are used to the constant noise of the womb, so shushing can help recreate that familiar sound. You can use a white noise machine, a shushing app on your phone, or simply make a "shhh" sound yourself. Shushing can help calm your baby and drown out other noises that may be disturbing them.


4. Swinging

Babies love motion, and swinging can help calm a fussy baby. You can use a baby swing, a bouncy seat, or simply hold your baby and gently rock them back and forth. Make sure the motion is gentle and not too fast or jerky.


5. Sucking

Sucking is a natural instinct for babies, and it can be very soothing for them. You can offer your baby a pacifier, a clean finger to suck on, or a bottle or breast if they are hungry. Sucking can help calm your baby and provide them with comfort.


The 5 S's of soothing newborns can be a lifesaver for new parents. Swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking can help calm your baby and provide them with the comfort they need. Remember to always follow safe sleep guidelines and supervise your baby closely while using these techniques. With practice and patience, you can become a pro at soothing your fussy baby.


A night nurse can be an invaluable resource when it comes to implementing the 5 S's of soothing newborns. They can provide expert guidance and assistance, allowing you to get the rest you need while ensuring your baby is happy and comfortable.


Night nurses can show you the proper way to swaddle your baby to ensure they are comfortable and safe. They can also help you choose the right swaddling blankets and provide tips on how to transition your baby out of swaddling when the time comes. Night nurses can help you establish a feeding schedule and ensure your baby is getting the proper nutrition. They can also show you the proper way to offer a pacifier or clean finger for your baby to suck on.


If you are interested in learning more about how a night nurse or postpartum doula can help you implement the 5 S's, we'd love to hear from you!




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