Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Happiest Baby On the Block

For all of those looking forward to the fourth trimester, this book by Dr. Karp has been helpful to many parents. He encourages the "Five S's" system.

Swaddling - Tight swaddling imitates the mother's womb.

Side/stomach position - I knows this goes against what we're now being taught, but Dr. Karp suggests placing the baby on her left side to assist in digestion. I'm a little too nervous to put her on my stomach, which he also recommends for a short period of time to provide support. Use your own judgment.

Shushing Sounds - These sounds remind the baby of the blood flowing through arteries near the womb. This sound can be in the form of a vacuum cleaner, or you make it close to your baby's ear.

Swinging - I noticed that my baby is particularly relaxed when I'm walking. Babies are used to the swinging motion from the womb. The author belives they miss the motion once outside of the womb. He suggests rocking or car rides.

Sucking - Many parents are amazed when they see their baby sucking their finger in the womb, from ultrasounds. The calming reflex can be accomplished with a bottle, finger, breast, or pacifier.


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