Originally Posted by imgr8ful
it's a good one, lots of ideas to try - but takes some work :LOL
another good book is the happiest baby on the block by harvey karp - i read it before ds1 but he was so calm and easy, i didn't use much, i'm re-reading it now and using the ideas, the past few days have been sooo much better! i'll try to share them if i get a chance in the next week or so (parents are here now...)
this book has saved my sanity! i don't have time right now to share the whole theory, but the main idea is babies miss the womb - so use the 5 s's...
1 swaddling - needs to be tight! and w/ arms down, sling works the same as swaddling pretty much
2 side/stomach - more comfortable
3 shhhhhh'ing - sound they heard in the womb
4 swinging - jiggling, bouncing, whatever movement feels like the womb
5 sucking - on the breast, a pacifier, a finger, whatever
the process of getting wrapped up in the tight swaddle, but as soon as i pick him up and start moving, he's completely calm, it's like magic...he explains in detail how to do them all and do them all together, but combining 1, 2, & 4 always works for dade.
anyway, highly recc the book, easy read (i haven't finished it yet, he has tips for sleeping too at the end) - and it's not too late, most fussiness peaks around 6 weeks and then fades around 3 months when they're brains are a little more developed, their stomachs more mature, and the newborn reflexes have disappeared. hth