How To Get Your Newborn Baby To Sleep Through The Night: Applying Dr. Karp’s Five S’s


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  1. That’s really an interesting article. Wish I had known some of those facts when mine were little, although we did make good use of the swing. They both LOVED it.

    Thanks for contributing this lovely post to the Carnival of Family Life which I am posting this week! It is a valuable addition to the Carnival!

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    Thanks for the feedback and thanks for hosting the carnival.

  3. I found it very interesting reading your website. My daughters baby (7 weeks) cries through the day unless he is in the baby carrier. She now has a sore neck!
    We have tried dummies (british equivalent of pacifiers. could you please tell me what brand(make) you eventually used?
    Thank you for your help
    M Tierney

  4. Eric says:

    Hi Marjory,

    We used a Soothie. Many hospitals in the US use them. Here are some links related to the pacifier:

    I tried to find the product on Amazon UK but they dont seem to have it.

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  5. Candace says:

    do u have the illustration for how to swaddle my baby. im having a difficult time with her. she is 3 weeks old and is awake about every 2 hours. i dont even care if she wakes up at nite, at least every 4 hours

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  7. laura says:

    Babies at 7 weeks shouldnīt be sleeping right through night..they need to be fed every 3 hours, never longer than 4.

    I agree with the swaddling..itīs a great idea!

  8. Tracey (UK) says:

    Laura – Try telling that to my 7 week old breastfed baby (who has been swaddled from day one incidentally), she’s slept 8 hours or longer 3 times in the last week. Interestingly she hasn’t reduced the overall number of times she feeds, she feeds the same amount and cluster-feeds in the evening leading up to bedtime.

    Marjory – You can buy the Soothies on eBay, but the same manufacturer now also do the Gum Drop which is slightly better design – I also bought mine on eBay.

    BTW I loved the article! Once our Daughter’s asleep she sleeps very well because of being swaddled, she just resists getting there! Have just bought a Miracle Blanket as our Daughter has just been prescribed a Pavlik Harness as she has DDH, and the extra bulk of the harness means she’s almost outgrown the SwaddleMe blankets we bought before she was born.

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  12. lucie says:

    Wondering which pacifier worked as my daughter will only suck on a pinky or breast.. we have tried many pacifiers and she just spits them out. She is 5 weeks old… is she just too little for one?

  13. Joculete says:

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  14. Mimi says:

    I think light swaddling is just OK, But I think babies move more in the womb than we think and I think these very early weeks and months are so important in moving and strengthening the arms and legs. Maybe the first 8-10 days and then a gown where there are mitts to keep babies from pulling their own hair etc. You will be amazed how much they wiggle and move and that is all very important developmentally!!!

  15. Lauren says:

    I tried the swaddling, ssshhhh, and swing last night and it was the first peaceful night in my house since my daughter was born. I hope that it lasts. The kicker is that I used to work at a day care and I always swaddled the babies to get them to sleep, but i didnt think to do it to my own baby. I guess thats what happens when you are exhausted

  16. Jemima says:

    Hi, I completely empathise with the parents of a colicky child. It’s hard work!

    Our little one suffered from Colic for 3 months, and the only thing which stopped him crying was the sound of white noise. White noise is what babies hear in the womb, and it seems to calm them right down.

    I’ve posted the link to the one we used. It’s called:
    Shhh… The Secret to Sleep! Natural White Noise from the Purest Waters In the World.

    It was absolutely brilliant, especially the calming wave sounds! Make sure you play the recordings fairly loud. Good luck!

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  17. Tami says:

    You say you started swaddling your baby when he was 7-weeks-old?

    My 8-week-old has a huge startle reflex, wakes himself up every half-hour during the day and every hour at night.

    I found a swaddler that works a few days ago and he finally slept for 3 hours, but during those hours I checked some research and found that infants who start swaddling later can become hard to wake up thus putting them at greater risk for SIDS.

    How is you son doing? Do you know anyone (or is anyone reading this) that has introduced swaddling at a late date?

    Here is a link to an article about the study:

  18. Eric says:

    Hi Tami,
    My son is now 6 years old and he is doing fine. Wow how the years go by. We applied the swaddling to our twin girls also (who are now almost 4 years old) when they were just newborns and it made a big difference. We kept them swaddled until about 5 months.

    Regarding the link you sent, I had a look at it and searched until I found the original article published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Very interesting. Even more interesting is an article I found from the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. Dr. Bradley Thach writes a review of the Journal of Pediatrics article and his concluding words are in line with what you were wondering.

    He writes the following:

    “In summary, the article by Richardson et al adds signiÔ¨Ācant
    new information on arousal thresholds to tactile stimuli in
    swaddled infants. It should be noted, however, that currently
    there is insufficient evidence to indicate that infants swaddled
    while supine are at increased risk for SIDS. All in all, it would
    appear that the advantages of swaddling supine-sleeping
    infants outweigh the risks, if any

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  25. Hello everyone, I am a new mother and I am trying to get my three month son to sleep longer during night. At the moment I’m fortunate to get three hours rest a night. Thanks

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