Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing with the womb.


Side/Stomach Position
The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reasurring 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.


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 has its effects deep within the nervous system," notes Karp, "and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain."


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