Soothing Restless Babies

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

The tried-and-true method of Harvey Karp can support your baby or toddler through colic and tantrums. Using the "5 S's" during vaccinations can calm the experience for baby and parent alike.


Harvey Karp is the guru on soothing restless babies.  NPR recently did an article with him discussing the use of his famed S’s to soothe a baby having vaccinations.


Harvey Karp's 5 S's:

  1. Swaddle

  2. Side or Stomach Position

  3. Shush

  4. Swing

  5. Suck


Please look at or listen to the article: NPR and Harvey Karp.


Harvey Karp’s methods are used not only during vaccinations but also to soothe colicky babies and tantruming toddlers.  His books include, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, both of which I highly recommend.  These titles can also be found as audiobooks for the sleep deprived parent who cannot stay awake to read.


Dr. Karp does a marvelous job of demonstrating his techniques.



Use Harvey Karp’s methods to soothe babies and toddlers through vaccinations, colic, or tantrums.
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