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Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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Colicky baby with tired mom
KANTI, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

My baby is 4 weeks old and very colicky. He cries all day long and at night. He doesn’t easily go to sleep and of he drifts off doesn’t sleep more than 30 min at a time. Is there anything I can do to help him? I’m exhausted!

Caroline
CAROLINE

That’s tough and I feel for you! Have you tried the 5s yet? It stands for swaddling, shushing, sucking, side/stomach and swing: Swaddle your baby tightly (but make sure to leave the swaddle loose around the hips), offer a Paci for him to suck on, hold him on his side or in a prone (stomach down) position, make a shushing sound next to his ear and swing/rock him (about an inch back and forth and make sure the head isn’t bopping), and see if that calms him down. Once he is calm, it’s still important to place him on his back in his crib/bassinet to sleep for safety reasons. Also, make sure that you are putting him down within a pretty short awake window. At that age, they can only be up for 30-45min max (and that includes the time when they are eating).

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How early can I start?
CATHY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi Caroline. I have heard a lot about sleep training and am curious how early can you start with sleep training?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Before a child is four months old- which means 4 months adjusted age counting from the actual due date and not the birthdate-a baby generally doesn't have the "wiring" to take to sleep training. An "easy" baby could be nudged into the "right" direction before he or she is four months old, but starting too soon will create a lot of unnecessary stress for both you and your baby.