Dr. Harvey Karp's well-organized and easy-to-read book Happiest Baby on the Block is a life-saver and pure magic for many parents looking for help in soothing a crying baby. It provides information and tools for soothing babies 0-3 months old, which Karp refers to as "The Fourth Trimester."
The 5 S's for Soothing a Fussy Baby
The tools that Dr. Karp describes to calm a distressed baby by triggering his or her "calming reflex" can be summarized in what he calls the 5 S's: swaddling, the side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking. Although many of these actions may seem obvious and innate for some parents, it is the bundling of them together that works its true magic.
While we like the book as it covers points in further detail, we recommend beginning with the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD instead. Why? Because if you have a crying newborn in the house, you're probably not in much of a state of mind to start reading a 200+ page book.