How to Calm Your Colicky Baby

Expert tips that soothe your crying infant.

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Now that you know The Truth About Colic, check out pediatrician Harvey N. Karp's "Five S's"—which simulate the womb's environment, and turns on Baby's calming reflex, helping her sleep longer. Tip: Practice with a doll or sleeping baby.

Swaddling: Wrap the baby securely in a blanket with her arms tucked inside so she can't flail.

Side/stomach position: Hold the baby snugly in your arms on her left side or stomach.

Shushing sounds: Use white-noise machines, humidifiers, fans, vacuums, etc. The shushing should be as loud as the baby's crying.

Swinging: Try rocking, car rides or infant swings.

Sucking: Let your baby nurse, take a bottle of breast milk or formula, or suck on your finger or a pacifier.

Need more help? Check out The Happiest Baby "Super-Soothing" Sleep Sounds, with its 5 white noise tracks that promise to help calm the fussies super fast. An extra bonus: it may even help boost baby's sleep by 1-3 hours at night. According to Karp, you can stop the sound whenever you want, but most parents use it for a year or more. Find out more at