The Happiest Baby on the Block: Side/Stomach


This is a short chapter, I guess because it is pretty self-explanatory. In Chapter 9, Karp discusses the side/stomach position. This is the second S. After you have swaddled your baby, you place him on his side or stomach. He says this triggers the calming reflex and turns off the Moro reflex (page 130). Karp warns that these positions are not for sleeping, but for calming the baby.

Here are some ways to hold baby on side/stomach (starting on page 133):


  • Reverse-Breast-Feeding Hold: Swaddle baby. This is basically like the standard hold mom’s use to breastfeed, but with the head facing out rather than facing the parent’s body. Baby is on his side.
  • Football Hold: Baby is not swaddled for this hold. Baby is on his tummy, with his head in your hand and his torso on your arm. His legs hang over the sides of your arm.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Hold: Swaddle baby. Your baby’s tummy is on your shoulder.

That is it for the side-stomach information!

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3 thoughts on “The Happiest Baby on the Block: Side/Stomach”

  1. Thank you for this information. I feel like I’m reading the cliff notes of this book! 🙂 Thank you. I’m not where to ask this, because I’m not really sure which heading it goes under. Currently, my 10 wk old son has been STTN about 7 hrs for about 2 weeks. We are still doing a dream feed, and he DOES wake around 6:30 -7:30 am. every once in a while, normally just babbling to himself, but for the most part, wakes up around 8 am. We were/are trying to get him on a 8-8 schedule, with his DF being around 11-11:30 pm. One night, however, we both fell asleep, and didn’t wake til almost 12:30 am! So, we fed him, and he slept soundly all the way until 8 am! We’ve been trying to push it back every 10 minutes, but we’ve noticed that he wakes up earlier when we do that…Basically, we are still doing his DF at midnight now…and have been for the past week. So, is the 12am DF ok? Should we continue to do this feed so we can have him sleep til 8am? Or, should we continue to push it back (asap since his body is obviously geting used to this pattern)? It’s been so nice to have him sleep “in”… and I have to admit, I love it, too! Another concern I had was his daily schedule. Can a combo schedule of 3-4 hr ok? Sometimes, he can go the full 4 hrs; sometimes only 3.5…and sometimes, still only 3. I’ve been looking for his feeding cues, and for the most part, it falls w/in the 3-4 hr range. Is that ok?Thank you for your consistency and dedication to this site. It helps us immensely!!

  2. It’s Ann again. I wanted to add to my previous post:My son is a big boy. He’s already 15 lbs at 10 weeks. He was born big, and while his “age” is young, I believe he is at the age where most 15 pounders are…whatever age that is. 🙂 I’m not sure if that has anything to do with anything…but I thought I should let you know. Is it ok that he is also VERY WIDE AWAKE at his 12am DF? He goes down w/o any fuss, though. I just didn’t know if you had any thoughts on that. Like maybe he was going to need this feed for awhile. Another thing I noticed was after his 8 am feed, he goes 4 hrs between feeds. But then it gradually gets less throughout the day. Any thoughts on that? Like maybe he needs more sleep? Thank you again! Any input on any of the things I mentioned is so greatly appreciated!!

  3. A dreamfeed is technically before midnight. But you can do what you ant to 🙂 When it comes time to drop it, it might be more of a process since you can’t really back it up easily. Basically, it is up to you to decide.As for him being wide awake, that is fine. Some babies wake up for it and some seem to sleep through it (though they aren’t really asleep). It is totally normal to go longer intervals in the morning. If he is breastfeeding, milk supply is highest and of the best quality in the morning. So he is getting more calories in the morning time.Yes, that combo schedule is just fine.


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