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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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