The 5 S’s, my method for soothing crying babies, are now taught by public health programs across the United States in dozens of other nations. Doctors have adopted this approach for 2 key reasons: 1) It helps parents feel confident and bond to their babies and 2) Reducing infant crying and parental exhaustion can save lives and lower health care costs.

Many scientific studies have confirmed that infant crying and parent exhaustion are key triggers for:

  • Child abuse: Causing at least 1,500 hospitalizations per year, including 1,200 cases of brain damage and 400 deaths.
  • Postpartum depression: Plaguing 10-50% of new moms and many new dads. Anxiety and depression can lead to breastfeeding failure, accidents, child neglect, the long-term need for medication, and even suicide.
  • Breastfeeding failure: Leading to SIDs, declining infant health and increased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer for mothers.
  • Other health problems: Including maternal smoking, car accidents, overtreatment for acid reflex…even more maternal obesity.

Get your baby—and yourself—the sleep you need. Not only will you feel better on a day to day basis (and enjoy the early days with your baby more) you will lower many health risks for your family. Learn more about SNOO smart sleeper, and how it can help!

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.