This test measures the number of things that you need to do to stop your baby's fussing and let your baby calm him- or herself.
To test your baby's self-calming skills, pick a time during the first month of life when your baby is happy, content, and sleeping. Don't do this if your child is sick or has had a change in routine. Wake up your baby either by clapping your hands loudly above the crib or bassinet or by moving your baby around enough to get him crying. Keep in mind the goal is to help your baby develop the ability to soothe himself to sleep at bedtime and put himself to sleep on his own if he awakens during the night. After your baby has been fussing or crying for 15 seconds, go through the following steps. ALONE. Leave your baby completely alone for a full 3 minutes to see if he is capable of quieting by himself. Although the 3 minutes may seem like an eternity, wait the full time. Rushing to comfort immediately when your child starts to cry may deprive him of the chance to figure out how to comfort himself. Your baby is considered to have self-quieting skills if he becomes quiet for at least 5 seconds. If your baby is still crying at the end of 3 minutes, then take the next step.
If none of these steps work, repeat the test at least 2 more times on different days. If your baby is very hard to calm, talk to your healthcare provider at the first well-baby visit. Some babies may not be able to self-calm until they are a little older.