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. After your baby has been fussing or crying for 15 seconds, go through the following steps.
If none of these steps work, you may have a baby who is very hard to console. However, before jumping to conclusions, repeat the test at least 2 more times on different days. If your baby is very hard to calm talk to your pediatrician at the first well-baby visit.