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The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer (2006)

Dr. Harvey Karp , Nina Montee  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (957 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Directors: Nina Montee
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Happiest Baby, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (957 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J021C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Fascinating!" Julius Richmond, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General "Our baby boy responded to the '5 S's' immediately!" Keely and Pierce Brosnan, Journalist/Environmentalist and Actor "...the best way I know how to help crying babies!" Steven P. Shelov, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, American Academy of Pediatrics' Caring for Your Baby and Young Child "Every mother needs tools that really work...and Harvey's really do." Michelle Pfeiffer, Actress/Producer --The Happiest Baby, Inc.

"Roll over Dr. Spock!" The New York Times "Dr. Karp has written the best book that I've read on the challenging topic of crying babies." Morris Green, MD, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University "The Happiest Baby is a witty and masterful book bursting with wisdom from start to finish." James McKenna, PhD, Chairman, Dept of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame "Harvey Karp would make my Big Mama proud! He is leading us back to ages old basics." Alfre Woodard, actress "Dr. Karp's Cuddle Cure is quite simply the best way I know to calm crying babies." Stanley Inkelis, MD, Director Pediatric Emergency Room, Harbor-UCLA Hospital "Dr. Karp's 5 S's are the real deal. They make me look like a magician when I teach them to parents, and give parents confidence that they can calm their babies." Ann Grauer, president of DONA (Doulas of North America) "Calmer babies equal calmer parents! Dr. Karp s insights are a key to reducing the anger and frustration that can lead to shaking." J.Hmurovich, President/CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America --The Happiest Baby, Inc.

"The Happiest Baby on the Block is fun, fascinating and convincing. I highly recommend it to all new parents." --Elisabeth Bing, author and co-founder of Lamaze International

Product Description

The Happiest Baby reveals a stunning new discovery...the calming reflex. It's almost an "off switch" for crying that all babies are born with. Within just days you'll boost your baby's sleep 1-3 hours every night. Dr. Karp and his amazing 5 S's have helped over a million parents from working moms to Madonna! Bonus features: Dr. Karp answers 25 common parenting questions. Bonus sneak peek of The Happiest Toddler on the Block DVD (8 mo.-5 yr.) English or Spanish language

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266 of 277 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! She CAN stop crying!!! August 21, 2002
By Kim
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
After 5 straight weeks of sleepless nights, my husband and I were walking zombies. Our infant would wake every hour to 2 hours throughout the night and just scream. During the day she would also scream uncontrollably - even though the doctor found nothing wrong with her physically. I had convinced myself that she just wasn't a happy baby like our 6 year old was and life with Isabel would be tough!
Then I searched Amazon one night under "Colic" and found this book and video. Even though we have absolutely no time to read, we did watch the video (while she wailed). My husband tried the swaddling and shhing techniques that night and she quieted down after about 10 minutes. Now 1 week later she calms after 5 min or so AND she is sleeping 4 hours at a time. We feel great and she finally looks peaceful - and not agitated.
Both the book and video are geared toward the first 3 months of life.... and the notion that most babies 1st 3 months of life are really the 4th trimester in their developement. Our first child slept soundly from day one..... but we were blown away with this second one. Thank you Dr. Karp! We finally feel like humans again and the stress level in our home has dropped tremendously.
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87 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW solutions for crying, difficult babies July 31, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Raised 3 kids, thought I knew most of the techniques for ssothing babies, helping them through rough days (colic, teething, fussy times). But this video brings NEW research and tips to make life easier for parents of new babies...and if you're an aunt or grandparent, you'll learn something new too. SOme of the suggestions are simply amazing, making specific sounds gently into the baby's ears and seeing an instant, peaceful transformation.

Many of these suggestions come from looking at life from the baby's perspective and, in retrospect, seem like common sense (but not as easy as it sounds, otherwise there'd be no need for this video). Well worth your viewing time and could bring relief to many an exhausted parent (and baby).
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63 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable: common sense solutions for crying babies! September 23, 2003
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Dr. Karp applied common sense to the "problem" of crying babies that most new parents face, by borrowing from traditions being used around the world to calm babies down as if you had "flipped a switch." He acknowledges the existence of a 'fourth trimester', i.e. the first three months of the baby's life and the need to use techniques to make the baby feel as in the mother's womb to calm him/her down, appealing to their calm reflex.
These techniques are summarized as the five S's: Swaddling (very tight, to resemble the tight environment of the uterus), Side or Stomach position (otherwise known as the football hold), Shushing (as loud as the baby cries), Swinging (making the head jiggle slightly, to replicate the mom's movements with the baby in her tummy) and Sucking (with your finger, or a pacifier in place).
As intuitive or odd these techniques may sound to you, you need to view this video: it will probably make the difference for you as it has for so many parents. As I write this, we're in our last couple of weeks of pregnancy, and we're ready to apply them to our upcoming baby boy.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for new parents July 23, 2004
We are parents of a 5 week old girl - our first child. At about week 3 we noticed more and more crying in the afternoon/evening. Luckily she would calm down by about 11:00 and sleep for 3 hours, so I know we don't have it as bad as some parents. Nonetheless, it really starts to wear you down. On more than one occasion we questioned our decision to have a baby. We tried the Mylicon drops, but those didn't seem to help much. We talked to our doctor who tried to assure us that this is just a phase some babies go through. Then I remembered a book that was featured on Oprah a couple months ago. Being the skeptic that I am, I didn't pay much attention to it. But desperate times call for desperate measures. We looked up the book here on Amazon, and sure enough it got great reviews. Even better, there was a DVD version for those of us that don't have the time to read the book. So we ordered it and had it shipped overnight. As we were watching it, our daughter started fussing so we followed along with the 5 S's. Sure enough, she calmed down within a minute. We were amazed. We use these techniques everytime she starts to fuss and almost everytime we are able to calm her down. Keep in mind that this isn't a cure for colic/crying, but they are ways to help babies calm themselves. The DVD also includes a Q&A session where Dr. Karp answers a lot of common questions, as well as a 3 calming sound tracks. They are sounds recorded from inside the womb, with different degrees of intensity. Pretty bizarre, but they seem to work. Sure beats running the vacuum cleaner! We definitely recommend this DVD, and we will give it as a gift for any new parents we know.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked wonders with our son November 12, 2005
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We watched this when our son was a few weeks old and it worked immediately to soothe him. I wish I had watched it sooner. I also read the book, but the dvd was much more helpful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful! March 8, 2006
The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and book were recommended by our pediatrician. The video is great. Very useful, simple tips to quiet a crying baby. The grandparents and aunts have also found the video useful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Hushed my baby the first time we tried his method! Very helpful so glad I heard from a friend to try it!
Published 4 hours ago by jhoov
5.0 out of 5 stars Would buy!
Great! Very informative! I hope the techniques work on my child when he is born. They look simple & effective based on his research.
Published 5 hours ago by miriam
4.0 out of 5 stars His Techniques Definitely Work
Dr. Karp's techniques really work. But you must be really patient and following his instructions carefully. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Squeegie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Visual
I was thinking about buying the book because I have heard so many good things about it but I didn't think my husband would read it. The video has some good, practical advice. Read more
Published 3 days ago by HeyTerra
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
I have been following him for a long time but actually took time to watch this. I highly recommend this technique and this video.
Published 4 days ago by Alicia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not groundbreaking
Good tips, but the video is way too long for the amount of information that is given. Seriously, google the 5 S's before you pay for the video. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MrsOliva
5.0 out of 5 stars Near immediate relief for parents of newborns
The pregnancy center, where I direct the men's program, uses this DVD with our clients. It has been very well received and appreciated by clients. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Great information and it works! Very impressive and easy to follow. We havevimplemented these techniques on a daily basis and our son is sleeping longer and calmercatcnight, as... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Refika Ramic
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful information
not everything in this video may help you or your baby, but I now buy this as gifts and give it to new moms for their showers because it is great to watch the video and see what... Read more
Published 10 days ago by sbailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
I have used these techniques with my two older kids and plan to use them again with the coming one. I bought this one as a gift. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Alberto Suarez-Rivero
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Is this good for older babies?
I think it could be a bit late. All the advice could help but you need to put the techniques into practice.Tnhere are things that if your baby have not been used to he/she might not like them at 6 moths. For example if you have never swaddle your baby he might not like it now. From my experience... Read more
Dec 19, 2006 by T. Khan |  See all 3 posts
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