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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 (998 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Directors: Nina Montee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (998 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J021C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570 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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272 of 283 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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88 of 111 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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26 of 32 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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64 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable: common sense solutions for crying babies! September 23, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have to new parents March 1, 2006
I wish I had this DVD before I had my baby. It is so informative. My baby was 7 weeks old when I got this DVD and followed what Dr. Karp said on swaddling (we used the miracle blanket) the baby and from then on she slept through the night. The 5 S's definitely worked. My baby definitely is the Happiest Baby on the Block. Now I'm ready to get the Happiest Toddler on the Block.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Happiest Baby on the Block March 25, 2006
This DVD is very helpful for a parent or grandparent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver.
Techniques learned worked the first night used. My little girl went from sleeping four hour stretches at the most to seven hours the first night. Her naps are longer too.
Published 20 hours ago by Notsotired
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This will save you precious sleep. Nuff said.
Published 5 days ago by Michael Miser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful for the new mother.
Published 9 days ago by Jane Gribble
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
Best gift we received as new parents
Published 10 days ago by sarah antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for new parents !
Fantastic video with lots of good information. I think every new parent needs to watch this a few times before the baby is born. Highly recommended.
Published 13 days ago by Babak B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have!
This DVD was a total game changer for us but especially my husband. My husband felt so helpless when we got home from the hospital because he couldn't console our daughter when she... Read more
Published 13 days ago by KeeKop
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Baby Bible
This is my baby bible!! Along with "Baby Wise" by Gary Ezzo. This video is a must have for all new parents and childcare professionals. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ricci S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD with practical strategies on how to calm a baby
This DVD provides practical strategies for how to calm a fussy baby. Dr Karp also talks about how to facilitate the calming reflex and the importance of a baby's first 3 months of... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Anarosela
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For All New Parents.
This DVD was an amazing resource for us.
It gives you the tools you need to help soothe little ones. Read more
Published 23 days ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Works!
I get this as a present for all new moms after my husband and I watched it and used the method on our daughter. It worked really well! Read more
Published 28 days ago by Julie T. Vieth
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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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