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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 (1,042 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 (1,042 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J021C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689 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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277 of 290 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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90 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW solutions for crying, difficult babies July 31, 2004
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is a life-saver! January 31, 2006
I ordered this DVD when my son was 3 months old and I wish we had received it before he was born! The techniques in the DVD still worked my little guy, but it would have made the first 3 months so much easier. They should send everyone home from the hospital with the DVD and a copy of the book! It is my new favorite baby shower gift along with a swaddling blanket!
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65 of 88 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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The need for a "fourth trimester" for our newborns, as suggested in "THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK", is something I've taught for years in childbirth, parenting and infant massage classes. Still, I was surprised at the excitement I felt while watching Dr. Karp's video. The idea of pulling together some basic tools people naturally use to calm babies, and thereby helping to elicit a "calming reflex", struck me as simple, yet brilliant. Dr. Karp also provides powerful rationale for why the tools work, and how to combine them for the best results.

Currently I also work as a lactation specialist. I see brand new parents who are in the midst of that immediate postpartum "overwhelm". I have found it supportive to my efforts to refer parents to Dr. Karp's work, as the problems with breastfeeding are not always about feeding. New parents can lack the basic information, skills, and confidence needed to interact successfully with their babies. This, in turn, can complicate the baby's adjustment from womb to world, and negatively affect many aspects of life, including feeding. Seeing these calming techniques in action on this great video makes it possible to understand and learn them quickly and easily...a plus for new parents! Parents' confidence then increases as they learn to pay respectful attention to their newborns, and implement Dr. Karp's techniques and rationale. As they see their positive influence thier baby's ability to calm , the parents themselves become calmer. Calmer parents and babies can positively affect breast feeding.
Also, as a parenting educator, I know this type of early "success cycle" cycle between parent and child can set the stage for making parenting easier and far more rewarding for the rest of their lives. I encourage every new and prospective parent to get Dr. Karp's video, "THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK"!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This DVD does an excellent job of giving you some alternatives to...
Don't deceive yourselves. You are going to have to put in the time. That is part of parenting. This DVD does an excellent job of giving you some alternatives to calming your... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Kevin B. Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars $10 seems a bit much but it was very educational ...
$10 seems a bit much but it was very educational. That said, my baby is still not here so I'll let you know more when he is with us.
Published 10 hours ago by Tiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best $10 we ever spent!
Life changing! It really works
Published 2 days ago by Allison VE
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what we would've done without it
Don't know what we would've done without it. Have passed it on to my brother for their new baby, now that my son is 3.5 months old.
Published 5 days ago by Flygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This should be mandatory viewing for all new parents. The techniques in this DVD worked in minutes with our fussy baby. Read more
Published 7 days ago by H. MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
Got the movie just in time like it said. First time I tried the swaddle it worked baby slept 6 + hours before this she was waking every 2hrs, it was amazing she's only 5 weeks. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Elsa V Garibay
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great DVD to see the 5 S's in action - ...
That Dr Karp is a little egotistical, it appears, but you can't argue that his method doesn't work. This is a great DVD to see the 5 S's in action - way easier to follow than the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by maggiej
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish we found this sooner--it saved our lives!
Before my wife and I learned the 5 S's--if our daughter was crying super-hard, we'd rock her and do all types of things to get her to stop crying. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jeremy S. Touzel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 12 days ago by ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
New parents have told me it was the most useful gift they received.
Published 12 days ago by Claudia Russell
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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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