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

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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 superstars...like 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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"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

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J021C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I bought this DVD with the book to help me figure out how to help calm my colicky 6 week old baby. I definitely recommend getting the book. You could probably skip the DVD and just head to the Happiest Baby website to see the 5 S's modeled. The DVD is good for learning how to swaddle correctly, knowing how loud to shush and how to jiggle properly, but again, I think you could find this for free on youtube. Also, check your local library for a copy because once you see it, you probably won't have to watch it twice.
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The DVD gives you detailed demonstrations on five methods of comforting an infant so that s/he stops crying, sleeps better, and so that YOU get more sleep. There's some basic information about the theory behind these methods, and some very helpful advice on what doesn't work, and things that work but can lead to bad habits.

And that's really all there is to it. If that doesn't seem like a lot, when then you obviously haven't had to deal with an infant that cries at all hours turning your entire house into sleepless zombies. I have. It isn't pretty.

Incidentally, the DVD is MUCH MUCH better than the book. In fact, don't bother with the book at all. Watching the video gives you in a few seconds what it takes 5 pages to get from the book.

The DVD also includes an extended Q&A session with the doctor and some womb noises (which did nothing for our kids, but might work for yours).

For the last two years, this has been the gift we give at showers because while you might not need it, if you do the DVD is worth its weight in gold.
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We bought this DVD on our pediatrician's recommendation and I'm very glad we did. I'll admit I was a little skeptical of Dr. Karp's methods at first - my boyfriend and I snickered a bit watching him SHHHH so loudly in the babies' ears, but today we tried it with our 2-week-old and by god it works!

Our baby has been super fussy in the evenings, screaming inconsolably every minute she isn't eating, and it used to take endless rocking and bouncing to get her to calm down. Tonight, however, it only took a few minutes of trial and error using these methods before we got her to settle. It wasn't quite as immediate or dramatic as what you see in the video, but it was definitely much more efficient than our previous routine.

What's even more incredible, though, is that once we finally got her to sleep she stayed asleep for almost 5 hours. She's never slept more than 3 hours at a time so this was pretty shocking.

I haven't read the book but I will say that I think being able to see the methods in action is really helpful, so I would recommend people try the DVD first.

**UPDATE** Unfortunately we've discovered that the Happiest Baby methods aren't foolproof, and since I wrote the initial review there have been many times when no amount of swaddling or shushing or swinging would help our baby settle down. In fact, sometimes those techniques just seem to make her more upset. It's possible that we're not doing it right, but suffice it to say this DVD hasn't totally been the miracle cure-all we were hoping for. Even so, it has given us some useful tools and when it does work it usually makes our baby sleep longer, so I'm still glad we got it.
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By Erin on August 1, 2014
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Just as some other reviewers said, this is not some magical technique like people seem to think it is. The instructions for calming a baby contained here can be written in one paragraph, and it's all common sense stuff like, "swaddle the baby," "shush the baby," "give the baby a pacifier," "rock the baby." Come on! What parent hasn't tried these things already? As I was watching the DVD my "commercialized quack bulls*** detector" was going off big time. Don't waste your money.
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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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That about sums it up. It was useful, but not up to par with other instructional videos and documentaries. This felt more like a self-promotion video.
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There is no magic to any of it. When dealing with a baby you're dealing with random chaos. This guy is a jackwagon making tons of money on some things that are common sense, and other things that are questionable. Do not buy the dvd or the book. The dvd is like home video and basically useless. Use your common sense and consult your pediatrician. And there is plenty of information online for free that is more useful than this.
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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
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