The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer
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"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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great techniques to calm babies. Highly recommend for new parents to watchPublished 3 days ago by M.P.S.
This DVD saved us from losing more sleep than necessary, which means it saved our sanity. It's now a standard gift I send to our new-parent friends. Brilliant. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tourpilot
I'm the grandmother and learned some surprising new tricks myself!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I don't think this works for every single baby because like people, everyone is different. I suggest going online and searching for these clips. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jenerationmama
I liked being able to watch this with my husband and felt like he had really good tips on making your crying baby happy - must watch for any expecting parent!Published 14 days ago by Mary E Wilson
I downloaded this in the hospital because I could not figure out what why my newborn was crying after trying all the obvious reasons. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jessica Skinner
I thought I knew how to sooth and swaddle a baby, but after watching this hour-long video our sweet one is sleeping longer and better. Just wish I had purchased this sooner. Read morePublished 21 days ago by JoDB
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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
Dec 19, 2006 by T. Khan | See all 3 posts
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