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The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD (2003)

Dr. Harvey Karp  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,035 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Trinity Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,035 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0972179526
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • A 38 minute course on baby calming (in Spanish and English)
  • A question and answer section (60 minutes)
  • Three different tracks of whitenoise for calming crying babies and prolonging sleep (60 minutes)

Editorial Reviews

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In this enlightening and compassionate presentation, Karp demonstrates how to use this calming reflex to quickly soothe a screaming infant. -- Criticas Nov-Dec 2002

Product Description

Off-switch for baby's crying.Dr. Harvey Karp, noted pediatrician and child development expert, reveals the amazing secret used for centuries by the world's top parents.

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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
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is a life-saver! January 31, 2006
Format:DVD
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 87 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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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for new parents July 23, 2004
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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
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 13 hours ago by Jeremy S. Touzel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Purchased for work
Published 15 hours 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 15 hours ago by Claudia Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 S's Rock!
The 5 S's work like a charm! Sometimes you have to try them in different combos but they really do sooth a fussy baby. Thank goodness for these tips!
Published 1 day ago by Landon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really really works! !
Published 1 day ago by madeline boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Seriously, do not go without reading or watching this when you have a newborn!
Published 1 day ago by Nathan Scholl
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not recommend more. It turned our screaming baby we didn't ...
We watched this at 2am when we were at our wit's end from Amazon instant video and it saved us from going completely insane. Could not recommend more. Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Held
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is a little old (it's still in SD) ...
The movie is a little old (it's still in SD) and I wish the dude wore something other than a blue shirt to every single visit he made, but the things he does to help soothe a baby... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tech Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for every single new parent
My husband and I rave about this to anybody expecting their first. Worked for us.
Published 3 days ago by Marisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Your baby will thank you if you get this DVD
This DVD was invaluable when we had our first child. The strategies really work to help smooth a baby. Now I buy it as a gift for new moms I know. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 days ago by Tara Fry
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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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