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3.0 out of 5 stars Good info...but not worth a whole book, June 28, 2010
This review is from: The Happiest Baby on the Block (Paperback)
The thesis in the book is excellent - by understanding a baby's needs and how the first few months are really the "fourth trimester," we can learn to use his five-steps to calming a colicky infant.

The problem isn't that the advice is bad, because it's excellent and very practical. It's that he just repeats and repeats the same points, occasionally slipping in another nugget of useful info. This should be a 10-page handout, not a book. Heck, I probably could paste in enough directions for you to do this in this comment box, thus saving you from buying the whole book.

My advice - check it out from the library or borrow it, because in 20 minutes you'll have figured it out and you you can spend the money on diapers (the need of which cannot be abridged!).
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Showing 1-10 of 13 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 10, 2011 8:11:40 AM PST
bob bubu says:
Thats exactly what i thought, he took a handout and tried to stretch it into a book. EXTREMELY repetitive.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 10:35:46 AM PDT
Angela says:
Agreed. I found the book at a thrift store for 0.50 cents and was very glad I didn't pay full price. I scanned it in about an hour and got all I needed.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 7:54:03 AM PDT
This review is 100% spot on.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 1:15:19 PM PDT
New York, NY says:
Completely agree with the post and comments. Good information in a book that is much too long and repetitive. And the main problem isn't so much the price as the time that you spend, as an overwhelmed and sleep-deprived parent of a newborn, reading page after page of the same material to make sure you're not missing something important. I would gladly have paid twice the price to get this book in the 5-page version it should have come in.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 4:07:18 PM PDT
This is also exactly my thoughts on the book. It's annoyingly repetitive and could have been summarized without losing ANYTHING in probably 10 pages or fewer. It was tedious to read, although the actual information is a life-saving gem.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 8:38:42 PM PDT
B. Cortes says:
Totally agree with you on this. This is something that should have been a little handout at the pediatrician's office. Of course, that wouldn't make him much money, so I guess we're stuck with the redundancy.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 7:55:30 AM PDT
Amy A says:
Couldn't agree more! Actually kind of amazing how many positive reviews there are--I guess the tips must be truly amazing, or people wouldn't be so forgiving of the seemingly never-ending pontification.

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 6:01:57 AM PDT
ND Educator says:
The answer to the repetitiveness of the book is the DVD. It's more practical than a book, anyway because Dr. Karpov demonstrates each technique in detail. The strategies are much easier to apply when you see them done. Additionally, you can really see how well the strategies work. When you see wailing baby after wailing baby immediately calm down it really does seem like magic. You almost feel like you're being tricked until you employ the strategies and get your life back!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2012 3:20:43 PM PDT
Elly Jones says:
You replied today to my 2-star review with the same exact comment. Do you sell these DVD's by any chance? Anyway, I think that you are off topic because this review (as mine) is about the book. The DVD is not the answer to the repetitiveness of the book. The DVD is another tool the author uses to explain his method and maybe a more appropriate one, but the existence of the DVD doesn't improve the quality of the book nor does it justify its poor quality.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 1:07:24 PM PDT
A. Crickmore says:
I recommend the instant video instead of the book. All the needed 5 S's are shown visually in 30 mins. You can watch it on your iPad or smart TV in the time it takes for one feeding.
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