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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
I have used this with both grandchildren. Gave it as a baby gift and it helped my friend as well.Published 15 hours ago by Susan D. Cuellar
Must have for new parents. I probably averaged an extra hour more of non crazy time learning this technique.Published 7 days ago by Matt Moses
Love the 5 s's got me and my husband through the first couple weeks of parent hood!Published 8 days ago by TM
It helped quiet the baby when we couldnt figure out what was wrong.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wish we could have learned about this before we had our baby, but once we watched the video it was light night and day. Read morePublished 11 days ago by R.Guz
Worked great for my daughter and is now my go to gift for baby showers.Published 12 days ago by J Dub
Our baby really was soothed by the techniques described in this DVD. We watched it when our son was about 1 month old--we really should have watched it before he was born so we... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Curio2
Does this dvd address babies who cry everytime they're in the car? My 5 month old granddaughter, since birth has screamed everytime she's in her carseat and the car is moving. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kathy