The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
ISBN: 0553588729
EAN13: 9780553588729
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 6.8" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
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NEVER AGAIN WIL YOU HAVE TO STAND BY HELPLESLY WHILE YOUR LITLE BABY CRIES AND CRIES. THERE IS A WAY TO CALM MOST CRYING BABIES . . . USUALY IN MINUTES

Thousands of parents, from regular moms and dads to Hollywood superstars, have come to baby expert Dr. Harvey Karp to learn his remarkable techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep. Now his landmark book--fully revised and updated with the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk--can teach you too Dr. Karp's highly successful method is based on four revolutionary concepts:

1. The Fourth Trimester: Why babies still yearn for a womblike atmosphere . . . even after birth
2. The Calming Reflex: An off switch all babies are born with
3. The 5 S's: Five easy steps to turn on your baby's amazing calming reflex
4. The Cuddle Cure: How to combine the 5 S's to calm even colicky babies

With Dr. Karp's sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies, will be able to transform even the fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block

Praise for The Happiest Baby on the Block

Dr. Karp's book is fascinating and will guide new parents for years to come.--Julius Richmond, M.D., Harvard Medical School, former Read More chevron_right

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   LOVE IT!
I lent this book to my first child. I never got it back because they loved it so much. He shows that if you follow the 5 S's, you can help the baby. Babies manifest their fear of being out of the womb by crying and going through denial about not being fed or held. The shift from womb to home can be made easier with the use of these 5 S's. He uses evidence from cultures around the world where there is no crying or purple crying, and helps parents understand that crying or purple crying is normal. I needed to buy this one again and replenish my library. The sequel, Happiest Toddler on the Block, is something I love. Dr. Karp is an amazing doctor.
 
5
   Really made me think
My daughter is three weeks old and she is very picky. My first born was not like this. He didn't sleep very well, but he wasn't upset about it. Everything I knew about babies didn't apply when she was born. The book has made me rethink how I view small infants. The techniques have been helping out a lot so far. I don't recommend this for parents who don't agree with attachment parenting, but many of the techniques could be used to help a baby. You just need to apply what works for you to your own situation. It may seem like common sense with what he is trying to teach, but it's really the technique in how you do it. I was attempting the five S's but doing them wrong. The advice in the book helped me learn how to better approach calming my baby.
 
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   EXCELLENT... if it were a 10 page handout
The problem isn't that the advice is bad, it's that it's excellent and very practical. He just repeats and repeats the same points and sometimes slips in another useful info. A 10-page handout is what this should be. If I could give you enough directions to do this in this comment box, I would save you from buying the whole book. It has worked for my daughter so far. What happens after she passes her three month mark? The title of the book needs to be changed to better reflect the content. If your baby is less than three months old, you may want to look elsewhere.
 
5
   I would pay triple for this
I would pay a lot more for this video. The video works because my husband and I did everything in it. I wore my daughter in a sling all the time and I'm sure that helped. We watched the video several times and it was comforting to know what to do when the baby is going crazy. I would recommend it to all new parents. It doesn't work in 10 seconds if you don't practice it. Once you get the hang of it, the baby will calm down. This is awesome. It's!
 
5
   So simple and it WORKS!
Desperate to find any advice for calming my newborn, I bought this book after 2 friends recommended it to me. Everything makes sense because it is written in an easy-to-read style. The first time we tried the 5 S's--lo, our baby became calm and fell asleep. We use the technique that Dr. Karp explains and don't experience as much fuss at sleep time as we used to. It used to take an hour or more to get him to sleep. This is the most helpful advice I have received. I found the book. It's possible to try it.
 
4
   This book made me feel like a baby whisperer
The first part of the book focuses on how to deal with babies who are crying. Our baby didn't have a problem. The next part of the book talks about soothing techniques for babies. The little guy liked them. He has been an easy baby, but we started using the techniques in the book immediately after reading it. They worked well for our little guy.
 
5
   Great read!
When I was in college, I had to read this book in class. I didn't think so. Not another book to read. The book is enjoyable. Although I don't have children at the moment, I gave myself a new perspective on how to handle a baby who is sick. It will allow the parents to spend more time with their baby. I keep this book on my shelf in case I need to pull it out when I become a mother.
 
3
   Might have been better during pregnancy...
I was trying to figure out why my baby wouldn't sleep when I read this book. She had food allergies. The suggestions in the book did not help. I would have liked to have read this book while I was pregnant. I think I would have had a better idea of suggestions and tips from the beginning. I kept this to reference for the next baby because I found it to be a quick read.
 
5
   LOVE IT!
I lent the book to my first child. I never got it back because they loved it so much. He shows that if you follow the 5 S's, you can make any baby happy. Babies manifest their fear of being out of the womb by crying and going through denial about not being fed, or held. The shift from womb to home can be made easier with the use of 5 S's. He uses evidence from cultures around the world where crying is not a problem, and helps parents understand that crying is normal and can be handled. I needed to buy this one again to replenish my library. I like the sequel, Happiest Toddler on the Block. Dr. Karp is very smart.
 
5
   Really made me think
My daughter is three weeks old and gets very upset. My first born was not like this at all. He didn't sleep very well, but wasn't upset about it. Everything I knew about babies did not apply to her. The book made me think about how I view small infants and I am almost done reading it. The techniques have been helpful so far. I don't recommend this for parents who don't agree with attachment parenting, but even so many of the techniques could be used to help a child. Take what works for you and apply it to your own situation. It may seem like common sense with what he is trying to teach, but it's really how you do it. I was attempting the five S's but doing them wrong. The advice in the book helped me better approach my previous attempts at calming my baby.
 
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