I would highly recommend this book. When I first read it, it seemed a little far fetched, but then I tried it and it WORKED!! I am a HUGE believer in his method after this. And really, it just makes sense too.
Amber D. (amburp) reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
Helpful Score: 2
Reading this book, I found it to be very redundant/repetitive. However, this may be because I am already very familiar with soothing techniques for infants, as I am a pediatric RN. I think this book would be a great guide for the lay-person with a newborn who has colic or a short temperament. Although this writing seems to be reaching out to the stressed, new parent, I would suggest to parents to read this before their child is born, as they will not have the time or patience to read this book with a colic-y newborn. It has very good tips on calming methods for all parents whether or not your child has colic. It also has a very good explanation of exactly what colic is.
We all know that there are a million "how to do this" better for your baby type books out there, but I will join the many who SWEAR by these techniques. Our daughter was always a pretty good sleeper, so on the nights when she just didn't want to sleep we often didn't know what to do. This worked 99% of the time! This was a quick read for good advice on how to get your baby to SLEEP!!!
I didn't finish the book but what I read was good. My baby was past the collicky stage by the time I was halfway thru. I did practice what he said and it definitely worked. The book is pretty repetitive.
Jen Q. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is a must have for parents. It's simple really --it works. Get it! My 4 month old is still calmed immediately by white noise. I also recommend the Miracle Blanket for swaddling. We used it for 3.5 months and she was a really good sleeper.
The techniques in this book are based on research and the author's own experience as a baby doctor. They also fit my experience with my younger siblings when they were babies as well as my infant niece. The focus of the book is on fussy babies up to the age of four months. The author has a lot of good advice and offers compromises for parents whose lifestyles conflict with parts of his advice.
Kari S. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
Helpful Score: 1
This book provides a good method for quickly calming babies. It's quicker to just watch the DVD, but the book does explain a little better then the DVD. I think that if every new parent understood this technique that perhaps shaken baby syndrome would not exist.
Li O. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
Helpful Score: 1
I am a first time mom and this book is GREAT. Especially if you read it before you NEED it :) The swapper who sent this to me mailed it super quick so I was able to read a lot of the chapters before I needed them so when my baby was crying, I could go through the lists of suggestions. It was really comforting for me that I had an idea of what to do next to try to help her.
Annie W. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
Helpful Score: 1
GREAT advice! There are quite a number of suggestions in this book that are especially helpful for first-time parents that don't have references for what may work for a colicky baby. By following just a couple of these techniques and modifying them slighly to suit our colicky baby, we were able to find the "magic formula" he needed to drop right off to a peaceful sleep.
Dr Harvey Karp, respected pediatrician and child development expert, can teach any parent how to transform even teh fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block. With his sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies will be able to soothe their babies crying and increase their sleep.
Helen C. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
I wish I'd had this when we had our first baby, as well, because this book was a god-send. Combining what we learned in this book with the "miracle blanket" is almost a sure-fire way to help our baby through her fussy times.
Faith S. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on
This is a GREAT book!!! It saved me and my baby many a sleepless night, and the solutions are simple and time-worn standards practiced around the world. (Why we modern day people have lost sight of these basics of childcare is beyond me.) However, if you can't get the gist of what Dr. Karp is describing, then see if you can find a cheap version of the DVD. I used Dr. Karp's techniques myself, and I taught them to anyone who was going to be caring for my baby. Best wishes, new parents!
I have to say that in the beginning this book was a life saver. But once my body stopped producing milk for some unknown reason and we went on to formula she developed severe colic. The techniques did work to an extent and made life a little more manageable. However I do not agree with constantly holding a baby, as a result of continually holding a baby our daughter is now use to it and at 8 months of age while awake we can not set her down without her screaming bloody murder unless we are right next to her playing with her. I would recommend to any mother that once the baby has fallen asleep that they place them in their crib or bassinet and allow them to get use to waking up in their own bed. The book says you cannot spoil your baby by always holding them, phooey! While it has been a challenge with our daughter we are now having to pay the price with our hearing and having to break such an ugly habbit, it's very difficult. Should we decide to have another child we will go about the whole approach quite differently when it comes to holding the baby but otherwise still use the other techniques. With the swaddling, shhhsing sounds and etc.
Cori B. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer on + 3 more book reviews
These helpfull tips were a major help with my daughter. I received this book 5 years before when I was expecting my son, but never read it. Boy, I should have read it!! I would suggest that you read this BEFORE baby comes, just because you will have more peace of mind and time to get the ideas down. It's hard to absorb new info when you are sleep deprived and trying to read with a crying baby. I will be buying this book for the two friends that are expecting this summer and suggest that parents watch the DVD if possible. I was able to borrow the DVD from our local library, so it was an awesome find!! So final tips: READ THE BOOK EARLY IF YOU CAN AND CHECK YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR THE DVD!! Good luck!