If you're a brand new parent, congratulations! It's likely that you're overwhelmed with wonder, awe, love, and amazement at the little miracle that has entered your life. My husband often describes those first few moments after birth as "the true 'love at first sight'."
It's also likely that you're in the middle of a sleepy fog of milky oblivion. There are probably moments where you feel at a loss about how to calm your crying baby or how to put him to sleep. Fortunately, there are techniques available to help.
Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the national bestselling book - "The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer" - outlines five S's that will calm your crying baby:
I had the privilege of reading the book and watching the DVD - both of which are excellent resources. Dr. Karp does a fantastic job of "laying the foundation" about how babies view the world and then gives solid practical advice to help parents calm their crying babies. I especially appreciated Dr. Karp's insights about "crying it out" ("Letting your baby cry it out makes as little sense as closing your ears to your screeching car alarm while you wait for the battery to die. It...goes against every parental instinct.") and co-sleeping ("...if bringing your baby into bed with you feels right, trust your instincts. Sleeping with your baby is a natural continuation of the womb experience...").
THE BOOK: The illustrations throughout the book are humorous and the content is really quite good. My only criticism is that I found the constant references to evolution, our ancestors, and cavemen somewhat tiresome. I would have preferred the book to have a slightly less anthropological emphasis, but that really is a minor critique.
THE DVD: The DVD re-caps the book nicely and is ideal for parents of newborns who might find it easier to pop in a film during a nursing session than to read an entire book.
Overall, I found both resources to offer helpful information to new parents, but I especially recommend the DVD. I feel even more prepared for the "newborn stage" after watching it. I'm certain that it will give you a nice "bag of tricks" to pull from when your baby is crying or fighting sleep.
For additional tips, answers to your questions about calming your baby, and/or to find a Happiest Baby Class near you, check out The Happiest Baby website.
WIN IT! One mama will win "The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer" book AND DVD. This set is optimal for mamas who have a baby in the birth to six months age range (or who are pregnant). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (don't forget to read the rules) prior to Thursday, Mar. 6, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, Mar. 7. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #56 patty smith. Congratulations!
I totall agree with the sucking for helping baby to sleep. My daughter is 5 weeks old and I have had a tough time getting her to go back to sleep after the 4am feeding. She will go to sleep but not 100% and she is a noisy sleeper from 4am to 7am. She will often wake up multiple times as well. Before the 4am feeding she sleeps great. Last night I put her binky in her mouth after the 4am feeding and she slept great. I did not hear from her until 7am!
Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
Boy, do I need this.
Wish I'd had this book before the birth of Beth. However, It would have saved many sleepless hours. Best of luck to all who enter!!!!!
I know someone this would be perfect for!
Just found out my SIL is pregnant. This would be perfect for them!
I would LOVE to give this to my Sister. She had a baby with Down Syndrome and he is VERY sensitive and easily upset. I feel so bad for her, sometimes he just cries for hours for no reason. I think this would really help her sooth him. PLEASE pick me!
I saw the author on a tv show and it all makes sense to me! A friend is having a little one this summer, and I'd love to put it into her shower basket.
I'd love a copy of this book. Thanks!
Would love to win, new mom here!
I would really like this book please enter me thanks..
I recommend this to EVERYONE! And gave my old copies away. It really is essential to read the book AND watch the DVD.
I have heard many great things about this book, would love to be able to read it for myself!
I have heard this is amazing. I would love to win it!
etlizzy at hotmail.com
I've heard so many great things about this book! Although I already have 2 past the newborn stage, I would love to be prepared for my 3rd! I would love to win this =)
If it helps with crying then I need to read it
dolls123 (at) gmail ( dot) com
I've heard so many things about this book - I'm due in 8 weeks and could really use it!
This looks like a very useful book, especially for a first-time mom. (Wish I'd had it!) I'd like to win it for my cousin, expecting her first child in May.
need book, baby on way
Looks like a great book!
this book would be great to help me with my second.
I have a friend who is pregnant with her first child who would love this!!
Great book! Thanks for the contest!
Thank you for the giveaways!
I need this book! My hubby and I took a newborn class and it only covered two of the five S's. I need to know the other three - BADLY! My daughter is a month old and I'm losing sleep by the minute!!
My son needs this book badly!
Count me in!
The tips in this book really helped us with our first baby - would love to win this set to give as a gift to friends of ours who are expecting any day now!!
Due in May, and would love to win this.
Some friends of ours recommended this book - it worked well with their baby. We're looking forward to trying it out on our 3-week-old.
I would love to win this.
I would love to win this so badly for friend having her first baby. thanks
Looks like a very helpful book!
I know someone who could really use these books so I hope I get it!
would love this1
I've heard great things about this from friends and would love to have my own copy.
what a great source of information for parents new and experienced.
This sounds like a wonderful resource for any parent!
This book would be wonderful for me and my 3 girlfriends to pass around our reading group. I'm expecting later this year, but the other 3 are all due this month! :)
md-sweeps (at) hotmail (d0t) com
I just know that my daughter, expecting baby #1 will need and use this...
smithpatty at comcast dot net
I'm glad you mentioned his comments on crying it out and co-sleeping because now it sounds like a good book/DVD.
My youngest has out grown this stage, but I have two friends who have just had babies! plus, I could borrow it if baby number 7 comes along. :)
I have heard great things about this book. My little one arrives in June, so I would love to get a headstart on it!
lucycontest at gmail.com
I've heard so much about this book and its theories, so I'd love to win it! Thanks!
Oops! Forgot my email..
sanna1999 at verizon dot net
I'd love to win this for my daughter, who is 29 weeks along!
I would love to read this. I'm trying to prepare for my first!
very interested in reading this! baby #2 is on the way! [email protected]
great for my grandson
Hi Stephanie! Don't enter me in the drawing as I don't need a copy, but I wanted to say this is by far THE MOST HELPFUL baby book I have read. GREAT book, didn't know there is a DVD now, too. Awesome!
Enter me, please.
I just posted above(lisa), but not sure if my email is attached to my google identity, so it's [email protected]
please enter me
I borrowed this book from the library when I was pregnant with #3. It was extremely helpful, except for all the evolution references, as you mentioned. =) I haven't seen the DVD and would love to have them. Thanks!
Please DON'T enter me as I already have this...just wanted to say this is a FABULOUS book!! I don't have the DVD, but I can only imagine it's just as great as the book! :)
I have heard great things about this book. Would love to view the DVD because lately I'm not so good at making it through books...
If baby is happy and contented-the whole household is! I would love this prize!
I would love to win theses prizes. My (first) baby boy has been fussy lately and they would help greatly. Thanks!
my sister just gave birth, this would be great.
We borrowed this video from our midwife when my son was born- it's great! I'd love to win it as a gift for a pregnant friend.
The review sounded so good. I have a friend who would really love this book and needs it. Would really love to win this book. Enter me please. thanks.
I have needed a book like this many times! I work in the nursery at church and with 7 kids of my own! please enter me, thanks!
I have a friend who could use this.
we took this book out of thel ibrary for #1 4 years ago. We;d love to own our own copy for #2 - I think we forgot it all!!!
an excellent resource to answer all my questions
My boss's wife is at the hospital being induced right now. This would make a great present for her.
this is a great contest. enter me please.
I would be delighted!!
Love your contests sure hope I win for my grandson's wife who is expecting.
Like many others here, I've also heard great things about this book. Thanks.
I read this when my oldest was born, I could def use a refresher!
dansan826 at yahoo
What I should have read the first time around but would like to read before the second wee one arrives!
wakeyes AT yahoo DOT com
great giveaway, thanks, could really use this!
would love this
This would be wonderful to win. I'm still having trouble with my little one.
I would love to win! I am expecting my 2nd in August. Thanks for such a great giveaway. :0)
would love to win for my friend :)
I'd love to give this to my sister in law who is due in September
Sounds like an excellent resource. I'm a second time mommy to a 2 week old.
dr.karp is the reason that my first two babies were swaddled for at least 6 months. :D i got the info second hand from another fan of his, so having the actual book would be great. (and my 4 month old is swaddled and sleeping in my lap as we speak. heheheh)
As my eyes are drooping from last night's all nighter..I am thinking I would love this book and even more so the DVD. That's a very smart person that included the DVD. I thought I would spend my 12 weeks off reading but I quickly learned it's hard to read with only one hand. My child is only 8 weeks so we can still learn a lot!
This is great! I have three relatives that are expecting.
I've heard great things about this book and dvd. With a baby boy on the way in June, I hope I win!
disarray at onebox dot com
I heard about this after my daughter was 6 months, but I'd love to have it for when we have #2!
I have heard nothing but rave reviews for this book/technique. I would love to read this to prepare for when my second comes along. We really lucked out with our first, since she was so good at sleeping and wasn't too fussy...but come to think of it, the first 3 months are a blur. Maybe she wasn't so great then... :) katebeth45 at gmail dot com
Dr. Karp's techniques worked wonders for us. I wish we had found out about "Happiest Baby..." a lot sooner. I have several friends and one sister who either are pregnant or who have recently had babies. This would make a great gift. I have bought Happiest Toddler on the Block. I hope it is helpful too. I just need a Happiest 6-12 month on the block!
I'm preggers with my first (due May 25th) so this would be a great resource for me and my hubby. (especially as so many of the comments are raving about it, too!)
nifferjeno at gmail dot com
I'd give this to my friend who is expecting her first!
This book ROCKS! I can't wait to see the DVD...and my copy is lent out right now and isn't a great printing as several of the pages are too light to read--thank you thrift store-ha! :)
I have heard about this book however never read it. After six short people in my life, I can use all the help I can get :)
I'd probably give it to my best friend who is having her first! She can use it a bit more than I can!
I am just finishing this book & love it. I hope I can remember it all when my baby comes in a month! Haven't seen the DVD but maybe I need to!
Thanks for another awesome giveaway Steph! Hope I win for my friend who's due any day now...
hellomary018 AT yahoo DOT com
I'm so excited that you're giving this wonderful book+DVD out! I'm 30 weeks pregnant now and this is my first baby. My hospital used to offer a class using the info from this book, but they don't do that anymore (ahh..) Hopefully I'll be the lucky one to win this set!
I am expecting #3 and will need all the extra help I can get! I have heard wonderful things about this and "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" and I am so curious to see what the secrets are!
I love this book and used many of his techniques with my son. This would make a great shower gift.