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!