Friday, January 8, 2010

Happiest Baby on the Block Info

If you haven't checked out the Happiest Baby on the Block material, you really should. Its fantastic. Some of it we were already doing, but we hadn't swaddled Aidan in a few weeks, and we weren't doing all 5 S's at the same time. It really does calm him down. :)
We checked out the DVD from the library - really good to see how it all works and really calms the babies immediately.
Its also endorsed by most breastfeeding sites as being a breastfeeding friendly baby calming method (not all methods out there are).

Google video search link

You tube search link

From the website:

Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp shows the world that we do not have to let our babies cry it out. “Now parents can easily learn the methods used by the best baby soothers throughout history.”

In a thought-provoking new view of infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not really ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies…improving their sleep…and soothing their senses:

  • The Missing 4th Trimester: As odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon.
  • The Calming Reflex: The automatic reset switch that can stop a baby’s crying…and boost a baby’s sleep…during the first months of life.
  • The 5 S’s: Five simple steps that trigger the calming reflex (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking). For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming reflex only works when it is triggered in exactly the right way.
  • The Cuddle Cure: The perfect mix the 5 S’s that can soothe even most colicky infants and add hours to their sleep.

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