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The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD Review

I am a nerd – I have no problem admitting that.  If I could stay in school forever I would.  So, when I found out I was pregnant, I approached it with the same nerdy zeal I approached my education.  My husband and I signed up for every class imaginable: Preparing for birth, Breastfeeding, Infant CPR and parenting.  When 2 of the 4 classes I took referenced a method developed by Dr. Karp for calming infants, we had to watch the DVD for ourselves.  And, with a name like The Happiest Baby on the Block, who wouldn’t want some help with a crying baby?

We ordered The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and when it came a few days later, we popped some popcorn and dropped the DVD into the DVD player.  As we watched the DVD, we were amazed at how Dr. Karp’s method seemed to work.  Of course, watching it work is one thing, having it work in practice is another.

In a nutshell, Dr. Karp’s method of calming babies is based on the 5 S’s:  Swaddling, Side-Lying, Sushing, Swinging and Sucking.  Depending on the child, one, all or any combination of the 5 S’s will soothe a baby.  The instructional DVD goes through each S and shows how to practice it, and how it works on crying babies.  The DVD features Dr. Harvey Karp explaining the methods, along with real parents and children using the methods.  The Happiest Baby on the Block is incredible to watch and seems to be too good to be true.  As we finished watching the DVD, the husband and I felt prepared for the sleepless nights that were awaiting us and hopeful that the methods we watched on the DVD would work in reality.

Fast forward one month, it’s the middle of the night and the tiny dancer is crying and having trouble falling asleep.  The husband and I are sleep deprived, utterly exhausted and completely flustered.  Everything we’ve tried hasn’t worked and we’re very close to throwing our hands up in the air.  Then in a brief moment of clarity, we remember the DVD.  We quickly get the tiny dancer swaddled, on her side, and rock her and sush her simultaneously.  She’s sleeping in a matter of minutes.  The husband and I look at each other in disbelief.  In that instant, we knew that The Happiest Baby on the Block was not a matter of DVD magic, but a tried and true method of calming babies.

The techniques we learned from Dr. Karp got us through the first few months pretty seamlessly.  Because of the success we had using Dr. Karp’s techniques, I’ve decided that The Happiest Baby on the Block is my official gift of choice to anyone having a baby.  The Happiest Baby on the Block is also available as a book, but I found it valuable to see the techniques in action.  You can purchase The Happiest Baby on the Block online at

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