I remember with my first little guy we read so many books and articles, took classes and watched DVDs on how to care for and prepare for our son. There were so many theories on what worked to calm babies and get them to sleep better and longer. There was one DVD/book set that really worked for us, like miracles.
A friend recommended I watch "The Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD from Dr. Harvey Karp M.D. Being the anxious nesting first time mom I was I got it from my local library and sat my husband down to watch it. I could not believe what I was seeing. Screaming babies being suddenly silenced by the 5 S's: Swaddle, Side, Swing, Shh, Suck. The more I watched the more I was enthralled by the fact that these babies were so immediately calmed and happy. I could not wait to try it and see if it really worked or if this was the product of some really great testimonial/video editing.
Our son came and my husband started using these techniques from day one. I can tell you from experience that they work. I was shocked. Any time my little one would begin to cry we would start with one of the techniques and continue adding S's until he stopped. It literally took less than 30 seconds to calm him. It was amazing. My family can attest, it was common to see my husband holding him all swaddled and on his side like in this pic. He LOVED it.
I can't wait to try these out on my brand new little son. We already know he loves to be swaddled, but honestly he has not cried enough to try out the others yet. He is an angel baby.
Now of course, since this is one of my go to techniques I want all of you to be able to try them out too! I contacted Dr. Karp's office and we are giving away three copies of The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD!!
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