There is one topic that I never thought I would have to blog about... "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Harvey Karp. I thought EVERYONE knew about Dr. Karp and his "5 S's" technique in soothing a crying baby. Well, apparently I was wrong! I keep meeting people that don't so I must share now. If there is one thing you need to watch, listen to, practice it should be this technique because it is a lifesaving God send. I have no idea how I would've gotten through the first 4-6 weeks of June's life without it. Dr. Karp teaches that the first 3 months of a baby's life should be treated like a 4th trimester and that babies don't need to cry for more than 60 seconds. Babies should live in an environment that resembles the womb in order to keep them calm and soothed at all times. This is achieved through the 5 S's... Swaddle, Side, Shhh, Swing and Suck. You start with swaddling and then you go from there. You MUST have this book to survive... Trust. Above is a picture of Junebug swaddled, on her side, white noise coming out of the sleep sheep in her ear (shhhh) and sucking on a pacifier all at the same time... happy as a clam.
P.S. get the DVD over the book
P.P.S.S. I hear his technique on dealing with toddlers is horrible so don't buy that thinking he knows it all. I guess Harvey Karp isn't God but he sure is a genius when it comes to infants.