I'm conquering this pregnancy "to read" list like this baby is coming next week! However, this book sadly doesn't get my best rating and I ended up skimming parts just to get through it. Maybe its the fact that I read Baby Wise and then read this back to back. They are two completely different ways to comfort a newborn, and they both say they are the best method of parenting out there. I was more impressed with the Baby Wise philosophy than Happiest Baby. However, you may feel differently. Every mother is different.. or so they tell me.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Karp is mostly focused on a colicky baby. (Yes, if my baby is colicky you'll probably see me referencing this book again thanking her for all her advice. However, I really hope baby doesn't have a case of the colic). Her methods are basically about wrapping the baby in a "fourth trimester" atmosphere. She explains that the baby isn't ready to leave the womb yet at 9 months and needs another 3 months of extra TLC in order to really be "born". In order to create this environment her book goes into great detail about the 5 "S"s.... shushing, suckling, swinging, swaddling, and stomach/side placement. If you can get your baby to do all 5 of these perfectly she is likely to calm down significantly. I doubt I will truly follow her system, but I do think some of the methods will be worth trying. We shall see... 14 weeks to go!
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