January 25, 2012

The Happiest Baby on the Block

I am an avid reader, and I just finished Dr. Harvery Karp's The Happiest Baby on the Block.  If you are familiar with parenting sections in bookstores you have probably seen this book.  When I purchased it I was sold on the title - of course I want my baby to be happy!

As a first time parent this book was an informative way to start my education on what life will be life after pregnancy with a newborn.  How to keep your baby happy is the very first basic skill a parent will need, and this book keeps it simple.

The book is based on an idea that people have been rearing children for centuries, and discusses how traditional methods of soothing newborns are useful in today's world.  In Dr. Karp's opinion babies are born before they are ready for the world, and he refers to the first few months after birth as the "fourth trimester."

He suggests that the best way to sooth a newborn is with a 5 step approach : Wrap in a swaddle, hold the baby on their stomach side, shhh the baby with white noise, rock the baby with a swinging motion, and lastly utilize the babies sucking impulse to your benefit.  Dr. Karp goes into detail on each step of his method, and why it works as well as discussing why other methods do not work.

As a mom-to-be I found this book informative in a practical way.  I would recommend it to any expecting parent or new parent.  Not only do I have a grasp on how to preform this method of soothing newborns, but the book also goes a step farther to discuss how to wean your baby off these methods, and when it is appropriate to do so.

I enjoyed this book so much that I also bought the DVD to share with my husband!  I will be sure to let you know what I think when we watch it.  Immediately I am impressed - the DVD comes with a disc of white noise to play for baby in the background.  I think I might just put an old CD player in babies room with this CD instead of spending more money on a white noise machine.

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