The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition

The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
Narrated by: Tim Fannon
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Never again will you have to stand by helplessly while your little baby cries and cries. There is a way to calm most crying babies...usually in minutes!

Thousands of parents, from regular moms and dads to Hollywood superstars, have come to baby expert Dr. Harvey Karp to learn his remarkable techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep. Now his landmark book - fully revised and updated with the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk - can teach you too!

Dr. Karp’s highly successful method is based on four revolutionary concepts:

  1. The Fourth Trimester: Why babies still yearn for a womblike atmosphere...even after birth
  2. The Calming Reflex: An “off switch” all babies are born with
  3. The 5 S’s: Five easy steps to turn on your baby’s amazing calming reflex
  4. The Cuddle Cure: How to combine the 5 S’s to calm even colicky babies

With Dr. Karp’s sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies, will be able to transform even the fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block!

©2015 Happiest Baby Inc. (P)2019 Novel Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Dr. Karp’s book is fascinating and will guide new parents for years to come.” (Julius Richmond, M.D., Harvard Medical School, former Surgeon General of the United States)

“The Happiest Baby on the Block is fun and convincing. I highly recommend it.” (Elisabeth Bing, co-founder of Lamaze International)

“Will fascinate anyone who wants to know how babies experience the world, and wants to answer their cries lovingly and effectively.” (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Basic Information and VERY Repetitive

If you’ve never seen or been around a baby in your entire life, then this book may be helpful. As a FTM, I did not find it particularly helpful and think that all the information offered could have easily been condensed into a 2-3 page PDF. There were a few good nuggets, but the author offers his 5Ss - Swaddling, Shushing, Side/Stomach position, Swinging, and Sucking over and over again, sometimes using the exact same paragraphs used earlier in the book. He “debunks” myths with very selective and limited research. It’s okay as a quick and casual listen, but I honestly wouldn’t recommend. Extremely repetitive.

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Really effective in child calming!

Loved it! We applied techniques from that book as we listened to it daily. Our baby responded so well to 5s's. We kept our sanity thanks to it. Our friends keep saying we make parenting looks so easy.

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just google the 5 S

What a disorganized and repetitive mess. 5 hours of the same 5s stuff over and over.

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life savior

This book saved my sanity my baby would stay up from 11:30pm to 5am this book when u follow the steps and listen to why the baby crys and how to handle it workerd perfectly my baby slept all through the night im so happy with this book thank you Dr. harvey

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excelent <br />

This book is great for new moms read it! will solve a lot of questions.

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great book

I really loved this book! It gave me great advice on how to handle my new born! This was my 2nd child, but I feel like listening to this book gave me a whole new handle on having a new child in the house. I wish this book would have addressed having a newborn with another child in the house. I would like to learn some coping mechanisms for that as well

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  • 09-02-20

Must read

Dr. Karp is a baby expert for sure! Must read for all new parents. Read before baby arrives if you can. There is also a video version my husband watched.

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Helpful for first time parents!

I learned so much from this book as a first time parent. I would recommend it.

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Too repetitive

The book was too focused on the theory behind five basic baby soothing techniques and didn't have a lot of practical advice beyond said techniques.

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So Great

A wonderful help and very calming narrator for the whole family at bedtime. Very insightful and well written. I feel more confident having the knowledge and tools to soothe my baby. I can calm him in under a minute, preventing hysteria, now that I've mastered the 5 Ss to his particular taste, and it only took me a week of practice. Thank you so much.

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  • 08-29-20

A lot of repetitions

There are only few ideas talked repeatedly in all the book. It could have been much shorter. Also it contains a lot of historical facts and how the things are done in other cultures what I didn't find very helpful or relevant.

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  • ramiramalama
  • 04-29-20

completely recommend

Great for anyone expecting. Learned loads of new tips and tricks. Wish I had this book with my first child . Baby number 2 has been a dream so far with swaddling and white noise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-20

Really good

Only thing I would say is it was a bit repetitive with the same I for being talked about again and again.

Could have maybe been condensed to just 3 hrs.

But definitely a one you should read/ listen to.

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  • 03-30-20

Love!

Great advice and tips!! I appreciated the 5 S’s “checklist”; we will utilize all of these. I also liked how theories were disproven and backed up with scientific evidence.