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  • 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
  • Written by: Harvey Karp
  • Narrated by: Tim Fannon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Categories: Health & Wellness, Children's Health
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (28 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.

What the critics say

“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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Enough about your smart sleeper already!

Some really useful information in this book but the author tries to sell the reader on his smart sleeper far too often

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Great for New Parents!

Very useful tips and tricks. We were struggling getting our little guy to have solid sleeps at night. But with some pointers from this book we are back on track to better sleeps and less freak outs!! Very Helpful!!

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I thought my phone might be broken given how many times the author repeated himself.

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Author took what should Should have been a two page essay, not a book

You can likely learn as much from the back of the book as reading the entire book. The 5 S’s are simply repeated over and over again with phoney testimonials that drag on. The author could have been much more concise. This was painful to listen to / read. As a Pediatrician, I would not recommend this book.

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Good, but not great

The content is good, even if the brunt of the information feels like it can be relayed in about 20 minutes of narration. The background information and history is interesting though. if you only want to walk away learning techniques for raising a toddler. I would simply suggest googling the the 5 S's.

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  • Ashley
  • 2019-12-22

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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  • Marta Kaczorowski
  • 2019-07-23

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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  • Bobinho
  • 2019-08-28

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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  • Marie
  • 2019-11-02

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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  • Federico
  • 2020-04-16

excelent

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

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  • Rena
  • 2020-09-04

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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  • 2020-09-02

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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  • Joe
  • 2020-07-16

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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  • Doug
  • 2020-06-23

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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  • Jen M.
  • 2020-06-09

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.