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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Health & Wellness, Children's Health
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (59 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)

What listeners say about The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition

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

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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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  • amr
  • 2022-08-10

Longwinded and Redundant

Some of the content is useful. Unfortunately it's burred in repetitive filler words. I continuously found myself double checking which chapter I was listening to because the content of many chapters sounds virtually identical.

I suppose it's a good option if you have 7 hours to kill. Otherwise, you can find succinct summaries of the 5S techniques all over the internet.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sara B
  • 2022-02-14

A heteronormative perspective

We heard about the 5 S's shortly after our baby was born. Once I had the time, I was interested in reading the full context on the 5 S's so I picked up this audio book. While I would say we found the methods of the S's helpful for our baby, I felt that the anecdotes throughout the book were from a very heteronormative perspective. While the author may argue the tactics remain the same across all families, it would be nice if within the book the author acknowledged single parent, multi-generational and same sex families as part of the intended audience.

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  • Saeed Jazebi
  • 2020-05-27

Too much repetition

My expectation was much higher from this book. Too little information on “how to do 5 S” and too much repetition about effectiveness of these 5 strategies.
I feel i did not gain much from this book, i wish i watched the dvd instead, maybe that offers more practical information!

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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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  • L.L.
  • 2020-01-07

repeat of same information

same information at least 4 times or more. same words and tone. probably audio was edited only to last longer. it could have been done within 1 hour of audio time or so, then it would be a 0.99 cent book so the publisher must have said, you must make the book longer and it was edited with same story over and over again. helpful information I will try on our new born baby but it was done horribly.

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  • MHH
  • 2022-07-21

Lifesaver

I am a “seasoned” mother and still found this book extremely helpful, particularly because it had been 11 years since I had my previous baby. The advice given in this book has helped me approach stressful moments with confidence and calmness to help my baby. I really enjoyed the narration.

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  • mikus
  • 2022-06-13

Useful, but REPETITIVE and missing PDF

We couldn't really put those tips in practice, but it is consistent with other sources and seems to be based on facts.
Still, the story is just so extremely repetitive that the book could be easily summarized in 45min.

On the other hand the most important part - swadling instruction - seems to be almost missing. Short and generic description of one approach, without any pdf, any pictures, any video nor other approaches, nothing. Almost as if the book was just an advertisement of the DVD that you can buy separately, or training you can book.

The reasoning at the beginning of the book is interesting and brings many significant facts, but with the arguments provided by the author many conclusions seemed very far-fetched and unproven. I'm not saying they are incorrect, but simply the facts brought up were not sufficient.

Overal, I guess it's worth to go through it, once, but don't be afraid to fast-forward parts, you won't miss much.