Until you've had a baby you can't possibly appreciate how hard it is having your little inconsolable in your arms. Double so at 4.00 am. It's hard for you personally and it's heartbreaking to see this little critter so distressed.
Enter Dr Karp (great name).
His logic that a new baby is still. Essentially, foetal, makes a lot of sense. And so does the advice that flows from that.
Of the 5 techniques - swaddling, sucking, jiggling, shushing, side position - all but shushing worked. And I'm sure different babies will all respond to different actions.
The DVD, I should tell you is repetitive. Which is fine. The advice is simple and it's told simply. I'd rather it was repeated than belaboured. And anyway it's still a short DVD.
All the advice is available on the net, but I was glad of the DVD in the early hours - the last thing you want is to be firing up a computer etc. And it's reassuring to double check you're doing the techniques right.
(For the record, I think Dr K's swaddling (as in the way he wraps the blanket) technique is unnecessarily complicated. Simply waddling will do - but having the babies hands by the side does make a difference.)
There's a lot to learn and contend with in the first weeks and months - and you will be tired to a level you never imagined you could cope with. So having a handy reference is great. And you will cope and it will be brilliant. This little DVD might just help you through the occasional tough spot.