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The Happiest Baby On The Block [DVD] [2005]

Dr. Harvey Karp    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: delta home entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00080915C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Child development expert and noted paediatrician Harvey Karp demonstrates the technique of the 'calming reflex', the secret trick to getting babies to stop crying.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory viewing for every parent 18 Dec 2009
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I bought a few books in preparation for the birth of my baby, but only bought this DVD about two weeks after he was born. I wish I'd watched it before the birth as it would have helped me through thtat first night in hospital when he was screaming the ward down and keeping everyone awake! Rather than the unhelpful phrase "comfort your baby", it actually teaches you some techniques to be able to do this. Focusing on the first three months of life, it gives some helpful suggestions about things to try to stop your baby crying, explains what is going on in your little one's head when he cries, and helps you to understand him a bit better. I cannot recommend it highly enough, and have since bought a copy for a friend who is expecting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some helpful tips 26 Sep 2009
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I liked this. Dr Karp has a great manner and is easy to watch, you can believe he is a good doctor.. It is also nice to see real parents (complete with messy homes in the background!). I think the methods are really useful, and certainly go a long way to calming a crying baby, although they're obviously not always going to be the answer, eg when you're out and about with no means to swaddle baby. my daughter (5 weeks old) certainly likes the shushing and jiggling in particular. I liked that there was essentially no discussion of childcare theory (as in pushing either for AP or "cry it out" methods, since I've found that authors who prefer one or other method can be a bit hard to stomach in their zeal for it. Loved the FAQ section at the end also. All in all a good buy, and should be compatible with your personal parenting theories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you'll be glad you bought it 27 May 2010
By MrAsh
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.

Good luck
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful to some extent 6 April 2014
By Beth
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Very useful to see how to correctly do the head wobbling - not sure we'd have got it right otherwise - but it's quite short and very repetitive. I found the book more useful, however for our baby the head wobbling was vital and the DVD showed it very clearly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, every parent should view this. 28 Oct 2012
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These techniques absolutely work. No matter what your beliefs, there is a reason why some techniques have been used for centuries. The swaddling in particular has really calmed my baby and she sleeps better and has grown really well (she was a little underweight at the beginning).
The shooshing is remarkable as well and having the DVD show you the right way to jiggle the baby is helpful. We also sometimes use an app that has the white noise and other white noise type sounds - really convenient, I just turn off the WiFi and stick the iPod into the moses basket. She settles down really well.
Dr Karp claims that you will gain 1-3 hours sleep - this was true for us.
This was recommended by a friend and now I would like to buy this DVD for all my new parent friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help to Any New Parent 12 Dec 2007
By Zibby
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We found the tips in this DVD extremly helpful. It is amazing how using a few simple methods can calm even the most worked up, screaming baby. I am going to buy it as a present for all my friends who have babies in the future. It's a great gift, the gift of peace.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try 28 Aug 2010
Bought this in desperation as my baby daughter wouldn't stop crying. The techniques in the DVD really do work and I especially liked the way he shows you how to swaddle a baby - this is shown several times in detail making it impossible not to learn how to do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 29 Jun 2014
By Becksta
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Brilliant, tips really do work. Highly recommend
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd known about this before my baby was born
If I'd known about 'The Happiest baby on the block' before my daughter was born (7 weeks ago) it would have saved me a lot of heartache. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charismacka
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy
I bought this for my grandson. It has made a HUGE difference to my daughter, gave her more confidence in handling her new baby.
Published 5 months ago by mrs e marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars More suitable for newborns
It has some good tips on settling a crying baby but it wasn't very comprehensive. It focuses on an immediate response rather than trying to understand your baby. Read more
Published 5 months ago by cemile
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic
What all mothers knew since generations: shushing, sucking, swaddling and shaking helps the baby relax and fall asleep. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mona Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless when your baby is screaming
Honestly, even if you find that these techniques don't work for you (which they should) to have any cards in your back pocket when your a new parent and your baby is kicking off is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eleanor
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all new parents!!!!
The techniques recommended by the DVD really work. We managed to calm and put our baby to sleep in minutes.
Published 13 months ago by Denisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Go-to baby gift
I always get this DVD and swaddling blankets for new parents. Instantly added an hour to my daughter's sleep. She's a bit old for it now, but it is fabulous for new babies.
Published 14 months ago by Joanna
4.0 out of 5 stars All really good but SHORT
We saw what we thought was a short clip from a longer video in our NCT class on this. The tips are really good and they really work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by La Schwass
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for new parents
Absolutely love this DVD! Just sad I found it when my child was about 3 months old. I give this DVD to all my friends who are expecting a babies - it's so useful, especialy for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by danusko
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
As a practicing Maternity Nurse I now use these 5 S's with all of my babies and the parents are amazed at the difference it makes to their crying baby. Read more
Published 18 months ago by joy maternity nurse
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