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How to stop your baby from crying

My brother Rafer and his wife Tiffany are about to have a baby.  Whenever someone you know dives into this adventure, you want to arm them with as much information as possible.  For me- I never would have survived without learning how to calm my baby from crying- and that knowledge came from the dvd "The Happiest Baby on the Block."
The dvd was made by a pediatrician named Dr. Harvey Karp.  The concept seems totally "woo-woo", but the truth is, newborn babies have a calming switch that just needs to be turned on.  By swaddling, slowly rocking, and SHHHHHH-ing into their ears, you will see an immediate difference.

Dr. Karp is wildly popular.  He's been on Dr. Oz and is the pediatrician to many celebrities. 
Here is Dr. Karp being interviewed for a British talk show.  Pass it on to anyone you know having a baby. 

The bummer is, I didn't get this dvd until my son was two months old.


But better late than never!



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hairbo said:

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...unless your baby cannot stand being swaddled. Our son did a whole lot of crying as an infant, and we tried swaddling, but that made him even more upset. He would fuss and struggle until his arms were free from the swaddling cloth. In our case, it turned out he had some shoulder issues that happened during delivery (not shoulder dystocia), and so tightly wrapping his arms and shoulders caused him even more pain. In our case, we took him to a cranial-sacral therapist more or less as a last resort (unlikely to hurt him, might help him), and lo and behold, a lot of his pain went away. He still didn't like being swaddled (and to this day, doesn't like being held too closely for too long), but lots of his pain went away, and he started sleeping better almost right away. Perhaps the larger point is this: every baby is different, and so there is no one single magic bullet that will work for all children. The great thing is babies are really good at giving feedback, so you'll know almost immediately what works and what doesn't.

Megan Cottrell said:


I didn't see the DVD, but I read the book, and it's awesome! It's also written for people who are sleep deprived - it repeats a lot, so you're sure you won't miss anything in case your brain is running a little slow.

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