This might better fit in a Friday Favorite post, but that’s okay, right? My first two kids were pretty good newborns. My oldest was a dream, actually. He was very calm and easygoing. My daughter was a little more high maintenance. She liked to be held and she had a fussy time in the evenings, but overall she was still pretty easy. Both my older kiddos slept through the night at around 3-4 months old, which was a dream come true for me!
But when my third rolled around, the crap really hit the fan! He was fussy all the time, wanted to be held constantly, and wouldn’t sleep. At all. Not at night, but not during the day, either. It was not fun and with two older (but still young) kids, it was rough on me as a mom. I was exhausted.
When I get desperate, I start researching. I had remembered someone mentioning The Happiest Baby on the Block after I’d had my first, but I didn’t really need it at the time. But boy, when I was going on zero sleep while trying to take care of three kids, I was sure wishing I had the happiest baby on the block!
So I read the book. Because we were nursing I had a LOT of time to read! The book cost about $9.00 on my Kindle and it was probably the best $9.00 I’ve ever spent. Dr. Karp writes about five fairly simple steps to soothing your baby and they worked! I remember when we were at the pediatrician’s for a well check and baby boy started screaming inconsolably. It was so bad that we couldn’t even talk with the doctor. So I took a quick minute to implement the suggestions from the book and baby boy calmed down immediately. Our doctor was was even impressed and said, “Nice job implementing the 5 S’s!” (which is what the steps to soothing are called). Because guess what? Our pedi loves the book too!
Is this book a cure-all? No. But is it worth a try? Absolutely! And if you really want to be on the ball, I recommend trying to read it before baby comes. Just in case. You might not need it at all, but if you’ve got a screamer, the info is definitely good to know!