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The struggle of getting my newborn to sleep
When my oldest was about a month old–it was the night before Mother’s Day to be exact– I couldn’t get him to sleep, or even be calm for more than 30 minutes. I would wear him in a baby carrier, put him in a swing with soothing music. He was already fed and changed. Nothing was working. Convinced it must be gas, I scoured the internet for any parenting website that might have some magical advice.
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That’s when I remembered the DVD my friend had leant me, The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. She said she had never watched it, but maybe it would help. My husband and I, at our wits end, were willing to try anything at this point. Little did we know that this DVD would change our parenting style forever!
That night–no exaggeration–my 5 week old slept through the night for the first time. This was the best Mother’s Day gift (besides my newborn, of course) that I could have asked for! The next morning, my husband and I woke up–admittedly a little worried–that our little guy was still sleeping in the bassinet next to our bed. I checked to make sure he was breathing; I couldn’t believe he had slept through the night–a full 8 hours!
Tip #3: Use the 5 Ss for soothing babies
What’s the secret? The 5 Ss: Swaddle, Side/Stomach, Shush, Swing, Suck. These 5 tricks will help trigger a calming reflex in your baby that promotes sleep.
At first, I didn’t really believe it would work, but as I mentioned, we were desperate! The DVD walked us step by step through the methods that will calm nearly any child, which was really great because as first time parents, we needed someone to show us how to do them.
The methods made a lot of sense, but I didn’t really believe they would help my crying child until I saw them in action. We tried them out on the spot, while the DVD was playing, and guess what? Our colicky baby was lulled into calmness!
You wont really understand the power of these methods until you see them for yourself. Google Harvey Karp–you’ll be amazed!
Now that we were armed with the tools for calming our little one, we were able to reap the benefits. My son established a positive sleeping habit that continued on–I’m not sure how well I would have coped if he hadn’t–but it all started with a quick DVD (if I remember correctly, it’s only about an hour long!).
Happiest Baby on the Block
Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby on the Block comes in both DVD and book formats, but since most new parents are too overwhelmed with raising a newborn to read a book cover to cover, I highly recommend the DVD. It not only contains the same information, it also provides demonstrations of each technique to soothe your crying baby—which are invaluable to any new parent! Remember: calm babies are happy babies, and happy babies sleep!
Try out Harvey Karp’s techniques. The man knows his stuff!
[Just a reminder: this is not a sponsored post (although that would be nice!) and all opinions are entirely mine, based on experiences using each product with my own children. As always, consult your child’s doctor if you have any concerns about your child’s safety or development.]
Have you tried any of Dr. Harvey Karp’s techniques? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
Be on the look out for my next post about the best blankets for swaddling your newborn!