I just rented this video from the library.
Thanks for posting this, Jen!
I really liked Happiest Baby on the Block, and I do recommend it to new moms, however just wanted to say it's not always a magic bullet. The only reason I say that is that I was very offended by a comment made to me when Ry was a newborn. I told Dylan's boss' wife that he screamed for 7+ hours every day and she said to practice the 5 S's. I said we did (religiously!), and she said, "Well you must not be doing it right, because it always works." Well, that made me feel like the crappiest mom on the block!
Anyway, just wanted to say to all moms-to-be, "Yay for the 5 S's", but if they don't work all the time, it doesn't mean you're a bad mom. In Ry's case, he screamed so much because he had undiagnosed food allergies and reflux, so he was in constant pain, and no amount of soothing, no matter how thorough, was going to change that fact, poor little dude!
That's a really good point about it not working if there's something really wrong (e.g., baby's really in pain).
Yeah, I always recommend people get the DVD. It really is better that way.
I remember one time when Patrick was a few weeks old and he was screaming and crying and inconsolable. And I started swaddling him (with a Miracle Blanket), and literally as I did it he went from screaming to asleep. It was unreal.
And there was a while there where the skin right below my nails on almost all my fingers was raw from him sucking on them, and I had to keep switching fingers as he wore one raw.
Anyway, I was a huge fan for HBOTB :) For the shh'ing I recommend getting the Sleep Sheep. I thought it was silly when my mom got it for us, but we took the noise box out of it and it went everywhere with us the first couple months. It was magic for making him happy in the car, and we still use it to help him sleep at night.