The Happiest Baby on the Block

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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 7:02pm

I just rented this video from the library.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 2:39pm

Thanks for posting this, Jen!

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 3:36pm
This DVD is great for DH's! My Dh watching it a lot while I was pregnant, and I think it was really helpful with James was tiny. Plus DH felt good that he knew how to calm James. He got really good at swaddling, and he made a tape of the hairdryer that he would use to shush James when he was really upset. It was great!
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 5:14pm

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!

-Megan

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 5:43pm
Netflix! I was just about to buy it from Amazon when Suzie suggested adding it my queue! Great idea :)
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 6:42pm
That's sooo true Megan! Those are definitely not a cure-all, if somethings actually wrong with your baby, it's not going to work (which I'm pretty sure the guy says on the dvd). Also, sometimes babies are just going to cry, and nothing works... We definitely had some evenings like that.
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 7:49pm

That's a really good point about it not working if there's something really wrong (e.g., baby's really in pain).

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 4:06pm
Megan, how rude of that lady. I wish . . . people were more considerate. Anyone who has ever had a baby should know that the first few months that you are a parent are incredibly nerve-wracking. Unless you are going to tell the Mom that she is beautiful, amazing, and doing all the right things (with maybe some gentle suggestions if the Mom has a specific problem), you should just keep your 2 cents to yourself.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 4:42pm

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.

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