Do the 5 S’s work with high need babies?
Dr. Karp is highly familiar with the concept of ‘high-needs babies’ and The Happiest Baby on the Block is specifically helpful with them during the first 4-6 months of life. If you have not yet watched The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD, Dr. Karp highly recommends doing so as it will be a great visual tool in learning the 5 S’s which will help babies be calmed & soothed, even high-needs ones. It is also very important to be using white noise in addition to the 5 S’s as this will help create a ‘buffer’ to the outside disturbances that may be bothering your baby. Dr. Karp suggests parents use the CD of white noise for the first 12 months of age & many parents find it beneficial for years to come!
- I was wondering – she HATES her car seat and often screams inconsolably while in it – any tricks for getting her to be happier/more comfortable while en route?
- We did not know about The Happiest Baby on the Block when our son was born and suffered through months of sleep deprivation & post-partum depression as we couldn’t soothe him. He hated being swaddled. Our question is; we would like to add to our family but cannot see ourselves surviving another colicky child. Why do you think your techniques work?
- My wife and I have been swaddling our 9 month old for naps and nighttime since birth. Now we can’t get him to sleep without it! Help!
- Question regarding the “Calming Reflex” technique on The Happiest Baby video.
- In the Happiest Baby video, the swining/jiggling is demonstrated and then showed how to use the swing to continue the motion after the baby has calmed down. Do baby bouncers (that vibrate) work as well as swings?