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Many parents find that when they use the snug swaddling, white noise for sleep/crying…and sometimes the swing (if the baby REALLY loves big movement)…they can stop the acid reflux medicine…most studies show babies don’t need medicine if they are growing well.
Dr. Karp

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  • Hi Dalimar, I am so glad you came, too! I’m glad you and your husband are working on a happy medium…parenting is a challenge and we all want to do it well and avoid problems later on. As I told you at the meeting, there will be a time to enforce discipline and limits…just not yet. I hope you have fun with “toddler-ese,” “gossiping,” “playing the boob,” etc. Best, Dr. Karp
  • Hi Heather,

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comments, especially since you are a medical professional…AND a moms. When you recommend this approach to parents, the best way to learn it is by watching the Happiest Baby DVD…it is just 30 minutes and helps parents get the technique exactly right (and teach it to other family members) + using our specially engineered CD of white noise (for al naps/nights for the entire first year) . There are now over 2500 Happiest Baby educators and they give the DVD + CD to parents for free.
    I hope you take a look at The Happiest Toddler DVD/book later on…it does for kids 8 months- years what the baby work does for the little guys.

    Happy New Year! Dr. Karp

  • Hi Roger,
    The Happiest Toddler is designed for kids 8mo-5yrs, so your little guy is still a bit too young. But, I recommend using the swaddling for at least 4 months and the right type of rough white noise for at least the first year! And, I would make sure to always put him to bed awake (if he falls asleep in your arms…that’s fine…but wake him up a little bit when you place him to in the crib). If he fusses you can jiggle the crib a little until he calms. By doing these things he should naturally learn to self calm.
  • I agree!

Recent comments by Dr_Karp

  • When do I have to stop swaddling my baby?
    You don’t have to…but most parents find that the best way to learn these counterintuitive methods is to watch the DVD a few times (to master the basic techniques)…and then the book is much more understandable. Good luck!
  • Crying Or Colic?
    Hi Lette, Sorry it has been a struggle for you. I don”t know how old your child is, but when parents tell me the 5 S’s are not working 90% of the time it is because they are not being done exactly right. Unfortunately, the techniques can be a little tricky (that’s why we made a DVD …it is easier to learn the 5 S’s by watching someone else do them). Swaddling is key to success…unwrapped babies tend to fuss longer and wake more often….and they then need strong white noise (when he is crying…play it as loud as a hair drier! then as he calms play it as loud as a shower)….and finally some need to sleep – fully wrapped – in the swing all night (as I describe in my new sleep book). And if you are sure you are doing everything right and they are STILL not working, you should have your child checked by his doctor.
  • When do I have to stop swaddling my baby?
    Hi Anne, As I discuss in my new sleep book, infants who can escape the swaddling are not being swaddled properly (big enough blanket? arms snug?) or they may need to sleep swaddled in a fast moving swing all night…I recommend you double check your technique with your doctor or on The Happiest Baby DVD). Also, make sure the sound is as loud as a shower…and try a more rumbly, rough noise (I discuss this in other responses on this page). Best of luck! Dr. Karp
  • When do I have to stop swaddling my baby?
    Hi Talia, Make sure you are using a rumbly white noise CD (all night/naps…as loud as a shower)…this will improve his sleep…but if he is still trying to roll over, I recommend you ask your doctors permission to swaddle him (with the white noise playing) and then buckle him snugly into a fully reclined (flat) swing or infant seat.

    Take care, Dr. Karp

  • When do I have to stop swaddling my baby?
    Hi Barbara,

    Don;t worry…she won’t go to college needing to be swaddled! Some babies seem to need swaddling even to 8, 9, 10 months…but what helps to wean it faster is to use a rough, rumbly white noise CD for all naps and night sleep. (I usually recommend track 5 or 6 of our specially engineered CD…played about as loud as a shower.)
    Have fun! Dr. Karp

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