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The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
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really liked it

This was one of the few books my hospital recommended. I read it before the baby arrived (and I'm glad I did). It provides practical solutions to at least one early parenting trial: how to calm a crying baby when you have no idea what to do.

I'm not sure I love the tone of the book, which can be a smidge patronizing, but that is forgiveable for the incredible usefulness of the practical tips. I think there's also some "noble savage" assumptions at the root of this concept, but the tips are based on real situations and examples.

In practice, I can say the "5 S's" do really work! It's great to have an approach to help soothe a very young baby who can't express his needs. Plus it reduces my stress to have something to DO when baby is so very upset.
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Reading Progress

November 8, 2019 – Started Reading
November 8, 2019 – Shelved
November 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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