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For day #2 I have to highlight something that was invaluable to us once our little lady arrived. We purchased the DVD, Happiest Baby on the Block, by Dr. Harvey Karp. For frugalites you can also check out the book or DVD free at the library or purchase it used from my Amazon sidebar to the right. Dr. Karp has simple, straightforward recommendations to calm your newborn and to help them sleep longer periods through the night. I watched this DVD before our daughter was born and frankly retained very little information. I also tried to read the book and my new mommy brain just couldn’t get through it. I recommend the DVD because it is so clear and shows you exactly what to do to soothe your baby. Some of Dr Karp’s tips include how to swadle, proper rocking technique, soothing sounds and creating an environment that is conducive to sleep.
I had completely forgotten about this DVD when my daughter was about 6 weeks old. We were exhausted as she would wake up every 60-90 minutes all night and to get even a short nap during the day required hours of walking and rocking. I was convinced she had colic since she would scream and scream (due to being overtired) and we were desperate. One night I remembered the DVD and popped it in and literally within minutes we had a quiet baby. That night she slept 3 hours straight which was such an incredible gift!
I highly recommend this DVD for new mommies and suggest watching it after the baby is born. It is a great resource for caregivers that might be a little rusty at caring for newborns as well. Let me know if you are familiar with Dr. Karp and what you thought of Happiest Baby on the Block!