Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block | Harvey Karp

During the first three months of life (the fourth trimester), it’s impossible to spoil your baby by letting her suck or stay in your arms for hours.

Book Info

Genre: Parenting
Number of Pages: 267

Happiest Baby on the Block is a guide for getting babies to stop crying and to sleep better. It breaks down easy to follow steps and explains why they work. (Spoiler: think about the conditions of the womb.) For a complete summary, you can go here.

Book Review

TL;DR: A great guide for soothing newborn babies!

Rating: 4/5

Full Review: Overall, the concepts of this book are super important for having a happy baby because they help your baby be a good sleeper. I only gave this book a 4 instead of stars because it really could be half the length. It felt like a blog post that was stretched out to be able to be sold as a full-length book. But I understand that you make more money from a book than a blog post…

The main concept is the 5 S’s:

  1. Swaddle
  2. Side-lying
  3. Shhing
  4. Swinging
  5. Sucking

Boom. That’s everything you need to know for a happy baby. Well, there’s more to it than that, but those are the easiest things to remember. I like that it simplifies it in a way that’s easy to remember at 3am with an upset baby.

Our baby is currently two months old and the concepts are working wonders. We started the swaddling and white noise as soon as she came home and she has been a great sleeper the whole time (perhaps too good of a sleeper since it’s hard to get her to eat, but that’s a story for another post). I am not sure if she was naturally a good sleeper or if these steps made a huge impact. We also took the Taking Cara Babies class (which I HIGHLY recommend). She also covers her own version of the 5 S’s, but the concepts work exactly the same. Baby Wise is another amazing book about baby sleep.

This book is worth reading while you or pregnant as preparation, or it can be a tool if you are struggling with a fussy baby that doesn’t sleep very well. I tabbed my favorite tips while I was pregnant and have gone back to reference them a few times in this first month of parenthood. It’s a very quick read, so make sure to throw this in your stack of to-read parenting books. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

My Rating

4 star review

During the early months, you have a much more vital job: Building trust. Predictable, consistent, kind responses—whenever he cries—teaches your baby to have confidence in you and helps him grow up feeling loved and worthy of love!

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