Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | January 20, 2011

Happiest Baby on the Block

If you know anyone with a new baby, someone who is expecting ~ or even a new grandparent ~ you should be a good friend and gift them with a little book that just might save them from a lot of frustration and lost sleep.

It’s a short, easy to read book titled “Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp, M.D., and it explains why babies cry, and how to calm one ~ in 5 simple steps. Honest!

I read the book the first couple of days I was in Williamsburg, while watching Bennett sleep. I didn’t figure there would be a need for the program, since Bennett is an angel.

But on occasion, he does get fussy and it’s heartbreaking when all of his needs are met and he still can’t be consoled.

That’s when you start with step one, and move down the list if the first step isn’t enough to calm him. Sometimes one step is all it takes. Sometimes you get to five and have to wait a few minutes. But it always works!

All 5 steps are simple, and almost intuitive.

Essentially, you are wrapping the baby and positioning it so it feels secure, making use of the baby’s calming sucking reflex, and reproducing noises and motions that resemble those the baby heard and felt while in the womb.

Here is a photo of Matt making use the 2nd step on Bennett this morning…holding the baby on its side to prevent the startle reflex that makes them feel like they are falling.

Result? It worked…and Bennett was happy once again. Just another day in the life of a new Dad. Good job, Matt!



  1. The position Matt is usiing also applies a gentle consistent pressure to the abdomen which is a great strategy to break up and relieve gastrointestinal upset in babies- the wisdom given to me by Bennet’s great grandmother- “Dorota” 😉

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