The Happiest Baby on the Block is by far the most important book that I have ever read in my life! I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is going to have a baby, or already has a newborn.
Dr. Harvey Karp has come up with the 5 S’s of soothing a newborn baby which are Swaddling, Side, Shushing, Swinging, and Sucking, and this method works like magic. If you are interested in how this works you can see his method in action in this video, and many others like this on Youtube.
I found the book extremely useful because it also explains the science behind this method, and goes into a lot more depth than Youtube videos.
For Zoe, I found that we never needed the Side or the Sucking, and holding her upright with her chin resting on my shoulder worked better than having her on the side. Also, I walk with her in the living room and that is better than swinging for her. So, I am sure you’ll also find that you make some adjustments with your baby.
The methods listed in this book work really really well though, and this is a very important skill to be able to learn as getting a newborn to calm is akin to a superpower for any new parent. So, if you are expecting a baby go buy this book or at the very least – watch as many videos of Dr. Karp as you can!