Monday, January 7, 2008

Happiest? Try only. . .

Yesterday we watched The Happiest Baby on the Block. It's a condensed version of the book of the same name.

The main concept of the book and DVD is that human babies come out too early. Because evolution saw fit to make us the smartest creatures on the planet, our brains, and therefore heads, grow bigger than anything else when we're in the womb. This makes us come out before our bodies are developed to the point of being able to walk, crawl, slither, swim, really no forward mobility.

So the first 3 months should be considered the 4th trimester, and baby should be treated as if still a fetus.

Don't buy that? Then think this way, a baby spend 9-10 months in one basic position, hearing one sound, and being jiggled all day long. . . 24-hours a day. After he comes out, he doesn't get much of any of that. The book and video teaches you how to simulate that which calms the baby.

Our only complaint is we weren't shown this DVD in the hospital.


Anonymous said...

We have this DVD too. It was so helpful with our first DS and he just cried all the time. We had no clue why he was crying so much. He loved to be swaddled and the jiggle was the best thing in the world for bedtime. I remember the 5 S's too. We didn't have to use it so much with Peyton as he was a little more laid back then Carter was. You are right though they should really encourage parents to watch this before they go home, because you are right it would be so helpful.

Scott said...

Hi Jamie,

I got your blog from a friend of a friend kind of thing. You do a great job with it. Good to see some other dad's out there!

Keep it up!