(Closed) Happiest Baby on the Block? Success? Failures?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yep, it really works.  I was shocked myself when I did it and within minutes not only was my baby quiet but he was asleep.  Some babies it can take a little longer (we didn’t give a pacifier until a few months in so the suck part was left out of our equation for awhile) but even then, it still works.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had great success with HBOB from day one with my daughter.  We stopped swaddling around 3 months, and she never really took to a pacifier (she used to lick instead of suck, lol), but we continued using shushing, side laying, and swinging to soothe her up until she was 6 months old, at least.

ETA:  I’ve never talked to a parent who’s baby didn’t respond to HBOB, but I’ve seen that babies differ in which of the 5 S’s are most effective for them.  It’s a little bit of trial and error at the beginning, just to find out what calms your baby the fastest.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

My biggest takeaway from the video was A. How to swaddle (I had to watch a couple youtube video’s as well after baby arrived) and B. “Shhhhing” is LOUD! Like louder than the baby crying ๐Ÿ™‚

I will say the “Shhhing” was like magic! Granted it worked better for me than for my husband.

My husband seemed to get the swaddle and side lying to work well for him.

I don’t think you need to buy the book or video but watch it on netflix once before baby and maybe once after baby and you’ll be good! The techniques may or may not work for your family but it’s always good to have a full bag of tricks to try!

I’ll also add there’s lots of articles/research out there about Swaddling right now that you may want to read. Even after reading that we swaddled Roo for 9 months at night and I’ll swaddle the next one as well if it works for them. I do agree that babies should be unswaddlied and skin to skin for the first 90-120 minutes after birth if possible ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MissDareDevil:  Yes, your newborn would sleep swaddled in a bassinet, cradle, or crib.  If you read the book, he recommends that most babies can be weaned of the 5 S’s around 3-6 months, but to use them as often as needed with newborns.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@MissDareDevil: The only way my son would sleep more then 45 minutes when he was young was in a swing. He is now 3 and is a super spirited toddler. He always was high needs and the swing was the only way he would sleep.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just finished the book (I’m still pregnant), but it was definetely an interesting read. I might need to get the video to refresh myself and my husband closer to birth. Glad to hear it works for many people. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

YES! I read the book but it was the video that was a life changer. We watched it when our son was a few weeks old.  The shushing, the super-tight swaddle (we were being too gentle with it), the side lying, the gentle rocking/head bobbing were all amazing.  I was not a big fan of the sleeping in the swing thing though, we didn’t do that. IT really truly was like turning a switch – although during the actual swaddling, we often got some crying, once he was tightly bundled and we did the other things he was happy as a clam ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE LOVE LOVE HBOTB 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Darling Husband ordered the book but where in the world can I get the video.

Lordy I hope this method works!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@panterapeach:  Check your library!  I plan on borrowing the dvd from our library before #2 comes, just for a quick reminder.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Totally worked for us!  I try to encourage everyone to read it (or watch it).

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