The Happiest Baby (THB)

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About This Program

Target Population: New parents, grandparents, teachers and healthcare professionals

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 0

Brief Description

THB explains that the current culture’s conceptualization of the first three months of life is flawed. In many ways, newborns are not fully ready for the world at birth, they still need a protected environment filled with rhythmic, monotonous, entrancing stimulation...a fourth trimester. It teaches five simple methods of activating the “calming reflex” by imitating the uterine sensory milieu - the "5 S's" - Swaddle, Sidestomach position, Shush, Swing, Suck. Laboratory research has demonstrated that elements of this program, including swaddling, sound, and movement, improve the quality of sleep and promote greater arousability, which may protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This program promotes good parent-infant bonding and aims to assist in the prevention of a number of severe and life-threatening consequences of infant crying. These consequences are marital stress, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Post-Partum Depression (PPD), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), excessive use of Emergency Room/physician time, overly aggressive medical evaluation and treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and perhaps even in the prevention of obesity.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of The Happiest Baby (THB) are:

  • Promote good parent-infant bonding
  • Assist in the prevention of a number of severe and lifethreatening consequences of infant crying such as marital stress, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Post- Partum Depression (PPD), and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Contact Information

Harvey Karp, MD
Agency/Affiliation: The Happiest Baby, Inc.
Phone: (310) 476-4440
Fax: (310) 440-4401

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2008