One of the few books that I’ve decided to read to prepare for parenthood is “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” I really like it and if the author, Harvey Karp, is correct, this book will be a lifesaver during the first few months of Roo’s life. I recommend reading it.
He talks about the first few months of life as the fourth trimester, when an infant is still developing some of the senses and controls that other animals would develop still in utero. It makes sense the way he presents it. You have to read the book to completely understand. I don’t want to review the book here.
But, I do want to talk about a component of the book that concerns me. He encourages the use of what he calls the “5 S”s” listed below but not necessarily in the correct order:
I think they all make sense and he has real life examples of how the use of all techniques combined have miraculous effects on a sobbing baby. However, I’m concerned about the Sssshhhh component. In his book, he strongly encourages the use of a white noise machine. However, I worry and have read medical articles, which backs up my concern, that constant white noise is not good for a baby’s auditory development.
I’m all for shushing loudly close to her ear to help her calm herself but I’m just not sure about the constant white noise all night in her nursery.
I understand why the constant noise is helpful to calm a baby as he explains that in utero the baby is exposed to constant noise from the blood rushing through mom’s body and organs making their usual noise. However, I don’t know if putting a white noise machine in Roo’s room is a good idea. I would rather play her soft music in the background to help her sleep that shuts off after a certain amount of time to help her fall asleep. I think there is nothing wrong with listening to music as you fall asleep. I often did when I was younger at low levels when I was falling asleep.
What do you all think? Am I crazy? Have you used Karp’s method successfully including the white noise machine? Is a fan running all night enough white noise?