The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
Harvey Karp's explanation of his "Five S's" - swaddle, shush, side position, sucking, and swinging - helped me to calm my baby if she was crying or get her to sleep if she was having trouble. The principle behind his system is that babies are used to being in the womb, and especially when they are in their first three months of life, they sometimes need us to recreate the ambiance of the womb to calm them down and help them sleep. Even now that she's eight months old, I still use lessons I learned from his book to calm her down if she's particularly upset, and I've even been able to use his "cuddle cure" to soothe someone else's baby to sleep!
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
The Baby Whisperer's "EASY Routine" helped me create some semblance of a schedule with my baby when she was as young as two months old. EASY stands for: Eat, Activity, Sleep, and Your Time. The idea is not to do things by the clock, but on a three- or four-hour rotation. I learned to feed and change my baby as soon as she woke up, give her some good playtime, and then put her back down once she started showing her sleepy cues. The routine helped make both my baby and me more content because we knew what was coming next, and it helped make clear what she likely needed at any point in time. Our current routine is still based on EASY.
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