The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
The Happiest Baby on the Block The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer Author:Harvey Karp In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries --an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. — No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars lik... more »e Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy.
Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.”
In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses:
·The Missing Fourth Trimester: as odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon.
·The Calming Reflex: the automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life.
·The 5 “S’s”: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the calming reflex. For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming reflex only works when it is triggered in precisely the right way. Unlike other books that merely list these techniques Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to do them, to guide cranky infants to calm and easy babies to serenity in minutes…and help them sleep longer too.
·The Cuddle Cure: the perfect mix the 5 “S’s” that can soothe even the most colicky of infants.
In the book, Dr. Karp also explains:
What is colic?
Why do most babies get much more upset in the evening?
How can a parent calm a baby--in mere minutes?
Can babies be spoiled?
When should a parent of a crying baby call the doctor?
How can a parent get their baby to sleep a few hours longer?
Even the most loving moms and dads sometimes feel pushed to the breaking point by their infant’s persistent cries. Coming to the rescue, however, Dr. Karp places in the hands of parents, grandparents, and all childcare givers the tools they need to be able to calm their babies almost as easily as…turning off a light.
I didn't finish the book but what I read was good. My baby was past the collicky stage by the time I was halfway thru. I did practice what he said and it definitely worked. The book is pretty repetitive.
Jen Q. reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book is a must have for parents. It's simple really --it works. Get it! My 4 month old is still calmed immediately by white noise. I also recommend the Miracle Blanket for swaddling. We used it for 3.5 months and she was a really good sleeper.
Debbie H. - reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer on + 7 more book reviews
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I would highly recommend this book. When I first read it, it seemed a little far fetched, but then I tried it and it WORKED!! I am a HUGE believer in his method after this. And really, it just makes sense too.
Amber D. (amburp) reviewed The Happiest Baby on the Block : The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer on
Helpful Score: 2
Reading this book, I found it to be very redundant/repetitive. However, this may be because I am already very familiar with soothing techniques for infants, as I am a pediatric RN. I think this book would be a great guide for the lay-person with a newborn who has colic or a short temperament. Although this writing seems to be reaching out to the stressed, new parent, I would suggest to parents to read this before their child is born, as they will not have the time or patience to read this book with a colic-y newborn. It has very good tips on calming methods for all parents whether or not your child has colic. It also has a very good explanation of exactly what colic is.
We all know that there are a million "how to do this" better for your baby type books out there, but I will join the many who SWEAR by these techniques. Our daughter was always a pretty good sleeper, so on the nights when she just didn't want to sleep we often didn't know what to do. This worked 99% of the time! This was a quick read for good advice on how to get your baby to SLEEP!!!
I have to say that in the beginning this book was a life saver. But once my body stopped producing milk for some unknown reason and we went on to formula she developed severe colic. The techniques did work to an extent and made life a little more manageable. However I do not agree with constantly holding a baby, as a result of continually holding a baby our daughter is now use to it and at 8 months of age while awake we can not set her down without her screaming bloody murder unless we are right next to her playing with her. I would recommend to any mother that once the baby has fallen asleep that they place them in their crib or bassinet and allow them to get use to waking up in their own bed. The book says you cannot spoil your baby by always holding them, phooey! While it has been a challenge with our daughter we are now having to pay the price with our hearing and having to break such an ugly habbit, it's very difficult. Should we decide to have another child we will go about the whole approach quite differently when it comes to holding the baby but otherwise still use the other techniques. With the swaddling, shhhsing sounds and etc.