The Happiest Baby on the Block
The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
Harvey Karp, M.D.
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Perfect for expecting parents who want to provide a soothing home for the newest member of their family, The Happiest Baby on the Block, the national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, is a revolutionary method for calming a crying infant and promoting healthy sleep from day one.
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 like 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
This book is essential!
After dealing with 5 hours of daily screaming fits for the first six weeks after bringing my daughter home I happened to stumble upon this book by chance. I didn't think it would help but I was curious and downloaded anyway and it has been a life saver. With my first try of the techniques I was able to get my baby to sleep in 5 minutes! I was skeptical that it was a fluke at first but since then I've successfully gotten my baby to sleep within 5-10 minutes. I am now also able to get my baby to sleep soundly in her crib, which was impossible before. If you have a colicky baby this book is a must!
A MUST READ!
My son had colic and wouldn't sleep more than two hours at night. He also has to sleep on my chest. My pediatrician let me borrow this book and it has changed my life! My two month old sleeps 6 hours in his own basinet and I can calm him in seconds!
This book should be a requirement for all parents as it teaches so much and helps give patience and understanding.
I highly recommend this book.
Excellent, but long-winded
The information in this book is absolutely essential, but as a busy, expecting parent, I would have loved a 10-page pamphlet that lists the 5 S'es, with a short explanation as to why it works, how to do it, including a diagram. That's the meat of the book, and it's important.
- Category: Parenting
- Published: May 28, 2002
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English