The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer

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Bantam Books, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 267 pages
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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.

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It was easy to read and full of good advice. - Goodreads
Annoyingly repetitive writing. - Goodreads
Worth reading, good insight on how to calm a baby - Goodreads
Good self help reference book - Goodreads
Repetitive but good advice! - Goodreads
Great pointers for to-be parents! - Goodreads

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Good tips, not all of them worked for us. I also watched the DVD,which had basically the same info. I would recommend just watching the DVD! The book just went into way more detail, more testimonials, and more about how different civilizations have calmed their babies throughout time. Read full review

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I liked this book, although I found the author arrogant. Okay, I usually find authors of self-help books arrogant and/or biased. :) That's why it got three stars, like almost every other pregnancy or parenthood book. What I did like about this book was the idea that babies like to be close to us. Karp includes personal success stories (cocky?) and cultural stories (I really liked these!) to provide evidence that swaddling and cuddling and bouncing babies are effective soothing tools. This appeals to my sense of parenting, so I liked it. 

Contents

Our Babies Ancient Survival Tool
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A CRysis for the Whole
25
The Top Five Theories of Colic and Why They
33
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About the author (2002)

Harvey Karp, M.D., has perfected his approach to crying babies during his twenty-five years of experience as a pediatrician and child development specialist. Trained by some of America's top pediatricians, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, in 1981 Dr. Karp received the prestigious Ehrmann Fellowship to study crying and colic. Dr. Karp is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica. He is also a nationally renowned expert on children's health and the environment and an authority on breastfeeding. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.

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