The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

by Harvey Karp
     
 

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Dr. Harvey Karp is famous for his brilliant insights into centuries-old parenting problems and for discovering breakthrough solutions that are simple . . . practical . . . and fast working. In The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, he works his magic once again on the #1 complaint of new parents. The bone-deep fatigue that parents experience when their

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Dr. Harvey Karp is famous for his brilliant insights into centuries-old parenting problems and for discovering breakthrough solutions that are simple . . . practical . . . and fast working. In The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, he works his magic once again on the #1 complaint of new parents. The bone-deep fatigue that parents experience when their children sleep poorly is not just a nuisance—it is very serious. Sleep deprivation can provoke depression, illness, marital conflict, and even obesity.

A flood of sleep misinformation and contradictory messages have left parents more confused than ever: “Hold your baby—but don’t spoil her!” “Swaddle your baby—but don’t let him get dependent on it!” Based on Dr. Karp’s thirty years as a pediatrician and child developmentalist, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep reveals groundbreaking new ideas to prevent or cure most sleep problems in children under five years old, including:

  • How to adjust a baby’s schedule to reduce day sleep and boost night sleep within the very first weeks of life.
  • How to use sleep cues like swaddling and a special type of womb sound to help any infant sleep an extra one to two hours at night within just days.
  • How to defuse bedtime struggles and help your toddler fall asleep faster using a novel sleep training approach called twinkle interruptus.

Plus, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep reveals many more foolproof tips used by Dr. Karp with thousands of families to quickly turn nighttime shrieks into nightlong slumber.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Popular pediatrician Karp (The Happiest Baby on the Block) points out that 60%–80% of parents say their kids have sleep problems. These make life all the more difficult for sleep-deprived parents who may get less than six hours of sleep per night and desperately grapple with conflicting bedtime advice from parenting experts and others. Karp lays a number of myths to rest in his latest book, including the idea that babies, who have shorter sleep cycles than adults, can’t learn better sleep habits before three months of age. In fact, he gets right to work giving parents tips and tools to help their newborns develop good sleeping patterns, and then moves on to older babies and toddlers. Among the keys to Karp’s sleep solutions are using womblike white noise, swaddling, and waking baby for a “dream” sleep before putting him down (in his own crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet rather than bed-sharing until he is at least four months old to help prevent SIDS). Karp does not recommend the “crying it out” method (arguing that the approach has a bad effect on an infant’s sense of trust and security) except when all other measures fail. For older kids, he presents a humorously labeled “twinkle interruptus” tactic, in which the parents teach their child “patience stretching.” Exhausted parents will warmly welcome Karp’s encouraging tone and innovative, think-outside-the-crib solutions. (June)
Jane Honikman
“Dr. Karp is a parenting hero! His Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep would have helped tremendously when I was an exhausted new mom. It’s a must have resource for all families.”
Jetta Bernier
“Mixing good science—with a welcome dose of humor—this once-in-a-generation sleep book will strengthen your skills and lower your stress.”
Arianna Huffington
“Exhaustion is no longer the fate of all new parents. Now babies and toddlers—and their parents —can sleep better and longer thanks to Dr. Karp’s practical advice and wisdom.”
Francine Kaufman
“This book is a breakthrough! Poor sleep doesn’t just cause exhaustion; it even triggers obesity - of children and parents! With ingenuity and insight Dr. Karp reveals simple steps to boost sleep...and promote the health of the entire family.”
Gary Freed
“What a great job! Dr. Karp weaves together modern science and ancient wisdom to dispel common sleep myths. His simple, clear advice will help your little one sleep through the night.”
Laurie David
“If you’re starting to feel ‘sleep’ only exists in a dictionary, then this book was written for you! America’s #1 pediatrician can help turn your nightly stress into glorious rest.”
Harley Rotbart
“I learned more about kids’ sleep from this book than in my entire thirty years of practice. Dr. Karp’s great advice will make you the happiest parents on the block!”
Ian Paul
“Dr. Karp’s white noise advice is incredibly helpful for boosting sleep. I recommend it to my patients...and even use it with my own children!
Lucy Puryear
“Sleep deprivation often pushes moms into postpartum depression. Dr. Karp’s fabulous new book is at the top of my list to help all new parents get the sleep they need to stay healthy and enjoy this precious time of life.”
Roni Cohen Leiderman
Amazing! Dr. Karp has done it again! With wit and wisdom he reveals the simple steps to get precious extra hours of rest. This remarkable book will have your babies and toddlers sleeping in no time!
Kyle Pruett
Once again, Dr. Karp saves parent sanity (and rescues relationships). With his trademark smart, fast-acting advice, he’ll help your child - and you - sleep better and longer!
Diane Debrovner
“When your little child sleeps well...life just seems happier. Dr. Karp’s unique and gentle ideas may be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of!”
Matt Goldman
What a gift! Dr. Karp (once again) makes things so easy. You’ll reconnect with the miracle of sleep faster than you can imagine...and you’ll be the dad - and husband - you really want to be. It works!
Jennifer Shu
Finally, everything you need to know about sleep is all in one book! The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep shows how to get a good night’s sleep...without all the tears. It’s a must-read for sleep-deprived parents!
Harold Koplewicz
Dr. Karp rescues weary parents with great ideas that flip conventional wisdom right on its head! His fresh insights will help turn your bedtime screamer...into a champion sleeper.
Library Journal
Pediatrician and popular author Karp (The Happiest Baby on the Block) offers a phone book-length title on sleep. Organized by age, he covers the expected material, along with such late-to-the-game myth-busters as “never wake a sleeping baby.” While Karp is a popular and bestselling author, there isn’t much new here in terms of research and approach, and his liberal recommendations are a bit dubious—always pick up a crying baby and repeat the cycle “over and over.” In addition, some Q&As seem completely fabricated: “Does swaddling hurt a baby’s hips?” There are so many books on the market about infant sleep that it’s a wonder we still have something to discuss.
VERDICT While the advice is sound, the book is embarrassingly long while the author belabors the obvious and the pace is insufferable. Despite the critique, patrons may likely request.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062113337
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
74,985
File size:
3 MB

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What People are saying about this

Lucy Puryear
“Sleep deprivation often pushes moms into postpartum depression. Dr. Karp’s fabulous new book is at the top of my list to help all new parents get the sleep they need to stay healthy and enjoy this precious time of life.”
Harley Rotbart
“I learned more about kids’ sleep from this book than in my entire thirty years of practice. Dr. Karp’s great advice will make you the happiest parents on the block!”
Harold Koplewicz
Dr. Karp rescues weary parents with great ideas that flip conventional wisdom right on its head! His fresh insights will help turn your bedtime screamer...into a champion sleeper.
Laurie David
“If you’re starting to feel ‘sleep’ only exists in a dictionary, then this book was written for you! America’s #1 pediatrician can help turn your nightly stress into glorious rest.”
Francine Kaufman
“This book is a breakthrough! Poor sleep doesn’t just cause exhaustion; it even triggers obesity - of children and parents! With ingenuity and insight Dr. Karp reveals simple steps to boost sleep...and promote the health of the entire family.”
Roni Cohen Leiderman
Amazing! Dr. Karp has done it again! With wit and wisdom he reveals the simple steps to get precious extra hours of rest. This remarkable book will have your babies and toddlers sleeping in no time!
Arianna Huffington
“Exhaustion is no longer the fate of all new parents. Now babies and toddlers—and their parents —can sleep better and longer thanks to Dr. Karp’s practical advice and wisdom.”
Matt Goldman
What a gift! Dr. Karp (once again) makes things so easy. You’ll reconnect with the miracle of sleep faster than you can imagine...and you’ll be the dad - and husband - you really want to be. It works!
Jennifer Shu
Finally, everything you need to know about sleep is all in one book! The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep shows how to get a good night’s sleep...without all the tears. It’s a must-read for sleep-deprived parents!
Ian Paul
“Dr. Karp’s white noise advice is incredibly helpful for boosting sleep. I recommend it to my patients...and even use it with my own children!
Kyle Pruett
Once again, Dr. Karp saves parent sanity (and rescues relationships). With his trademark smart, fast-acting advice, he’ll help your child - and you - sleep better and longer!
Gary Freed
“What a great job! Dr. Karp weaves together modern science and ancient wisdom to dispel common sleep myths. His simple, clear advice will help your little one sleep through the night.”
Diane Debrovner
“When your little child sleeps well...life just seems happier. Dr. Karp’s unique and gentle ideas may be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of!”

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Meet the Author

Harvey Karp, M.D., is a nationally celebrated pediatrician, child development specialist, and children's environmental health advocate. He is on the faculty of the USC School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Karp's books and DVDs, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, teach parents breakthrough techniques to reduce infant crying, boost sleep, build toddler patience, and stop tantrums. Millions of parents have benefited from his advice, including celebrities such as Madonna, Michelle Pfeiffer, Larry David, Jewel, and Pierce Brosnan. Translated into more than twenty languages and taught across America by thousands of Happiest Baby educators, the enormous popularity of Dr. Karp's work has made him one of the most read—and most trusted—pediatricians in history.

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