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

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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 ...
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Overview

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 istriggered 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553381467
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/31/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 19,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Mommy to be, friends to very well rested and grateful new parents!!

    I bought this video for some friends who are first time parents. They had a baby boy a couple of weeks ago. They had been struggling with their baby sleeping all day and crying ALL NIGHT. When I would talk to them, they were always exhausted. They were also getting really frustrated which was causing problems with their relationship. Dad was working all day, and wanted to come home and unwind and get a little bit of sleep. Mom was confused and at her wits end because she didn't know what else she could do. Nobody was getting any sleep at night. Mom was having to let baby sleep on her chest while sitting on the couch, and dad was in the bedroom. I started doing some research to see if there was anything that could help their baby sleep at night. I happen to stumble upon this book title on B&N and started reading all of the outstanding reviews. When I went to B&N to pick up the book, I saw that there was a video and purchased the video for them instead. Boy was this a GOD SEND!!! While simultaneously watching the video, they tried Dr. Karp's techniques, they were amazed when it INSTANTLY worked!!! They went from not getting any sleep to 6-7 hrs of sleep a night and their little one will only be two months. The parents have showed the video to their sister-in-law, who has a 7 mth old baby herself. She used to sit in the rocking chair in the middle of the night and cry with her baby because she didn't know what to do. She stated 'where was this video 7 mths ago, when I needed it?!?!' I myself am due to have a baby boy in January and plan to use Dr. Karp's techniques on my newborn right away!!! P.S. if you could get the video, PURCHASE IT!!! You can apply the techniques right away. Some parents and babies, may lose out on much needed rest because they are too busy and don't have the time to read a book. The mom I purchased this video for even told me, if I would have purchased her the book, 'I would not have read it. I was too frustrated and too exhausted with the little guy'. I will definitely purchase a copy of this video as a gift for all future baby showers that I attend!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Good information, but it could have easily been boiled down to a

    Good information, but it could have easily been boiled down to a twenty-page pamphlet. Also, the author spends considerable time discussing his theories regarding the evolution of the species; this could be offensive to some. 
    All in all, it is not worth buying. Borrow from a friend and read it in a day. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Here is the book in a nutshell: Swaddle your baby, let them hav

    Here is the book in a nutshell: Swaddle your baby, let them have a pacifier, and make the shush sound when they are upset. By doing this you will be the best parent on the block. Not worth your time. Not revolutionary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    LOVE THIS BOOK!

    After 3 months of struggling with our collicy baby boy, I bought this book along with a couple of others. This book was by far the best. The swaddling alone helped my baby take longer naps, and by 4 months he was sleeping all night. The shushing also helped - we used a white noise maker at night to sooth him. His binky, the sucking, continues to sooth him today. Now at 11 1/2 months old, he is a happy baby boy who continues to sleep all night and take 2 solid naps a day. I just wish I would have found this book earlier! I will definitely recommend it to my friends who are expecting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    A Godsend that WORKS!

    I've read EVERY baby book out there re: sleeping and crying, and this is the only one that WORKED immediately and meets your instincts as a mother that the baby is too young and physically immature to soothe herself and put herself to sleep in her first few months. I started using the techniques in this book when our baby was just under 3 months. We were at the height of the crying all night long, plus she was not taking naps during the day (if she did go down, she woke herself right up). I was able to soothe her to sleep in minutes and she stayed asleep much longer. Now at 4 months, she needs less of these techniques and she can fall asleep on her own -- just as well as the other books that told you to let you newborn just cry it out said their techniques would lead to. BUY THIS BOOK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    new parents or parents to be - get this book!

    My husband and I read this shortly before our twins arrived - thank goodness! Such useful information and instructions on ways to help calm a fussy baby. Luckily a few different friends had recommended it to us, and then the pediatrician recommended it after they were born (we already had it by then). I'd say this is a must-have for all new parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    good

    good

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    This book is so helpful! A friend suggested it when our daughter

    This book is so helpful! A friend suggested it when our daughter was about 5 weeks old and was taking forever to go to sleep and crying most of the day.  Needless to say, we needed help.  Within two days we had a total turnaround on our daughter's behavior and a much happier baby.  She slept longer and more solidly and was generally more content throughout the day.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Great for helping to calm fussy babies

    I give this book to family and friends who are having a baby. As a nurse, I've used Dr. Karp's techniques many times. I incorporated in to our parenting classes.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    LIFE SAVER!!!

    I bought this book when I had a newborn and because it was so helpful I just bought it for my expecting sister-in-law (I had given my copy to a co-worker who was expecting). If you do not want to loose your mind on your child you MUST get this book, it is a life saver. This book helps your understand life from the baby's point of view, why it wants the 5C's and how to properly give them. I would recommend this for all new moms and maybe experienced moms that have had a large gap between babies or had a hard time with other babies. I don't like to read so I just focused on the very important parts but if you want a fuller understanding of what is going on in that baby's mind read this book. You won't regret this purchase.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I also recommend Sugar's "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    What All Americans Need to Know About Their Child's Education

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Informative, Easy to Follow, and Absolutely Sensible Advice for Calming All Newborns!

    The logic behind the "fourth trimester" and how to make the transition of your newborn from the uterus into this world by using the 5 S's to calming your baby makes so much sense. I have seen my one daughter use it on my grandson and have another daughter ready to give birth to my second grandson who is planning on using these techniques. I think that as a grandparent it is profitable to know these techniques as well. This provides consistency and security for these little ones learning how to cope in this big and sometimes cold world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    A life saver for parents of newborns.

    After a sleepless night, my husband and I read this book together. The techniques taught us how to get our baby (preemie) to sleep for longer stretches and put into words how to calm him when he is fussy. I attribute this book to saving us, our son and our marriage. Everyone I know that is having a baby is getting a copy.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Get this book before you even have the baby!

    The premise of this book is based on Dr. Karp's belief that even full-term babies are born prematurely and need a "fourth trimester" to fully develop before birth. The theory is intriguing and his argument compelling (especially since the suggestions he makes to aid your baby in being happy, calm and settled truly work!)
    I loved the book and recommend it highly...it's become part of my baby shower package for all expectant mothers I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    LOVE IT

    It is a life saver and after our success with the 5 S we are now giving it away as a gift to any new parents we know!

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Saved My Sanity!

    This book brought peace and sleep into my home! I especially liked the detailed drawings showing exactly how to swaddle a baby. I spent a small fortune on specialty swaddling blankets and a bunch of other stuff that my son was able to escape from in a hot minute...this book helped me be the kind of parent I wanted to be, instead of the insane sleep deprived woman I had become!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2009

    Made all the difference!!

    Dr. Karp really knows his stuff! We used this book as a textbook for a class of mine in college, and now I give it as a gift at every baby shower. It's wonderful for every first time mom or dad!

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Indispensible

    A must have for new mommies and daddies to get the rest you and your baby needs to much. Put all of your minds at ease. Great advice given right here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    best book for sleeping

    Multiple mothers in our family swear by Dr. Karp's sleep training. Their children have benefited from the information and those that did not have the sleep training still cannot sleep well. Simple, loving, and effective.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Connects the dots

    This book is extremely helpful in explaining how to combine all of the baby calming techniques friends, family, and other books suggest but don't tell you how to execute successfully. Also, it very comprehensively explains why newborns may have extended fussy periods in a well researched and easily understandable manner. The jiggling was the key for my baby. Thanks Dr. Karp!!

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