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

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

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by Harvey Karp

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ISBN-10: 0553381466

ISBN-13: 2900553381466

Pub. Date: 05/31/2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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


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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The Happiest Baby on the Block The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
shawna44 More than 1 year ago
It's true that the book repeats A LOT, but I like that most of the time. I'm a first time mom-to-be and need some of this new information pounded into my head. I especially enjoy how Dr. Karp blends theory with his imaginative ideas about cave babies into the instructional material.
Alayna Stone More than 1 year ago
My baby isn't really colicky but this book is full of wonderful information. I would recommend to every single new parent!
Rashel Beaver More than 1 year ago
Worked like a charm three times in a row so far. Baby to sleep in under five mins each time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read especially during the newborn phase. The 5's really worked and helped me to get my little one to sleep many nights. I would definitely reccommend to first time moms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
and renting the DVD from the library and implementing the 5 s's, my entire family's life changed overnight! It was a GODSEND! Little did I know, as a first time mom who thought her baby had colic, I just didn't know what to do to calm him down and get him to sleep. Prior to reading this book, my husband and I took turns letting Baby sleep on our chests. It was the only way (we thought) he'd sleep. Sure, we tried swaddling, but we thought he didn't care for it or that swaddling wasn't right for him because he broke out every time. But, Dr. Karp's swaddle worked and he slept in his bassinet like a champ! Poor little guy must have been so fussy because he was simply sleep deprived because *I* was clueless. I highly recommend this book for the first three months of your baby's life. After that, though, you'll need to move on. Personally, I find the cry it out method a bit harsh for a tiny baby. I read many books and combined the information and strategies I agree with to create a sleep routine that works for everyone in my family. The books that had parts that really made sense to me, although they are vastly different from one another are: 'The No Cry Sleep Solution', 'The Baby Whisperer', and 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child' (a harsh cry it out book that is chock full of important sleep information minus the crying part). I use the common themes that all of the books recommend (a bedtime routine) and chose elements I agree with from each book to create a sleep plan that my whole family can live with. Best of luck to you. I hope this info. helps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a first time mother with a colicky newborn I felt my life had descended into chaos. Dr. Karp's book helped instill a sense of order and calm for both my son and me. The Happiest Baby on the Block philosophy and strategies make intuitive sense and, most importantly, worked to calm my baby. I now feel more in control and knowledgeable about ways to soothe my son. I'm also getting more sleep :) Instead of buying clothes or toys as gifts for new parents, I¿m giving them this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the baby stores - with all the lights, bells, whistles, etc!!! What's the deal with the swings, batteries and other 'gadgets???' I discovered 'I' have the keys to TRIGGERING my baby into a CALM STATE! With my first two children, I discovered I had been beating my head into a wall - I was trying to calm MYSELF DOWN not the baby. Just understanding what the baby really needed made it all so simple. It is not difficult or complicated! It's all so logical insofar as to what the baby needed in the womb!! Within FOUR choices of what to do to calm my COLICKY, CRANKY baby - I had a sleeping infant that was a joy to me and my family!! Not only that - but the younger the child is when you implement these techniques - the happier and more secure the child is as it gets older. No wonder the guy in the comment above is so unhappy. THANK YOU DR. KARP!! Thanks a million, Deborah Michaels
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Karp's book is a 'God-send.' In fact, my wife and I were beginning to think that the sleepless nights and endless fussy behaviour of our third child was God's idea of a bad joke, paying us back for the exact opposite experience with our other two children, who were sleeping through the night the second week home from the hospital. Then, after learning of Dr. Karp's techniques and a few practice sessions mastering his art of swaddling, rocking and shhh'ing, our baby was finally getting to sleep AND STAYING ASLEEP - AND SO WERE WE!! There was a time there where we thought 'that's it, we're done, three's enough'.....but because of Dr. Karp and his simple but so effective idea's, a fourth one sounds pretty good right now!! Thank you Dr. Karp.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Karp clearly loves babies and respects parents. His soothing technique brings together all the pieces of baby-soothing knowledge into a 5-step pattern that works to help even the fussiest newborn stop crying. His system is especially valuable for parents of colicky babies. All of Dr. Karp¿s ideas are loving and respectful to babies, and encourage bonding between baby and parent. He gives parents the tools they need to feel confident caring for their new baby. The 5 S calming technique should be taught to all professionals working with newborn babies: it¿s effective!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where was Dr. Karp and this book 10 and 12 years ago? How I wanted to calm my babies in an effective manner. They weren't 'colicy' but when they did cry or wouldn't sleep, I wasn't always successful in calming them. I often times felt ineffective as a parent and the only advice I got was either 'let them cry it out alone' or 'just hold them and deal with the crying until they stop'. NOW, thanks to Dr. Karp, there are some wonderful, practical and useful solutions to 'colic' and fussiness that WORK and no one, not mommy, daddy nor baby are left feeling frustrated or unsuccessful by these solutions. Dr. Karp's suggestions of the 5 'S's' are comforting and effective for all. Less tears and more smiles all the way around! In my present profession as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice, I have many parents ask me about calming their new babies. It is hard for parents to realize how much sleep their babies need, much less, how to help their babies get all that sleep. Since reading Dr. Karp's book, I have answers for them! Now I suggest to all my future clients 'Read this book now, before your baby comes into this world'. To my present clients, I suggest they buy a copy ASAP. This book is empowering. This book will change the beginning of the parenting journey in many positive ways for all who read it; moms, dads, grandparents, Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Lactation Consultants and Pediatricians. Even the most hard to convince parents and babies will be surprised by the results! Enjoy! He has a GREAT video with the same title. It is a great way to see him at work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We doctors are going to love this book! Sure, we feel helpless too when parents bring us an otherwise healthy baby who just can't stop crying. It's even worse when they come to the Emergency Room late at night as a last resort (not a great experience). Dr. Karp's method is simple and logical...and it works! This book is like a 'Get Out Of E.R. Free' card. It will soon become a must-have gift at every baby shower!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book completely changed my parenting experience. Before learning Dr. Karp's techniques my son was crying all the time and it seemed like he never slept. The methods that Dr. Karp teaches really do work. My son is now happy, calm and sleeps easily. I am a new person. This is a must read for all new moms!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a new mother of twin boys, parenthood and all that it entailed came as a rude awakening after the quiet months of bed-rest that preceded the birth. I had not sufficiently allowed for the extreme fatigue that faced my husband and I being so compounded by two colicky babies. We were beside ourselves. Enter Dr. Karp. His techniques work and while they don¿t eliminate the problem, they allow zombified parents to get a handle on the situation, and believe me, that¿s the difference between coping with those early months and not. We were so fortunate to have the hands-on help of such a dedicated doctor who not only understood our situation, but also had found solutions for those difficult first months that the previous generation seems so readily to forget. With this book his message is going to reach more than those who are lucky enough to be patients at his office, and as a confirmed convert to swaddling, swings and shushing, that¿s a wonderful thing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a godsend! Our baby didn't stop crying from the moment she was born. If she wasn't eating or sleeping she was wailing and we were distraught. The nurses in the hospital wished us luck when we went home and said colic usually passes in 3-4 months. Ugh! We were miserable and exhausted until someone recommended this book. It changed our lives. The 5-step technique worked immediately. We can now calm our 6 week old in under 2 minutes. In addition, she often sleeps through the night and, when she is awake, she coos and cuddles and is happy. We are thrilled and I find myself recommending this book to complete strangers. This book is a must read for every parent, grandparent, caregiver and nurse! The technique is so simple and works wonders from the first time you try it. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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OUTSTANDING! My daughter wasn't colicky, but I found this book really interesting and full of great information. An easy to read, enjoyable book I'll recommend to every new parent I know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very useful for babies with happiness and sleep issues up to about 3 months, 4 max. Great for those early colicky months. If baby is over 4 months old i wouldnt bother reading it as none of the book will apply to you.
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