I think this book was excellent. Our baby has been collicky since her first week. Once we started using Dr. Karp's techniques she has been much happier, and we are able to help soothe her much easier. It really has relieved some stress and anxiety on us as new parents.
This is definitly a must have for all new parents. Dr. Karp is an excellent pediatrician and has some valuable information in the book that will help any new parents get a better handle on parenting a newborn! Happiest Toddler on the Block is also invaluable for parents of toddlers! I highley recommend this book , in combination with some great swaddling blankets as a wonderful shower gift for any new mom!
I bought this book for a girlfriend and she swears by it. Her baby is only a month old and was having trouble sleeping. After reading this book, she understands why her baby was having trouble sleeping. And she learned some tricks to to calm her baby down and put her to sleep.
I read Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, and Heathy Sleep Habits Heath Kids before I had my first baby. They each have a different approach, so going into it, you have to figure out an approach that works for you own family. For us Babywise was the one. Happiest Baby on the Block was a little too "attachment parenting" for us but I expect it would be perfect for some families. Our baby was sleeping 10 to 5 a.m. or so when I went back to work at 11 weeks and by 16 weeks had a firmly established schedule of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. like a little alarm clock.
I love this book! Someone reccommended it to me and I LOVED it when I read it. I now give it to all my friends when they become a new Mom. It's so helpful for getting through the hard days when you don't know what else to do. Must have!!!
This book is a life saver for sleep-deprived parents of newborns. It's easy to read. If you're at your wits end, go straight to Appendix B. Then start working your way through the book --again, it's an easy read so won't take long to get to the principles he discusses. And it is very easy to pick up on the "5 S's" --a lifeline for calming any baby. I give this book to every expectant parent friend.
In preparing for the arrival of our first child I looked into many different books with tips on sleeping and schedules, etc. but none of them felt right to me- leaving an infant alone in their crib for hours and hours every day, letting them cry for 20 minutes, making them sleep when you decide and not letting them when they are tired, and the list goes on. Luckily our baby girl did very well from the very beginning and I wasn't looking for advise. A friend gave a rave review of this book so I got it hoping to be prepared if our second child was harder then the first. The theory and strategy presented in the book is the first that made sense and felt right. I will definately employ the strategy if needed in the future! : ) I can't recommend this book enough for parents-to-be or those with a difficult little one.
Every parent should read this book. It's wonderful. I work with infants in childcare every day with many different baby's from many different backgrounds and home dynamics and it works for all of them. I give this book for baby showers and have purchased them for the center that I work in and for myself. Yes, Yes, Yes. Read and follow what is instructed and you'll be very glad that you did and you'll enjoy your baby even more and they you.
I had already had my daughter but bought this book when I was pregnant with my son. It was truly an eye opener. I understood how babies feel (finally) I even sent a copy to a good friend of mine who called me frantic one evening. She told me later that all the things that Dr.Karp recommened in his book helped calm her baby and keep her that way.
A lot of the suggustions in this book are 'key' to having a contented newborn. I read this book to look over for a pregnant friend and found that a lot of the 'tips' were just good old common sense that worked well on my three happy babies. A MUST for any new parent !!!