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

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Perfect for expecting parents who want to provide a soothing home for the newest member of their family,The Happiest Baby on the Block, the national bestseller by respected pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, is a revolutionary method for calming a crying infant and promoting healthy sleep from day one.

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.

Harvey Karp, M.D., is a nationally renowned pediatrician, child development specialist, and a leading advocate in the field of children’s environmental health. He is on the faculty of 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, andThe Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, teach parents his groundbreaking 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. Thousands of specially trained educators teach Happiest Baby classes across America. Dr. Karp’s works are translated into more than twenty languages, and their popularity have made him among America’s most read and trusted pediatricians.

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From the Hardcover edition.

Karp, Harvey
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
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Bantam Dell Pub Group
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8.25 in
5.25 in
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.55 lb
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  • The Happiest Baby on the Block

    The techniques are very simple. It doesn't take any time. For the baby's sense of security and for the parents peace, everyone needs to try it. It really works!!!

  • 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.

    Anonymous from Manhattan, KS, Jan 30, 2006

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  • Happiest baby -a must have for new moms

    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.

    Anonymous from Maryland, Jan 30, 2006

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  • Read it, somewhat helpful

    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.


    lvgirl111 from Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug 21, 2013

  • A MUST for new parents!

    I read this before I had my daughter, It's a must read for new parents! Many proven theories.


    prilll from Long Island , NY, Oct 4, 2010

  • Great Gift for new Mom

    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!!!


    kt24 from Upland, CA, Jun 10, 2010

  • Read this before you have you baby

    Great book and a must read before you have your baby. Practice the 5 S's to help you calm your baby crying really works!


    bharley from Hartford, CT, Sep 9, 2009

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    I enjoyed reading this book. I also advised my co- worker who is expecting to read this book. I cannot wait to use the information I learned to test.


    riversidecaligirl from Riverside, CA, Nov 4, 2008

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