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

by Harvey Karp

Random House Publishing Group | May 27, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 18.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 0.57 in

Published: May 27, 2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553381466

ISBN - 13: 9780553381467

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't know what I would have done with out it This book was recommended by a family member, and I truly don't know what we would have done without it. As new parents it provided us with a good theoretical foundation of how to soothe our baby.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Resource We are first time parents and found this book to be a fantastic resource in learning how to calm our daughter's crying. Although this book is aimed towards calming babies with colic, it applies to calming all babies, whether they have colic or not. The techniques by Dr. Karp work amazingly when performed exactly how he has described without modifications. This is an excellent resource for all new parents and for those wanting to learn techniques to calm their babies' crying.
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just okay I read about this book online, and found that lots of ppl enjoyed it. Some of the tips about a colicky baby were great, but the book was filled with tons of "fluff". I don't know if I would recomend this book as you can read about the main points online.
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book for getting your baby to sleep! This is the best book out there for getting your baby to sleep - the only people this book doesn't work for are those who don't try it. People may say their baby " doesn't like" some of the steps in this book but go for it and it WILL work! I have used this method with both of my babies and my friends' babies and it ALWAYS works. Don't waste another exhausted, frustrated minute - get this book!
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A helpful book for parents A helpful book for parents seeking effective strategies for dealing with their challenging children. As a social worker, I often recommend this book to my clients who are looking for easy to use, effective parenting strategies. Other parenting books I recommend: Connected Parenting: Transform Your Challenging Child and Build Loving Bonds for Life The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline Liana Lowenstein, MSW Author of, "Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Youth"
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I bought this book when I was pregnant and heard about his methods on television. After seeing a clip on T.V. and how fast the babies calmed down, I was sold. Once I had my son he didn't have colic but he did have his moments of being fussy and it was difficult to calm him down. After using the 5 s' it was less than a minute to bring him into a state of calm. Truly amazing to me how something so easy and simple could work so well. We also purchased the DVD as it is helpful to have a visual aid in learning these techniqes. The DVD was also a great buy as it has the calming sounds available that we would play all night to keep our little guy in a peaceful sleep (you get use to it sleeping with this noice, trust me). I would say that this is one of the best items we have bought for our baby. Our son is now 7 weeks old and has truly benefited from these techniques as he sleeps soundly and only wakes for feeding through out the night.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saver! Every new parent should have this! This book made the life of a brand new parent (both my husband and myself) so much better. This is one item that every new parent should have in their "Bag of Tricks" ready to go when they meet their new little one. Both of my kids had extended fussy times at night for their first 3 months, and the tips in this book helped us understand, and work through this challenging time.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have!!! Without this book we would have been lost, it saved our sanity as parents and made the first three months of our daughters life much less tramatic for her. If your baby has colic, this book is a must read.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must for colic babies I am a first time parent and was desperate to find some solution for my sleep deprived state. I was seaching and reading everything on the internet that dealt with colic babies. What I noticed was this book was mentioned by other parents with colic babies. I thought I would give it a read. It has been a life saver!! You can easily read this book in a day because the most informative part of the book is about 10 pages long, and it is literally a 5 step (or less) process, the 5 S's, swaddling, side, shhh, swing, suck. I had tried swaddling my infant straight out of the hospital but he would wiggle out of it and then begin his crying fits, so I gave up on that and soon realized my child was never sleeping more than 11/2 hours. Now I know I was doing it all wrong. The swaddle needs to be very tight. If it's not tight, your baby will not like being swaddled. Add the Shhhh, and Swinging and my baby was fast asleep. I really can't thank Dr. Karp enough. It really works but you need to be persistent. It took me about 2 days to get the hang of the steps and for my baby to move from sleeping only every 11/2-2 hours in the night to 3-4 hours in the night (@ 7 wks of age).
Date published: 2007-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful!!! My husband and I read this book before our son was born and we felt very prepared for the ups and downs we were going to face. When our son was six weeks old he was sleeping six hours a night, eating well and gaining weight at the top of the charts. Following all the techniques in this book saved us. We had a couple rough nights...literally a couple and my husband and I would take turns reading the book to the other while trying the techniques until we found the ones that worked in the right combo for our son. He slept swaddled until about 3 months when we weaned him from it as the book suggests. At this point we also moved him from the bassinet in our room to his crib in his room. Although my son is an easy baby who adapts well to change, I feel a lot of this is because of the atmosphere we created for him, thanks to Harvey Karp.
Date published: 2007-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! This book is completely amazing! Our son was nine weeks old when I bought this book and was not sleeping for longer than three to four hours at a time. It was absolutely brutal trying to get him to go to sleep at night. The night after I read this book we followed all of the recommendations and he slept through the night (8.5 hours) straight through. He was relatively easy to put down for the night. He's now slept through the night each night since and each morning I have to wake him up for his feeding.
Date published: 2007-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Lifesaver! By the time my baby was 2 months old, I thought I just couldn't cut it as a parent. My baby was so fuzzy, I thought I must be doing something wrong, as nothing I did could help her settle. After reading about colic, I realized that my daughter was a textbook case. The only problem was, everywhere I turned, there were no answers on how to cope with a baby with colic. Thankfully I found this book!!! I followed the techniques, and after a little practice, they became second nature. My daughter responded very well, and we are very thankful for Dr. Karp!!! This book is very easy to read and strategies are easy to implement.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for expecting parents The author starts with a realistic description of what the first three months of a baby's life are really like, and offers a way to help parents cope with it. His theory made a lot of sense to me, and his solution helped me a lot with my daughter (almost like a recipe book).
Date published: 2006-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Finally a book that says you shouldn't feel badly if you can't leave your child scream in the crib for hours! I wish I had this book when I was pregnant and could have read it then. It would have been interesting to see if this system had worked with my little guy. The only thing that I would improve about this book is that my baby was about one month too old to use the method, so I would have like to have seen potential solutions to help with babies older than 6 months. However, the book was very well written and user friendly. The language was very accessible, which was a definite advantage to a sleep deprived mom! Next child I will have this method on the go from the beginning.
Date published: 2005-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% Effective! Must read! This is the most amazing system to calm a crying baby I have ever seen. I wish I'd had it for my first child. Our second baby was not a difficult baby - BECAUSE of this book. The techniques are easy to learn and take very little effort. In fact, if one parent reads the book, they can easily teach the other. Also, it is a very simple read, so is nice for last minutes of pregnancy, when you have enough cluttering up your brain!
Date published: 2005-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Resource!! I tell everyone about this book. As a first time parent I was scared I wouldn't know how to handle an upset baby. I've tried many of Dr Karp's suggestions and they worked!! When my daughter was a week old we were getting very little sleep and were walking around like zombies! I began using some of the techniques in the book and she began sleeping longer periods at night!! She is now a month old and is sleeping for 6 hours at a time, nursing, then sleeping for 3 more hours! As a well rested new mother I am better able to handle upsets and be a better Mom to my daughter. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2004-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Happiest Baby on theBlock...for sure This is the best book for new parents. I wish I would have read it before our son was born! The technique really works and DOES NOT involve letting your baby cry himself to sleep. I have lent this book to two other new moms and they swear by it as well. My son went from sleeping 2 hours at a time to 8 hours within one week. This book has been our savior! I am online now ordering two more copies as gifts for other moms. This is something they should give every new mom before they leave the hospital. I am not one for filling out book reviews but this one deserves the time!!!!
Date published: 2004-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a well written book -- highly recommend it!
Date published: 2004-05-25

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

by Harvey Karp

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.48 × 0.57 in

Published: May 27, 2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553381466

ISBN - 13: 9780553381467

About the Book

Renowned pediatrician Karp synthesizes years of practical experience and fascinating research into a series of easy-to-do, easy-to-remember techniques that help parents find baby's "off switch" and transform that tiny crying newborn into "The Happiest Baby on the Block."

Read from the Book

Chapter One At Last There''s Hope: An Easy Way to Calm Crying Babies Main Points: All babies cry, but most new parents have little experience soothing them The Basic Problem: In many ways, babies are born three months too soon The Calming Reflex: Nature''s Off switch for a baby''s crying The 5 "S''s": How to turn on your baby''s calming reflex The Cuddle Cure: Combining the 5 "S''s" to help any fussy baby Suzanne was worried and exhausted. Her two-month-old baby, Sean, was a nonstop screamer. He could cry for hours. One afternoon her sister came to watch the baby, and Suzanne bolted to the bathroom for a hot shower and a quick "escape." Forty-five minutes later she awoke, curled up in a ball on the blue tile floor, being sprayed with ice-cold water! Meanwhile, half a world away in the rugged Kalahari plains of northern Botswana, Nisa gave birth to a tiny girl named Chuko. Chuko was thin and delicate but despite her dainty size, she, too, was a challenging baby who cried frequently. Nisa carried Chuko in a leather sling everywhere she went. Unlike Suzanne, she never worried when Chuko cried, because like all mothers of the !Kung San tribe, she knew exactly how to calm her baby''s crying-in seconds. Why did Suzanne have such trouble soothing Sean''s screams? What ancient secrets did Nisa know that helped her calm her baby so easily? As you are about to learn, the answers to these two questions will change the way you think about babies forever! The
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

"Karp offers a unique approach to the tantrums, melt-downs and overriding challenges that often accompany the demanding years from one to four.... Soothing and offers new hope and strategies to those who may have given up on making sense of the toddler years."—Publishers Weekly

“You want help? This is r-e-a-l help! The Happiest Toddler on the Block is one of the smartest parenting books of the past decade.  Over and over, parents will find themselves proclaiming, "Thanks, Dr. Karp…Now I get it! “—Kyle Pruett, MD, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and author of Fatherneed: Why Fathercare is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child

"Dr. Karp's approach is terrific...and fun! His book will help parents, grandparents and everyone who cares for toddlers be more effective."—Martin Stein, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, Children's Hospital San Diego

"Dr. Karp helps parents turn the "terrible" twos into "terrific" twos. His work will revolutionize the way our culture understands toddlers!"—Roni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Associate Dean, Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies, Nova Southeastern University

“Dr. Karp has done it again! Parents will find reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block a joyous adventure…with pearls of wisdom waiting for them on every page.”—Morris Green, MD, Director, Behavioral Pediatrics, Indiana University, Riley Hospital for Children, editor, Pediatric Diagnosis

“Dr. Karp's excellent approach gives parents the tools they need. His simple methods make raising rambunctious toddlers a whole lot easier.”—Steven Shelov, MD, Editor in chief of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Baby and Young Child

“Dr. Karp’s new book is an innovative, unique and thoroughly enjoyable guide to toddler behavior!” —Donald Middleton, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

"Parents will be delighted by this clever approach to communicating with toddlers. It allows us to see the world from our children's unique point of view."—Janet Serwint, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Harriet Lane Children’s Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

"It really works! With great humor and a gentle touch, Dr. Karp shows how to raise happy, well-behaved toddlers. His book is invaluable.—Gabrielle Redford, Senior Editor, AARP The Magazine (and mother of 17-month-old twins)

"It really works! With great humor and a gentle touch, Dr. Karp shows how to raise happy, well-behaved toddlers. His book is invaluable.—Gabrielle Redford, Senior Editor, AARP The Magazine (and mother of 17-month-old twins)

About the Author

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, and The 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.
 
For further information, please visit www.happiestbaby.com


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"A must read! Dr. Karp offers insights into parenting by combining ancient and modern wisdom. Our baby boy responded to the 5 S’s immediately!" --Keely and Pierce Brosnan, TV journalist/environmentalist and actor "Harvey writes about areas that most parenting books don’t address. What every mother needs are simple tools that really work . . . and Harvey’s do." —Michelle Pfeiffer, actress/producer "A witty and masterful book bursting with wisdom from start to finish. It contains some of the best, most original ideas about new babies I have ever seen. Dr. Karp entertains as he teaches, providing wonderful and innovative suggestions in a family-friendly way." —James McKenna, Ph.D., chairman, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, and director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory "What a marvelous book! Parents for years to come will be grateful to Dr. Karp for this lucid and entertaining explanation of why babies cry and how to help them." —Martin Stein, M.D., Professor of pediatrics, University of California, San Diego Medical School, author of Encounters with Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development "Harvey Karp is the type of pediatrician that every parent would want. His experience is beyond compare and his ability to relate to parents is impressive. The Happiest Baby on the Block has the perfect solutions for helping parents grow and thrive . . . along with their babies." —Sandra Apgar Steffes, R.N., M.S., mem
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