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

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

byHarvey Karp

Paperback | May 27, 2003

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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 Toddle...
Title:The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep LongerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.26 × 5.49 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.26 × 5.49 × 0.59 inPublished:May 27, 2003Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book for first-time parents! This book was an absolute enlightenment for my wife and I. Just wish we had heard of it when we got our first child. Our third child is two months old just now, and we're finding ourselves frequently consulting this book for both practical solutions and theoretical explanations when he is fussy/crying.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish I would have read this earlier I picked up this book not as a frazzled new mom trying to figure out how to get my baby to sleep more, but rather as a mom of a happy 16 month old who wanted to figure out what she did wrong in those early months with a newborn who just wouldn't nap except in the car. I wish I would have read it earlier as the fundamentals in this book make so much sense now after the fact. The chapter on the second 'S' (side-stomach position) is one of the key things that my baby was missing. I now understand that his Moro reflex was the main problem, but putting the 5 S's together as a package makes complete sense. I definitely recommend this book to new parents, but especially to the parents-to-be as preparation of what to do right from the start to save yourself the frustration and exhaustion, and more importantly to give your baby the ever-important rest that they so desperately need in those first few months of life.
Date published: 2015-01-14
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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Chapter OneAt Last There's Hope:An Easy Way to Calm Crying BabiesMain Points:All babies cry, but most new parents have little experience soothing themThe Basic Problem: In many ways, babies are born three months too soonThe Calming Reflex: Nature's Off switch for a baby's cryingThe 5 "S's": How to turn on your baby's calming reflexThe Cuddle Cure: Combining the 5 "S's" to help any fussy babySuzanne 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! They will show you the world through your baby's eyes and, most important, they will teach you how to calm your baby's cries in minutes and help prolong her sleep.Your Baby Is BornWhen perfectly dry, his flesh sweet and pure, he is the most kissable object in nature.Marion Harland, Common Sense in the Nursery, 1886Congratulations! You've done a great job already! You've nurtured your baby from the moment of conception to your baby's "birth"-day. Having a baby is a wonderful-and wonder-full-experience that makes you laugh, cry, and stare in amazement . . . all at the same time.Your top job as a new parent is to love your baby like crazy. After showering her with affection, your next two important jobs are to feed her and to calm her when she cries.I can tell you from my twenty-five years as a pediatrician, parents who succeed at these two tasks feel proud, confident, on top of the world! They have the happiest babies and they feel like the best parents on the block. However, mothers and fathers who struggle with these tasks often end up feeling distraught.Fortunately, feeding a baby is usually pretty straightforward. Most newborns take to sucking like they have a Ph.D. in chowing-down! Soothing a crying baby, on the other hand, can be unexpectedly challenging.No couple expects their sweet newborn to be "difficult." Who really listens to horror stories friends and family share? We assume our child will be an "easy" baby. That's why so many new parents are shocked to discover how tough calming their baby's cries can be.Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying crying is bad. In fact, it's brilliant! Leave it to nature to find such an effective way for helpless babies to get our attention. And once your baby has your attention, you probably zip down a checklist of questions and solutions:Is she hungry? Feed her.Is she wet? Change her diaper.Is she lonely? Pick her up.Is she gassy? Burp her.Is she cold? Bundle her up.The trouble comes when nothing works.Estimates are that one out of every five babies has repeated bouts of terrible fussiness-for no apparent reason. That adds up to almost one million sweet new babies born in the U.S. each year who suffer from hours of red-faced, eyes-clenched screaming.This is why parents of unhappy babies are such heroes! A baby's scream is an incredibly heart-wrenching sound. Bone-tired and bewildered moms and dads lovingly cuddle their frantic babies for hours, trying to calm them, yet the continued crying can corrode their confidence: "Is my baby in pain?" "Am I spoiling him?" "Does she feel abandoned?" "Am I a terrible mother?"Confronted by this barrage, sometimes the most loving parent may find herself pushed into frustration and depression. A baby's unrelenting shrieks can even drive desperate caregivers over the edge-into the tragedy of child abuse.Exhausted parents are often told they must wait for their babies to "grow out of it." Yet most of us feel that can't be right. There must be some way to help our babies.I'm going to show you how.Help Wanted: Who Do New Parents Turn to When Their Baby Cries a Lot?Although a network of clinics and specialists exists to help mothers solve their infant's feeding problems, there is little support for the parents of screaming babies. That's unfortunate because while the urge to quiet a baby is instinctual, the ability to do it is a skill that must be learned.Today's parents have less experience caring for babies than any previous generation. (Amazingly, our culture requires more training to get a driver's license than to have a baby.)That's not to say that inexperienced moms and dads are abandoned. On the contrary, they're bombarded with suggestions. In my experience, America's favorite pastime is not baseball but giving unasked-for advice to new parents. "It's boredom." "It's the heat." "Put a hat on him." Or "It's gas."It can be so confusing! Who should you believe?In frustration and concern, parents often turn to their doctor for help. Studies show that one in six couples visit a doctor because of their baby's persistent crying. When these babies are examined and found to be healthy, most doctors have little to offer but sympathy. "I know it's hard, but be patient; it won't last forever." Advice like this often sends worried parents to look for help in baby books.Parents of colicky babies spend hours scanning books for "the answer" to their infant's distress. Yet, often the advice can be equally confusing: "Hold your baby-but be careful not to spoil him." "Love your baby-but let her cry herself to sleep."Even these experts confess that for really fussy babies, they have nothing to offer:Very often, you may not even be able to quiet the screaming.What to Expect the First Year, Eisenberg, Murkoff, and HathawayThe whole episode goes on at least an hour and perhaps for three or four hours.Your Baby and Child, Penelope LeachIt's completely all right to set the baby in the bassinet while trying to drown out the noise with the running water of a hot shower.The Girlfriend's Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood, Vicki IovineBut a hot shower is cold comfort for the parents of a screaming baby.Many exhausted parents I meet have been persuaded, against their better judgment, that they can only stand by and endure their baby's screaming. But I tell them otherwise. Unhappy babies can be calmed-in minutes!The Four Principles of Soothing BabiesIn many ways, the peoples living in primitive cultures are backward compared to Western societies. However, in some areas their wisdom is great . . . and we are the "primitive" ones. This is particularly true when it comes to soothing crying newborns.I teased out shreds of information from the past and wove them with cutting-edge modern research and some unique observations made during my years of caring for more than five thousand infants. From this, I distilled four principles that are crucial for anyone who wants to understand babies better and be skillful at comforting them and improving their sleep:The Missing Fourth TrimesterThe Calming ReflexThe 5 "S's"The Cuddle CureThe Missing Fourth Trimester-Many Babies Cry Because They're Born Three Months Too Soon!Did you ever see a baby horse or a baby cow? These newborn animals can walk, even run, on their very first day of life. In fact, they must be able to run-their survival depends upon it.By comparison, our newborns are quite immature. They can't run, walk, or even roll over. One British mum told me her new daughter seemed so unready for the world she and her husband affectionately nicknamed her "The Little Creature." They're not alone in seeing babies that way; the Spanish use the word criatura, meaning creature, to describe babies.In many ways your new baby is more a fetus than an infant, spending most of her time sleeping and being fed. Had you delayed your delivery just three more months, your baby would have been born with the ability to smile, coo, and flirt. (Who wouldn't want that on their baby's first day of life!) However, I've never been able to talk a woman into keeping her infant inside for a fourth trimester . . . and for good reason. It's already a tight squeeze getting a baby's head out after nine months of pregnancy; by twelve months it would be impossible.Why are our babies so immature at birth? The reason is simple. Unlike baby horses whose survival depends on their big strong bodies, a human baby's survival depends on big smart brains. In fact, our babies' brains are so huge we have to "evict" fetuses from the womb well before they're fully ready for the world to keep their heads from getting stuck in the birth canal.Newborns have some abilities that demonstrate their readiness to be in the world, but these notwithstanding, for the first three months, our babies are so immature they would really benefit if they could hop back inside whenever they get overwhelmed. However, since we're not kangaroos, the least we can do as loving, compassionate parents is to make our little criaturas feel at home by surrounding them with the comforting sensations they enjoyed twenty-four hours a day in the womb. However, in order to give babies a fourth trimester, parents need to answer one important question: What exactly was it like in there?In your womb, your baby was packed tight into the fetal position enveloped by the warm wall of the uterus and rocked and jiggled for much of the day. She was also surrounded by a constant shushing sound a little louder than a vacuum cleaner.For thousands of years, parents have known that mimicking conditions in the uterus comforts newborns. That's why almost every traditional baby-calming technique around the world imitates the sensations of the womb. From swaddling to swings to shushing, these methods return babies to a cuddly, rhythmic, womblike world until they are ready to coo, smile, and join the family. As helpful as this fourth-trimester experience is for calm babies, it is essential for fussy ones.Most parents assume that this imitation soothes their baby simply by making her feel "back home." Actually, these experiences trigger a profound neurological response never before recognized or reported-until today. This ancient and very powerful baby reflex is the calming reflex.The Calming Reflex: Nature's Brilliant Off-Switch for Your Baby's CryingThis automatic reset switch stills a baby's crying and is truly a baby's (and parent's) best friend. Why did nature choose imitating the uterus as the trigger for this blessed reflex? The reason is clear but unexpected: As important as it was for our ancestors to be able to quiet their babies, it was triply important for them to be able to quiet their fetuses!Just imagine what it would feel like if your fetus threw a temper tantrum inside you. Not only could pounding fists and kicking feet make you sore, they could damage the fragile placenta or rip the umbilical cord, causing a fatal hemorrhage. Perhaps even more deadly than the risk of accidental injury was the chance that a squirming baby might get stuck in a bad position in the uterus and be unable to slide out, thus killing herself and her mother.I'm convinced that the survival of our fetuses, and perhaps even the survival of our species, depended on this ancient calming reflex. Over millions of years, fetuses who became entranced by the sensations inside the uterus didn't thrash about and thus were most likely to stay alive. Our babies today are direct descendants of those "Zen" fetuses who were so easily pacified by the womb.The 5 "S's": Five Steps to Turn On Your Baby's Calming ReflexHow is a vacuum cleaner like a lullaby? How is a Volvo like a flannel blanket? They all help switch on your baby's calming reflex by imitating some quality of your womb.Although our ancient ancestors intuitively understood how to turn off their baby's crying and turn on their baby's calming, recognition of the calming reflex itself remained completely overlooked until I identified it during the mid-1990s while studying the characteristics of hundreds of crying babies in my practice.I was struck by the fact that many traditional baby-calming methods failed to work unless they were done exactly right. I realized that, similar to a doctor setting off a knee reflex with a precise whack of a little hammer, the calming reflex could only be triggered by certain very specific actions. When presented correctly, however, the sounds and feelings of the womb had such a powerful effect that they could carry an infant from tears to tranquillity, sometimes even in mid-cry.Parents and grandparents traditionally have used five different characteristics of the womb to soothe their babies. I refer to these time-honored "ingredients" of calm as the 5 "S's":Swaddling-tight wrappingSide/Stomach-lying a baby on her side or stomachShushing-loud white noiseSwinging-rhythmic, jiggly motionSucking-sucking on anything from your nipple or finger to a pacifierThese five methods are extremely effective but only when performed exactly right. When done without the right technique and vigor, they do nothing. (Detailed descriptions of how to perform each "S" are in chapters 8 through 12.)The Cuddle Cure: Combining the 5 "S's" into a Perfect Recipe for Your Baby's BlissYou don't have to be a rocket scientist to be a terrific parent, but there are some little tricks that can help you do your job better. Most infant-care books list these calming tips, but that's as unhelpful as listing the ingredients of a recipe without giving the instructions for how to combine and cook them.Each individual "S" may be effective for soothing a mildly fussy baby. Your "easy" baby may only need to suck or to be danced around the room in order to be calmed. However, doing all five together can switch on the calming reflex so strongly that, for many babies, they become an irresistibly soothing force for even the most frantic newborn. This layering of one "S" on top of another is so successful at making unhappy babies feel cozy and calm that one of my patients dubbed it "the Cuddle Cure."

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"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., member, Board of Directors, Lamaze International "There is nothing quite like watching Dr. Harvey work wonders on a screaming baby. He’s not a pediatrician, he’s a magician. Every time I bring my kids in to see him, I walk out wishing he was their father." —Larry David, star of Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-creator of Seinfeld "The Happiest Baby on the Block is fun, fascinating and convincing. I highly recommend it to all new parents to help them accomplish one of their most important jobs…soothing their crying baby." -Elisabeth Bing, author and co-founder of Lamaze International "Simply put, this is the best book I've ever read about keeping babies calm and happy. It is a must for everyone who cares about infants." -William Lord Coleman, MD, Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, author of Family-Focused Behavioral Pediatrics "Dr. Karp’s practical approach is a superb way to help babies when they are crying or upset. All who care for children will gain greatly from this new addition to our parenting library." -- Steven P. Shelov, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, Maimonides, editor-in-chief, American Academy of Pediatrics Caring for Your New Baby and Young Child: Birth to Five "This beautifully written volume meets a tremendous need for a scientifically sound and effective parent guide to the care of persistently crying babies. Dr. Karp has written the best book that I've read on this challenging topic." -Morris Green, M.D., Perry W. Lesh Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine "Dr. Karp's 'Cuddle Cure' is quite simply the best way I know to calm crying babies." -Stanley Inkelis, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Hospital "Dr. Karp's book is extraordinary. The advice contained in this book, will make any parent, or grandparent, feel like a baby expert." —Neal Kaufman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor Of Pediatrics, UCLA School Of Medicine, Director Primary Care Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center "The 'Karp Wrap’ can stop a baby’s cries instantly!" —Lynn Sullivan, RN, Director, Newborn Nursing Services, SM-UCLA Hospital "Dr. Karp was exactly the doctor to see us through parenthood. He has the magic touch – not just with babies, but with new parents too." —Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan, screenwriters of Matilda, Reversal of Fortune and Practical Magic "I wish I had known Dr. Karp for my first two children. With the soothing, loving tips in this book, caring for my two most recent babies has been a dream." —Hunter Tylo, actress/founder of Hunter’s Chosen Child "Dr. Karp is simply the best. Any time a problem pops up in our children, he guides us with warmth, wisdom and humor. And that helps us sleep better at night." —Jerry Zucker, director of Airplane, Ghost, and Rat Race "Harvey Karp’s enlightened and creative approach has been a benefit not only to our children, but to my wife and me as parents." —Kristen and Lindsey Buckingham, photographer and singer-songwriter, Fleetwood Mac "Harvey Karp would make my Big Mama proud! He is leading us back to ages old basics, back to motherwit." —Alfre Woodard, actress