The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block

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By (author) Harvey MD Karp

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  • Publisher: Bantam USA
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 13mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0553381466
  • ISBN 13: 9780553381467
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,172

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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.

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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."

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By Kay 28 Aug 2011 5

An amazing book. It gives you a great insight into how a newborn is seeing and feeling in this new world they have entered, along with great suggestions of how to make them feel more content and relaxed. I do recommend this book to family and friends and would say it is a must have! I wish I had bought and read this book before I had my son, however despite getting it when my son was 2.5 months old I found it still helped.

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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 ofn

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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 Hardcover edition.