Disclosure: Recently, I was given the opportunity to review The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep written by Harvey Karp, M.D. by the One2One Network. I received the book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it and I get entered into a drawing for a gift card. I’m not getting paid for my opinions–although I wish I was!
First, I should say that before Xander was born Paul and I bought and read The Happiest Baby on the Block also written by Harvey Karp and loved it. He goes through the “5 S’s” which do include swaddling–much to my grandparents’ dismay, and I credit Xander being such an easy baby to us implementing several of Karp’s ideas. So, when I was offered to review this book on sleep solutions I jumped at the chance–Xander all the sudden not sleeping so well probably had a little to do with it also!
A lot of what’s in the book we’ve already done–mostly because we followed a lot of his practices from reading the original book. (Ex: white noise, setting a routine, etc.) I am, however, starting to implement several of his “toddler” strategies from this book, such as “toddler-ese”, “magic breathing”, and “patience stretching” in our day to day life–not just at nighttime. I won’t say that the book has completely solved our bed time woes because over the last 20 months I’ve learned with every milestone they seem to pop back up, but it has given me a lot to process and it has also given me a lot more ideas about Xander’s night time wakings and what could be the root of them–hunger and teething aren’t the only possibilities!
A few things I love about this book: your little one doesn’t have to cry it out. This is a huge debate amongst parents and I love that this book lists multiple multiple ways to get your littles to sleep minus the crying war. (Which honestly it really does feel like an all out war to a hormonal mom–or maybe it just did to me!) I also love that not only does Karp give you strategies that will help get your littles to sleep, he also provides examples on how to use those same strategies throughout the day. We all know how much repetition can aid in dealing with our littles!!
In case you want more information, here’s the book description straight from the publisher’s website:
Finally, kids do come with instructions!
Surprisingly simple steps to boost your little child’s sleep fast!
Dr. Harvey Karp made doctors applaud and parents cheer with his brilliant solutions to centuries-old problems such as colic and tantrums. Now, in THE HAPPIEST BABY GUIDE TO GREAT SLEEP: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years (William Morrow Paperback; On-Sale: March 19, 2013; $15.99; ISBN: 9780062113320), Dr. Karp stuns the world again by solving the #1 problem plaguing new parents: exhaustion. Dr. Karp’s surprising insights include:
How to train brand new babies to sleep better: Infants can be taught to sleep at least one extra hour from the first weeks of life! Dr. Karp shows how to safely boost baby sleep in just days.
What’s the best white noise (and which ones worsen sleep): The right white noise (low pitched and rumbling) is the key to good sleep—even through teething—for all babies. Plus, it even gives parents a more restful sleep
Why parents should always wake a sleeping baby: For good sleep, babies must learn how to self-soothe. The best way to teach babies how to fall back to sleep—when they rouse in the middle of the night—is to wake them just as they’re being put into bed.
How to enjoy the benefits – and avoid the risks – of swaddling: Swaddling dramatically improves a new baby’s sleep. Yet, many states are shockingly banning this ancient parenting tool. Smart moms should do it and Dr. Karp will teach them how to do it properly and safely.
The importance of powering down: Staring at bright screens at night (TVs, computers, phones) can wreak a toddler and a parent’s sleep.
Easy “no-cry” tips that end infant and toddler bedtime struggles in just days!
With THE HAPPIEST BABY GUIDE TO GREAT SLEEP, no longer will new parent have to suffer months of sleep deprivation and no longer will babies have to cry themselves to sleep. Backed by compelling science, common sense and decades of experience, Dr. Karp’s landmark guide will revolutionize how millions of children drift off to dreamland.