Monday, April 22, 2013

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep (Book Review)

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!

I was very excited to receive The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep!  I just had a baby five weeks ago and I am definitely sleep deprived.  With my first child I was able to sleep whenever she did.  But this is my third child and daytime naps for mom are now almost impossible.  I am lucky that my older two children do not have sleep problems but if yours do, this book offers solutions for children up to age five!

Dr. Karp starts the book with a little bit of background on sleep and then there are four sections depending on the age or needs of your child.  There is a section for birth to three months, three to twelve months, one to five years, and the last section is for naps and special situations.  Since my baby is five weeks old, the first section is where I started.  Dr. Karp recommends the 5 S's for new babies: Swaddling, Side/Stomach position when in your arms, Shushing, Swinging, and Sucking.  I can't wait to try out his ideas and start getting the extra sleep that I need.  This book is full of useful ideas so check it out and let me know if it works for you!

To find out more, check out The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep site.

This is a book review campaign sponsored by One2One Network. I received a copy of the book from Harper Collins for my review. I do not receive compensation but my participation in the campaign enters me into a drawing for a gift card. All opinions shared are my own.

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