I am here to take a moment out of our standard blog to talk about a new book by Dr. Harvey Karp called "The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep." As a new dad I figured this is a must read book as we got Dr. Karp's other book "The Happiest Baby on the Block". Both books are written for parents to help read the signs of their newborns and on.
A little background on Dr. Harvey Karp, MD. He a award winning pediatrician and focuses on unparalleled knowledge, experience and insight on solving the number one concern for new parents, which is lack of sleep. He became a child development specialist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine. He completed med school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and worked at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. Besides working with thousands of patients in his practice he has also worked with superstars like Madonna Michelle Pfeiffer and Pierce Brosnan to soothe colic, boosting infant sleep, reducing tantrums and promoting patience to make a happy baby and parents.
The book is a great one to own as it has some very useful tips in it. Overall if you can only buy one book I recommend buying his first book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" as it has a more overall scope of what makes a baby happy. The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep expands on one or two chapters of the first book. As you are reading you will see several items that just make sense and are no brainers. With that said, there are several topics that he covers that make you look at the topic from another angle. Some such topics are how to train brand new babies to sleep better by teaching them to sleep an extra hour in the first weeks. He talks about what white noise machines are good and what to look for to avoid getting a bad white noise machine. One of the biggest and most important things I found in the book is the art of the Swaddle. Swaddling dramatically improves the baby's sleep as we have discovered with our new born baby. He will talks about the tips of correct and incorrect swaddling. Overall I think this is a great tool for any new parent and worth checking out. Its a quick and easy read so you can plow through it very fast or skim topics that interest you.
Get the book here at Amazon (about $12) or any major book dealer. Below are links from the author and other helpful info.
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep Site
Happiest Baby Website
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