My sister just hit her third trimester this week and we are all talking baby talk right about now. My son is really getting interested in his new cousin and he is talking to my sister’s tummy and asking when she is coming. He has hit a bit of a baby streak at home and wants to be cuddled and patted to go to sleep. It seems that my sister and I both need to learn how to get our children to sleep like a baby now!
Of course, if you have children, you know that the phrase “sleep like a baby” is quite deceiving. Babies are not known for being the best sleepers, but there are tips that many moms will give you to have a happy baby sleeper. I would love to hear some of your tips for having a great sleeper!
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep
Simple Solutions for kids from birth to 5 years
Did you know that sleep struggles are the number one behavioral complaint from parents? Did you know that one-third of toddlers fight bedtime and half still get up once a night?
A 2004 National Sleep Foundation poll found that millions of parents get less than 6 hours of sleep a night (1 in 5 of those with infants and 1 in 8 with toddler and preschoolers)!
Are you tired yet?! If you’re looking to learn more about sleep in general, sleep for your baby, how to improve sleep, this book can definitely help.
I learned about The Happiest Baby through my work with Child Protective Services. We have studied this series of books in terms of relieving crying and safe sleep. I knew that I would be interested to read what Dr. Karp had to say about sleep techniques so I was happy to review the book.
This book starts with the mechanics of sleep and lots of science. I have to say that I learned a lot about my own sleep habits from this, but I was happy to jump right from the science to the section of one to five year old sleep. Of course, I returned to the other sections to read them as well because (1) I’m still hoping to have another baby and (2) I’m planning to gift this book on to my little sister. She’s in momma reading mode right now so giving her a head start on the baby sleep techniques will be great for her!
Each section of the book has a list of Key Points at the beginning, preparing the reader for what they should learn through the reading. In the chapters are ideas and tips for better sleep, as well as facts to back it all up. There are also lists of myths and truths for the reader because we all know that when parenting questions come along, there are way too many answers from way too many sources. At the end of each section, there are also review points to remind the reader of the points made and make it simple in case the reader got lost in the details.
From the Publisher:
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, 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.
Harvey Karp, M.D., is a nationally celebrated pediatrician, child development specialist, and children’s environmental health advocate. He is on the faculty of the 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 breakthrough 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.
What tips do you have for parents to help their children “sleep like a baby”?
I am participating in a book review campaign with One2One Network. I received this book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it. I have not received compensation. All opinions stated are my own.