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I had never heard of The Happiest Baby on the Block until I was in my third trimester. My doctor’s office required all expectant parents to attend a third trimester class that was lead by a nurse. One of the things the nurse talked about was The Happiest Baby way and the classes for it that were offered. It sounded very interesting and helpful, but it was a bit of a drive from where we lived, and having just moved we didn’t have much extra cash lying around, so I didn’t pursue it. I didn’t even think about it again until Nick was born. In the hospital the nurses laughed about the fact that Nick seemed to be the textbook example of a Happiest Baby on the Block, and that never changed. We swaddled him until he was too big for it, for the first six months he refused to sleep anywhere but in one of his swings (with it swinging of course), he still uses his Sleep Sheep for white noise, and Heaven help us if we find ourselves with out a pacifier. When One2One offered me a chance to review the newest book by Dr. Harvey Karp, MD (The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep) I jumped at it.
I don’t like to brag (OK maybe just a little bit), but Nick has always been a really good sleeper. By five weeks old he was easily sleeping from about ten to seven and would only wake up once for a feeding around midnight. His great sleep wasn’t a fluke either. Of course he had the bad nights when he was sick or teething, but Nick was a good sleeper. The kid has spoiled me in so many ways. What I found from reading this book is that the reason he was such a good sleeper was because Jason and I did a great job of sleep training him. Almost everything we did goes hand in hand with the suggestions made in this book!
The book is set up so that you can jump to the section that your little one is in (0-3 months, 3-12 months, and 1-5 years). Even though the first two sections no longer effected me I wanted to read the whole book, and I am so glad I did because I have learned a lot. Not only about Nick’s sleep, but about mine as well. I honestly enjoyed the book so much that I had a hard time putting it down because it was so interesting.
There were many parts that taught me a lot, but one part blew my mind. I the book Dr. Karp points out that you’ll have an easier time getting your little one to sleep when you understand their personality type. He then describes the different types, and he describes them for each age range. For a very long time I have described Nick as cautious. He’s always been the type of kid that pays attention and works things out before he does something, and cautious is the best way to describe it. Dr. Karp has a description for cautious kids and it was Nick exactly. Honestly it was as if they had studies Nick and then described him because it was that on the money. If I didn’t already respect Dr. Karp’s opinions that would have been all it took. To know my little guy’s personality that well proves to me that he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
I didn’t have this book when Nick was an infant, but we did almost exactly what Dr. Karp suggests and I’m here to tell you it works. When I would tell people that my infant was sleeping through the night a lot of them would be shocked and say that their preschooler wasn’t even sleeping through the night. As the mother of an almost two year old I want to slump over in exhaustion just from the thought! We’re in a bit of a sleep conundrum now as Nick is sadly starting to slowly give up naps. His behavior is exactly what Dr. Karp says you’ll see when they start giving them up too. My little boy is truly growing up.
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep
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.
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.