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“Exhaustion is no longer the fate of all new parents. Now babies and toddlers—and their parents —can sleep better and longer thanks to Dr. Karp’s practical advice and wisdom.” (Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post)

“This book is a breakthrough! Poor sleep doesn’t just cause exhaustion; it even triggers obesity - of children and parents! With ingenuity and insight Dr. Karp reveals simple steps to boost sleep...and promote the health of the entire family.” (Francine Kaufman, MD, past-president American Diabetes Association, author of Diabesity)

“What a great job! Dr. Karp weaves together modern science and ancient wisdom to dispel common sleep myths. His simple, clear advice will help your little one sleep through the night.” (Gary Freed, DO, FAAP, FACOP, Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, Emory University School of Medicine)

“If you’re starting to feel ‘sleep’ only exists in a dictionary, then this book was written for you! America’s #1 pediatrician can help turn your nightly stress into glorious rest.” (Laurie David, Mom, Producer - An Inconvenient Truth, Author - The Family Dinner)

“I learned more about kids’ sleep from this book than in my entire thirty years of practice. Dr. Karp’s great advice will make you the happiest parents on the block!” (Harley Rotbart, MD, Professor, Vice Chair of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado, author of No Regrets Parenting)

“Dr. Karp’s white noise advice is incredibly helpful for boosting sleep. I recommend it to my patients...and even use it with my own children! (Ian Paul, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Penn State College of Medicine)

“Dr. Karp is a parenting hero! His Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep would have helped tremendously when I was an exhausted new mom. It’s a must have resource for all families.” (Jane Honikman, MS, Founder Postpartum Support International)

“Sleep deprivation often pushes moms into postpartum depression. Dr. Karp’s fabulous new book is at the top of my list to help all new parents get the sleep they need to stay healthy and enjoy this precious time of life.” (Lucy Puryear, MD, Medical Director, The Women's Place: Center for Reproductive Psychiatry, Texas Children's Hospital, President, Postpartum Support International)

Amazing! Dr. Karp has done it again! With wit and wisdom he reveals the simple steps to get precious extra hours of rest. This remarkable book will have your babies and toddlers sleeping in no time! (Roni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Dean, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, Nova Southeastern UniversityRoni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Dean, Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, Nova Southeastern UniversityRoni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Dean, Mail)

“Mixing good science—with a welcome dose of humor—this once-in-a-generation sleep book will strengthen your skills and lower your stress.” (Jetta Bernier, Executive Director, Massachusetts Citizens for Children)

Once again, Dr. Karp saves parent sanity (and rescues relationships). With his trademark smart, fast-acting advice, he’ll help your child - and you - sleep better and longer! (Kyle Pruett, MD, Professor, Yale School of Medicine, co-author, Partnership Parenting)

“When your little child sleeps well...life just seems happier. Dr. Karp’s unique and gentle ideas may be exactly what you’ve been dreaming of!” (Diane Debrovner, deputy editor, Parents magazine)

What a gift! Dr. Karp (once again) makes things so easy. You’ll reconnect with the miracle of sleep faster than you can imagine...and you’ll be the dad - and husband - you really want to be. It works! (Matt Goldman, Co-Founder- Blue Man Group and Blue School)

Finally, everything you need to know about sleep is all in one book! The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep shows how to get a good night’s sleep...without all the tears. It’s a must-read for sleep-deprived parents! (Jennifer Shu, MD, pediatrician, co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality)

Dr. Karp rescues weary parents with great ideas that flip conventional wisdom right on its head! His fresh insights will help turn your bedtime screamer...into a champion sleeper. (Harold Koplewicz, MD, Founder and President, Child Mind Institute)

Exhausted parents will warmly welcome Karp’s encouraging tone and innovative, think-outside-the-crib solutions. (Publishers Weekly)

From the Back Cover

Dr. Harvey Karp is famous for his brilliant insights into centuries-old parenting problems and for discovering breakthrough solutions that are simple . . . practical . . . and fast working. In The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, he works his magic once again on the #1 complaint of new parents. The bone-deep fatigue that parents experience when their children sleep poorly is not just a nuisance—it is very serious. Sleep deprivation can provoke depression, illness, marital conflict, and even obesity.

A flood of sleep misinformation and contradictory messages have left parents more confused than ever: “Hold your baby—but don’t spoil her!” “Swaddle your baby—but don’t let him get dependent on it!” Based on Dr. Karp’s thirty years as a pediatrician and child developmentalist, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep reveals groundbreaking new ideas to prevent or cure most sleep problems in children under five years old, including:

  • How to adjust a baby’s schedule to reduce day sleep and boost night sleep within the very first weeks of life.
  • How to use sleep cues like swaddling and a special type of womb sound to help any infant sleep an extra one to two hours at night within just days.
  • How to defuse bedtime struggles and help your toddler fall asleep faster using a novel sleep training approach called twinkle interruptus.

Plus, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep reveals many more foolproof tips used by Dr. Karp with thousands of families to quickly turn nighttime shrieks into nightlong slumber.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062113313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062113313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harvey Karp, MD., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica. Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp is a nationally renowned expert in child development, children's health and the environment, and breast-feeding. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.

For further information and for information about the award-winning The Happiest Baby DVD/video and The Happiest Toddler DVD/video, please visit www.thehappiestbaby.com

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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Q on August 13, 2012
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Having read both of Dr. Karp's other offerings and found them useful, I bought this book when my son was 22 months and being a complete P in the A about going to bed. I wish I could say that this book covered new ground, but if you have read the other two Happiest books, there is not much new here. A good portion of the book is dedicated to helping babies settle down and sleep using the 5S method, which is already extensively covered in "Happiest Baby." Don't get me wrong, the 5S method works, but if you're looking for something else, you won't find it. The same with the toddler portion - if you read "Happiest Toddler," you are already familiar with the techniques. This book would be a great gift for a parent who isn't already familiar with Dr. Karp's books, but it is a retread of old ground.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 1, 2012
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We had a fussy newborn who SCREAMED when sleeping alone...so, we let her sleep in our bed and nurse on demand (i.e., whenever she woke up) throughout the night. The problem was that we never got her out of our bed and she STILL, at 17 months, woke up 6-10 times per night to nurse herself back to sleep (which means so did I!). We are expecting another baby in January, so we needed her to sleep in her own bed, and most importantly, to sleep through the night.

Because she had learned such bad habits, I was convinced we would have to do cry it out all night long. I was against this idea, especially because she is so old and remembers so much from her day. The Happiest Baby provided an alternative option, even for an older child with TERRIBLE sleep habits. After reading this book, we made the following helpful changes:

1: White noise: amazing! my daughter is a light sleeper so this really helps drown out the noise. I can even do the dishes when she sleeps without waking her (I was never able to before)

2. Lovey and a nightlight: we didn't use either before, so we bought Twilight Turtle based on a friend's recommendation. LOVE IT and recommend it. We put it in her crib so that she can turn it on whenever she needs it.

3: Later bedtime: moved from 7:30 to 8:00; made a huge difference!

4: Longer and longer: Using this approach, my daughter still cried a little but it's not as cruel as cry it out

5: Suggestions from Happiest Toddler on the Block

My daughter had NEVER slept in her crib and hadn't learned to put herself back to sleep, so I thought the transition to the crib was going to be HORRIBLE But...it wasn't. The first night, she woke up only 3 times and fell asleep after 5, 10, and 5 minutes.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Adelsberger on January 2, 2014
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I was very resistant to considering sleep training. I believe in attachment parenting although I am certainly not an extremist. My son was 10 mo old when I purchased this book and I did so b/c he was waking 6-8 times a night and I was concerned about his quality/quantity of sleep for his health/development. So I read this book and my on was sleeping through the night in 2-3 weeks. Harvey Karp gives you many gentle tips to promote sleep in your little person that were not sleep training. There are so many tips that I cannot remember them all so you will have to read the book. But I did the white noise, dark room, adjusting bed time, coming up with a consistent bed time routine, "dream feeding," "wake and sleep," identifying sleep cues, attachment to a "lovey," ... I did all of these things plus more that I know I am forgetting for 2-2.5weeks and I still wasn't getting anywhere with my son. So I started the plan for sleep training. Harvey laid out many different ways to do this and his approach was gentle. But I can tell you if I didn't try those 2-2.5 weeks, the thought of sleep training would still have had a negative connotation in my mind. So knowing that I tried everything that I could made the idea of sleep training soooooo much easier and actual made sleep training way more bearable. Sleep training was cake actually. It took my son 3 nights and he slept through the night. The first night was the hardest. He cried 3 times and they lasted 15-50 min each. The second night it was 3 times as well but lasted 2-45 min and the third night he didnt wake up at all. He just cried for 2-3 min at the start. Then for the next few days he did the same. Then after that I could put him in his crib awake but tired and no crying. And when I say crying, it was mostly "fussing." Hope this helps a lot of people. I read this book a year ago but I felt compelled to spread the word.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2015
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Ok. This book made me cry. Not sad tears, but tears of relief and appreciation.

See I am a Buddhist when it comes to child rearing. Or Goldilocks. I think there are interesting ideas and points in the extremes, but from a totally practical place extreme ideas never get implemented in my life. I am not an all or nothing kind of girl. I cannot be touching my baby 24/7 cause Mama's got to pee--and let's face it: the times I try to pee and hold a 7 week old squirming to be fed were never the smartest moments of my young mama life! I also HATE hearing her cry. I know she wants me to understand something. Just WTF it is can blow my mind sometimes. (That's where the "this is what this grimace means" charts in the Baby Whisperer books came in totally handy!)

Dr. Karp's book is a book of the middle way. There is no extreme here. There is gentle child-centered/parent respecting counsel. There are a lot of ideas for you to work with. You find your own path for your own child. Sure, he can be repetitive, but the book was not made to read cover to cover in one sitting (even if Type A Mama Me did). Who cares! I am too tired to remember everything as it is. And talking about why we go crazy when we are sleep deprived from our kiddos really helped me offer myself some more grace.

But ultimately what made me cry was the respect he shows children. His toddler ideas--which are over a year away for us to implement--were right at the level of a toddler's mind and understanding, while still empowering parents to gently guide their kiddos towards healthy sleep habits that help the whole family.

A quick note for any parents with highly spirited little ones: We found that his companion CD worked well the first 6 weeks of our girl's life, but then it was a bust.
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