Happiest Baby on the Block, the Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002
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From the Back Cover
"A must read! Dr. Karp offers insights into parenting by combining ancient and modern wisdom. Our baby boy responded to the 5 Ss immediately!" --Keely and Pierce Brosnan, TV journalist/environmentalist and actor
"Harvey writes about areas that most parenting books dont address. What every mother needs are simple tools that really work . . . and Harveys do." Michelle Pfeiffer, actress/producer
"A witty and masterful book bursting with wisdom from start to finish. It contains some of the best, most original ideas about new babies I have ever seen. Dr. Karp entertains as he teaches, providing wonderful and innovative suggestions in a family-friendly way." James McKenna, Ph.D., chairman, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, and director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory
"What a marvelous book! Parents for years to come will be grateful to Dr. Karp for this lucid and entertaining explanation of why babies cry and how to help them." Martin Stein, M.D., Professor of pediatrics, University of California, San Diego Medical School, author of Encounters with Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development
"Harvey Karp is the type of pediatrician that every parent would want. His experience is beyond compare and his ability to relate to parents is impressive. The Happiest Baby on the Block has the perfect solutions for helping parents grow and thrive . . . along with their babies." Sandra Apgar Steffes, R.N., M.S., member, Board of Directors, Lamaze International
"There is nothing quite like watching Dr. Harvey work wonders on a screaming baby. Hes not a pediatrician, hes a magician. Every time I bring my kids in to see him, I walk out wishing he was their father." Larry David, star of Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-creator of Seinfeld
"The Happiest Baby on the Block is fun, fascinating and convincing. I highly recommend it to all new parents to help them accomplish one of their most important jobs soothing their crying baby." -Elisabeth Bing, author and co-founder of Lamaze International
"Simply put, this is the best book I've ever read about keeping babies calm and happy. It is a must for everyone who cares about infants." -William Lord Coleman, MD, Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, author of Family-Focused Behavioral Pediatrics
"Dr. Karps practical approach is a superb way to help babies when they are crying or upset. All who care for children will gain greatly from this new addition to our parenting library." -- Steven P. Shelov, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Infants and Childrens Hospital of Brooklyn, Maimonides, editor-in-chief, American Academy of Pediatrics Caring for Your New Baby and Young Child: Birth to Five
"This beautifully written volume meets a tremendous need for a scientifically sound and effective parent guide to the care of persistently crying babies. Dr. Karp has written the best book that I've read on this challenging topic." -Morris Green, M.D., Perry W. Lesh Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
"Dr. Karp's 'Cuddle Cure' is quite simply the best way I know to calm crying babies." -Stanley Inkelis, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Hospital
"Dr. Karp's book is extraordinary. The advice contained in this book, will make any parent, or grandparent, feel like a baby expert." Neal Kaufman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor Of Pediatrics, UCLA School Of Medicine, Director Primary Care Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
"The 'Karp Wrap can stop a babys cries instantly!" Lynn Sullivan, RN, Director, Newborn Nursing Services, SM-UCLA Hospital
"Dr. Karp was exactly the doctor to see us through parenthood. He has the magic touch not just with babies, but with new parents too." Robin Swicord and Nicholas Kazan, screenwriters of Matilda, Reversal of Fortune and Practical Magic
"I wish I had known Dr. Karp for my first two children. With the soothing, loving tips in this book, caring for my two most recent babies has been a dream." Hunter Tylo, actress/founder of Hunters Chosen Child
"Dr. Karp is simply the best. Any time a problem pops up in our children, he guides us with warmth, wisdom and humor. And that helps us sleep better at night." Jerry Zucker, director of Airplane, Ghost, and Rat Race
"Harvey Karps enlightened and creative approach has been a benefit not only to our children, but to my wife and me as parents." Kristen and Lindsey Buckingham, photographer and singer-songwriter, Fleetwood Mac
"Harvey Karp would make my Big Mama proud! He is leading us back to ages old basics, back to motherwit." Alfre Woodard, actress --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Harvey Karp, M.D., has perfected his approach to crying babies during his twenty-five years of experience as a pediatrician and child development specialist. Trained by some of America’s top pediatricians, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, in 1981 Dr. Karp received the prestigious Ehrmann Fellowship to study crying and colic. Dr. Karp is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, with a private practice in Santa Monica. He is also a nationally renowned expert on children’s health and the environment and an authority on breastfeeding. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
It should be called `The Happiest Newborn Baby on the Block', because it does only apply to the first twelve weeks. Experts agree that human babies are born after nine months because that is as long as they can go without risking the big human brain getting stuck in the pelvis on delivery. Harvey Karp's central idea is that, because of this, we need to create a "fourth trimester" outside the womb to comfort our babies until they are finally `ready to be born' at birth plus three months (what he charmingly describes as 'womb service').
Karp's own research led him to identify what he calls `The Calming Reflex' in unborn babies. It is a certain combination of sensations that instantly calms a baby and prevents it from harming itself (or the mother) inside the womb by getting caught in the umbilical cord or flailing limbs about in distress.
Karp's 5S technique recreates these sensations, causing the Calming Reflex to kick in and soothe a screaming, colicky baby. His theory is further backed up by anecdotes from several `primitive' cultures that don't experience colic in their babies because they don't adhere to modern western parenting techniques.
The ideas stacked up for me in theory and they certainly work like magic in practice. By systematically doing Swaddle, Side, Shhh, Swinging and Sucking I can calm our baby, when he's in full blown convulsing, screaming colic mode in about 15-30 seconds. As Karp predicted, it took a couple of minutes initially, but, as our son has got used to the routine, a kind of Pavolvian response means it now works virtually instantly.
For Dads especially, Karp's techniques are great. They require "vigour", which he recognises Dads tend to be able to do more confidently than Mums (eg: Shhh-ing loudly like the most irritated librarian rather than like a Grandmother).
As a committed follower of Gina Ford's `Contented Little Baby' routines (which worked brilliantly for us first time and second time), I really liked how this book complemented Gina Ford's approach and encouraged me to cuddle and soothe my son to sleep, rather than let him settle himself in his cot.
Harvey Karp's book is simple advice, based on thousands of years of child-rearing folklore that works wonders.
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