My husband always prided himself on having the gentlest, even magical touch when soothing our crying babies. And, to his credit, he was a lot more successful at it than I was. But for those of you who may be feeling frustrated by this perhaps most challenging of early childcare obstacles, I offer you this excellent and highly-acclaimed book.
Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician in Santa Monica, California, and assistant professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, offers this great book describing a new method to calm and soothe crying infants.
While nursing or being held satisfies some babies, others seemingly cry for hours for no reason. These babies suffer from what Dr. Karp calls the Fourth Trimester. When you bring your soft, dimpled newborn home from the hospital, you may think your nursery is a peaceful sanctuary. To him, it’s a disorienting world part Las Vegas casino, part dark closet!
Dr. Karp recommends a series of five steps designed to imitate the uterus. These steps include swaddling, side/stomach position, shhh sounds, swinging and sucking. The book includes detailed advice on the proper way to swaddle a child, the difference between a gentle rocking versus shaking and more. According to the author, virtually all babies will respond to these strategies although some trial and error may be needed to find the most effective calming method.
A number of the steps letting kids nurse more frequently or encouraging babies to use pacifiers, for instance contradict other childcare experts. However, parents who are at their wits’ ends because of a baby’s incessant crying will find this book invaluable. In fact, expectant parents may want to read it before they bring their newborns home from the hospital. — From Publishers Weekly
“Karp offers a unique approach to the tantrums, melt-downs and overriding challenges that often accompany the demanding years from one to four…. Soothing and offers new hope and strategies to those who may have given up on making sense of the toddler years.”â€”Publishers Weekly
“You want help? This is r-e-a-l help! The Happiest Toddler on the Block is one of the smartest parenting books of the past decade.Â Over and over, parents will find themselves proclaiming, ‘Thanks, Dr. Karpâ€¦Now I get it!’”â€”Kyle Pruett, MD, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and author of Fatherneed: Why Fathercare is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child
“Dr. Karp’s approach is terrific…and fun! His book will help parents, grandparents and everyone who cares for toddlers be more effective.”â€”Martin Stein, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, Children’s Hospital San Diego
“Dr. Karp helps parents turn the ‘terrible’ twos into ‘terrific’ twos. His work will revolutionize the way our culture understands toddlers!”â€”Roni Cohen Leiderman, PhD, Associate Dean, Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies, Nova Southeastern University
“Dr. Karp has done it again! Parents will find reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block a joyous adventureâ€¦with pearls of wisdom waiting for them on every page.”â€”Morris Green, MD, Director, Behavioral Pediatrics, Indiana University, Riley Hospital for Children, editor, Pediatric Diagnosis
“Dr. Karp’s excellent approach gives parents the tools they need. His simple methods make raising rambunctious toddlers a whole lot easier.”â€”Steven Shelov, MD, Editor in chief of American Academy of Pediatricsâ€™ Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
“Dr. Karpâ€™s new book is an innovative, unique and thoroughly enjoyable guide to toddler behavior!” â€”Donald Middleton, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“Parents will be delighted by this clever approach to communicating with toddlers. It allows us to see the world from our children’s unique point of view.”â€”Janet Serwint, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Harriet Lane Childrenâ€™s Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine