My two boys were opposite sleepers when they were tiny. The youngest would only nap for 30 minutes at a time while my oldest slept 2 1/2 hours twice a day. At night they were far from the same as well, my oldest woke up to nurse every two hours and went to the bathroom every single time he ate. He was almost three before be slept 10 hours straight. My youngest slept 6 hours at once when he was a month old and was dry through the night most nights. Needless to say I learned between my two boys that teaching kids to sleep well isn't always an easy task. I read a bunch of books, tried advice from friends and finally found the way that worked for me.
Many of the books that I tried were not very helpful and I got tired of trying advice that didn't work. A few friends of mine had tried Harvey Karp's books and had great results. Therefore I was interested when I received the chance to review Harvey Karp's new book The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep from the One2One Network.
"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. 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.
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."
After reading the book here is a list of my pros and cons:
- Broken into age groups
- Crib Notes at the end of every chapter. Gives review of main points of emphasis from every chapter.
- Special situations section.
- Questions and answers that address unique situations.
- Doesn't address shared room situations (my two kids share a room and have a 2 1/2 year age difference).
- Doesn't address small living spaces where letting a child cry isn't necessarily an option.
- Doesn't address situations in which noise is very loud and white noise wouldn't be an option. Having grown up on a busy street (four lanes) the noise at night were very loud. My husband couldn't sleep when we went home to visit.
- Pre-school section is very short.
For more information go the following links:
- The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep site - http://bit.ly/ZUyHra
- Happiest Baby website - http://bit.ly/Yy14de
- Dr. Harvey Karp author bio - http://bit.ly/YdHHXP