Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

23 Apr

Now, how many of you are mom’s?

How many of you have a baby?

Are there any moms out there like me who wish that when their child was younger they actually slept well?  <raises my hand high>

For all of those that are new or newer moms and are still trying to figure out the key to getting your baby to sleep, the wait is over, check out the new book by nationally celebrated pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp.   He wrote the new book that shares experience and insight on the number one problem of parents nowadays – sleep.  By reading this book and looking up online information I am finding out that Dr. Karp is very passionate about the role swaddling the right way can help a baby 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),

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years is amazing.  As many of you know I am blessed to be living with a little girl who will be four soon.  I am pretty lucky as she is a quick sleeper and goes to sleep quite soundly for 10+ hours each night.  Now, almost 15 years ago, I came home with a premature child who weighed in below four pounds and while she did sleep well, she didn’t sleep as well as I knew she could.

I never mastered the art of swaddling.  It was just something that was beyond my reach and when I did try it, my daughter looked more like a caterpillar in a cocoon than a baby who needed sleep.  I am shocked to see that some states are banning, yes banning, swaddling.  This interview/video with Dr. Sanjay Gupta was great in debunking the myth that swaddling is bad.

Parents.com is getting in on the fun by talking about swaddling as well.

Proper sleep is not only important for children so that they can perform at their peak, but for us as parents as well so that our health is maintained and we aren’t becoming cranky, irritable or sick because we are up half the night trying to care for a child who just can’t get to sleep.

I was always taught to make sure the babies room is silent and that you spend your afternoon/evening being silent so that you are careful to not wake the baby.  What is interesting in this book is that it shares with the readers what noises are good for the baby, and us too, to get a good nights sleep.

Something that the book talked about that I am HUGE culprit of is powering down at night.  I am so guilty of having that iPhone next to me, checking it when I barely wake up in the middle of the night, listening to it vibrate, coping with the TV on at night and being on my computer right up until bedtime.  Nowadays you even read books on computers, so what are you left to do?  Bottom line is you need to power down and enjoy the benefits of a better nights sleep for everyone involved.

Dr. Karp is the world’s leading baby and toddler expert.  He has been a pediatric and child development specialist for 30+ years and is an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Medicine.  He is a pediatrician to the stars and had produced many books and DVD’s that are useful and practical.

Dr. Karp has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS News, Dr. Oz, The View, Today Show, USA Today, People, Time and so many more.

I am beyond using a lot of tips in this book ( I now know why the kids like being “tucked in” at night, but I did learn a lot and was able to pick up some great tips on my sleep and how I can work to make sure that our kids (14, 7 & 3) get better sleep as well.

(“I am participating in a book review campaign with One2One Network. I received this book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it. I have not received compensation. My participation in the campaign enters me into a drawing for a gift card. All opinions stated are my own.”)

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