The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Dr. Karp is an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine and in private practice in California.  I only wish I had discovered this book in the first three months after my baby was born.  Having read it since, (when it was too late), it gives you one of those – ‘it’s so obvious I should have thought of that’ moments.

He likens the first three months of birth to the ‘fourth trimester’ and suggests that one of the reasons some babies cry or are fitful sleepers is because the world into which they have been born is so different from the time spent in the womb.  His suggestions are based on trying to create a similar environment.  Such things include sound, movement, access to food/milk (sucking) and space and position.  Personally I can see the merit in an approach like this and I’m sure any baby would benefit from the calming techniques suggested here.

As always, I would advocate reading and trying a selection of different theories for the circumstances that arise, but I think Dr. Karp’s book would be a very useful tool in the arsenal.

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