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"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."—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. Over and over, parents will find themselves proclaiming, "Thanks, Dr. Karp…Now I get it! “—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."—Martin Stein, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, Children's Hospital
"Dr. Karp helps parents turn the "terrible" twos into "terrific" twos. His work will revolutionize the way our culture
understands toddlers!"—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 adventure…with pearls
of wisdom waiting for them on every page.”—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.”—Steven Shelov, MD, Editor in chief of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Baby and
“Dr. Karp’s new book is an innovative, unique and thoroughly enjoyable guide to toddler behavior!” —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."—Janet Serwint, Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Harriet Lane Children’s
Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"It really works! With great humor and a gentle touch, Dr. Karp shows how to raise happy, well-behaved toddlers. His
book is invaluable.—Gabrielle Redford, Senior Editor, AARP The Magazine (and mother of 17-month-old twins)
From the Inside Flap
In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary
treasure sought by parents for centuries --an automatic ?off-switch? for their baby?s crying.
No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to
superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy.
Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has
found there IS a remedy for colic. ?I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers
throughout history ?and I explain exactly how they work.?
In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom
to prove that newborns are not fully ready for the world when they are born. Through his research and experience, he has
developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing
·The Missing Fourth Trimester: as odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three
months too soon.
·The Calming Reflex: the automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life.
·The 5 ?S?s?: the simple steps (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) that trigger the
calming reflex. For centuries, parents have tried these methods only to fail because, as with a knee reflex, the calming
reflex only works when it is triggered in precisely the right way. Unlike other books that merely list these techniques
Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to do them, to guide cranky infants to calm and easy babies to serenity in
minutes?and help them sleep longer too.
·The Cuddle Cure: the perfect mix the 5 ?S?s? that can soothe even the most colicky of infants.
In the book, Dr. Karp also explains:
What is colic?
Why do most babies get much more upset in the evening?
How can a parent calm a baby--in mere minutes?
Can babies be spoiled?
When should a parent of a crying baby call the doctor?
How can a parent get their baby to sleep a few hours longer?
Even the most loving moms and dads sometimes feel pushed to the breaking point by their infant?s persistent cries.
Coming to the rescue, however, Dr. Karp places in the hands of parents, grandparents, and all childcare givers the tools
they need to be able to calm their babies almost as easily as?turning off a light.
From the Hardcover edition.
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