Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep (Book Review)

I will be honest here, I have been blessed with a good sleeper. Kennedy has had few problems with sleep, and she currently sleeps through the night, from about 7 p.m. til 7 a.m. I know, you’re thinking, “I hate you.” So obviously me reviewing a sleep book is something I should do, right?

No, but in all seirousness, I have read a ton of sleep books since Kennedy was born. She has had a few problems here and there, and each and every time she has had a problem, I scour my books. I’ve been very interested in the science behind sleep, and all of the sleep training methods for babies. By choice, I do not prefer the Cry It Out (CIO) or sleep training methods, although there have been a few nights that we have had to resort to that when nothing else has worked. Generally, what has worked for us is to establish a sleep routine and stick to it, so she knows to expect it every night at the same time.
While I am generally happy about how well Kennedy’s sleep patterns are currently going, there is always room for me to learn, especially for the years to come. One2One Network recently sent me a copy of a new sleep book that was just released that covers a broad age range! I present to you:

Dr. Harvey Karp’s
happiest baby guide to great sleep
 
I enjoyed Dr. Karp’s first book (and DVD) The Happiest Baby on the Block, which was full of very helpful soothing techniques for newborns. We applied many of them to Kennedy with much success. Naturally, I trust Dr. Karp and I was excited to read this next book. What interested me in this book was that it covered from birth to five years. General topics that this book cover are:
– How to train brand new babies to sleep better
– What’s the best white noise (and which worsen sleep)
– Why parents should wake a sleeping baby (not necessarily one I agree with but I understand why)
– How to enjoy the benefits – and avoid the risks – of swaddling
– The importance of powering down
I skipped the first part of the book that focuses on newborn and infant sleep, simply because it didn’t apply to us at this time, although I plan on going back to it if we have another baby. I focused on reading the toddler part, which I found very helpful. I enjoyed the different parts on teaching patience and good behavior during the day really impacts a toddler’s sleep at night. Very worthwhile information. I want to work on being able to put Kennedy down without having to hold/rock her for a few minutes, and I found a couple of different things that I think would help with that. Especially the idea of a lovey and white noise.

I definitely recommend checking this book out if you have an infant through five years old. There are many different points that apply to young children of all ages.

Please note: 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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