Friday, April 26, 2013

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

As a parent, I know that I struggled with exhaustion when my children were young. There were countless nights of fussing, wanting to play, and just flat out fighting going to sleep. I am sure that most parents out there will say the same they had a similar experience. 

My newest challenge has a diagnosed sleep disorder, but before he was diagnosed, there was night after night of complete frustration. If was lucky, he might fall asleep for an hour or two and then wake up refreshed and ready to run. That meant that I was getting just a couple of hours of sleep each night, working, going to school, and then coming home to a wound up toddler. 

There is a new book out called The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, by Dr. Harvey Karp, that will provide parents simple solutions to getting your children to sleep. If you even wanted an instruction manual for your children, this is a good start. The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep will not stop temper tantrums or get your child to eat vegetables, but it will give you creative ways to get your child to sleep and help save a little of your sanity. 

Some information that you can gain from reading the book:

  • 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.

  • Easy "no-cry" tips that end infant and toddler bedtime struggles in just days! 

Disclosure: 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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