April 13, 2013

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep Book Review

As first time parents we purchased The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD before our daughter was born. It was pure brilliance and worked amazingly well for us. The 5 S's worked to calm our baby almost every time. Since we were so successful with it I'm excited to have had the opportunity to receive Harvey Karp M.D.'s latest book, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep from Harper Collins to review as part of a One2One Network blogging promotion. I really enjoy receiving new things to try and sharing my review and opinions with my readers, family and friends.

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years is full of tips and tricks to help both you and your little one get some Zzzzzzs. It was helpful to understand the science behind sleep. I had no idea before reading that my sleep cycles differed so much from my daughter's. This really made sense and gave explanation for some of our troubles.

Although I am past the new baby phase (well for now at least) I do have occasional sleep issues with my daughter. In addition to the night time issues we have recently been experiencing nap time drama. Over the past year we had stopped using a white noise source which may have added to the issues. We need to add another layer behind our daughter's blackout curtains to further darken her room. Although we have not had a change to read or see The Happiest Toddler On The Block, a lot of the tips and techniques are included in this new book from Dr. Karp. We are using the toddler suggestions and have been seeing great results.

This book is great for not only new parents and those with children under 5 but especially for expectant parents. I really think these tips would be useful for prevention of unnecessary sleep deprivation. There were times when our daughter slept reclined and swaddled in her swing, with a paci in addition to my iPod playing white noise and you know what...it worked. Maybe it wasn't conventional but we got much needed rest and so did she. There is also a lot of useful information on bed sharing (which we didn't do, but we did have our daughter in a bassinet in our bedroom) and SIDS risk factors and prevention.

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep retails for $15.99. For more information about visit the Happiest Baby website or you can also read Dr. Harvey Karp's bio. Do you have any great tips or tricks for helping your little one get to sleep and stay asleep? I would love to hear them.

Here is to a good night's sleep!

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.


  1. I could have used this book when my daughter was a baby! Thankfully, she's a great sleeper now at age 3.

  2. Oh how I wish I had this resource when my daughter was a baby. She didn't sleep for the first 4 years of her life (literally!)

  3. Okay, honestly, we just have a family bed. It's worked with 5 kids over 12 years and saved my life with breastfeeding at night!

  4. Sounds like a great tip! My son wasn't a very good sleeper but at 15 months we decided to start co-sleeping and he's been sleeping perfectly ever since.

  5. I lived by the Happiest Baby on the Block video my hospital had me watch in the room...the 4 S's! This is a great book!

  6. This would be perfect for my sister in law.

  7. Sounds like a great book! We need all the help we can get with sleep

  8. This sounds like a good book to keep in mind.


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