Being a first time mom you want to do everything right. It starts before your baby even arrives. You research the latest and greatest in products, you prepare the nursery, take prenatal classes, and you read, read, and read. Unfortunately, nothing can prepare you for motherhood. Once that baby comes, the sh*t hits the fan and everything you thought you knew is a distant memory.
I vividly remember my son's first few months of life. I distinctly remember the sleepless nights and the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. I suffered from sleep deprivation and postpartum depression. I remember being so tired one morning that I fell down the cement basement stairs and jacked up my back. I lied there, crying, weeping, and realized I needed help. Help from my significant other, help from my baby, and help from my doctor.
I read several books on sleep training. My Kindle was on fire with advice. I took bits of pieces from each one I read and found my own way and by 4 months of age, my son was sleeping through the night.
I recently came across The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep by Harvey Karp, M.D. This book is every book I have every read all rolled into one. It educates you and enlightens you at the same time. Not only does this book focus on your baby and his sleep patterns but it shows true concern for the mother and her well being. This book will guide you on how to teach your infant to sleep one extra hour from the first weeks of life and help the #1 problem plaguing new parents....physical and mental exhaustion.
The book revolves around initiating and maintaining the calming reflex within your child. Who knew white noise is one of the keys to a good night's sleep and can initiate the calming reflex within a baby? I bought a sound machine for my son's room before he was even born just for kicks. Little did I know, not only do I have a magical instrument at my fingertips, I have been using it incorrectly. By just tweeking the sound and changing the level of white noise, my 9 month old is sleeping almost 12 hours straight! Personally, I can't sleep without a fan on. Who knew I've been sleep training myself for years! I just thought I was weird
There are a few points in this book that I do not agree with but not all advice is the right advice for every situation. I do believe this is one of the best books on the market to help new parents and their babies sleep better.
My better half and I are in the starting phase of planning our next child. Our son is 9 months old and a great sleeper. Prior to reading this book, One of my fears was the return of sleep deprivation. I know in the beginning it will be rough but with the help of The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep maybe this time around I won't end up a hot mess at the bottom of the basement stairs.
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