The three biggest challenges of caring for new babies are feeding, calming crying and getting sleep. Over the past 60 years, support for breastfeeding has increased significantly (as has the availability of formula). But little advance has been made in the study and support of parents with fussy babies. In fact, parenting and professional guides have traditionally taught that colic is a mysterious problem with no remedy. Desperate and weary parents have been advised to deposit their crying babies alone in cribs to scream themselves to sleep.
Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at USC. He completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1976 and residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Afterwards, he completed simultaneous fellowships in child development and ambulatory pediatrics at UCLA. Dr. Karp’s innovative books and DVDs, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, are among the world’s most popular parenting guides. His newest book, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep (Birth to 5 Years), will be released June, 2012. Over 2500 certified educators teach his work to new parents in America and other nations.