Welcome! This is our last episode for 2020. We made it - just!
This has been such a surreal year and staying connected to you all through this podcast really has kept me going. The conversations I’ve had each week have reminded me time and again that human connection is how we thrive. As mothers, it’s so easy to feel isolated, but the more we keep talking and listening to one another, the less alone we all feel. When I started the grace tales, I was a new mother. I had a premature baby who wouldn’t stop crying and I have so many memories of feeling utterly helpless – I couldn’t see a way out of the sleep deprived state I was in. Everything felt too hard. I remember night after night my husband and I would bounce up and down on a fit ball willing our newborn girl to fall asleep.
So, this episode is a really special one because I’ve interviewed one of America’s most-trusted pediatricians and child development experts Dr Harvey Karp who is the founder of The Happiest Baby and also the lifechanging SNOO. The first smart cradle, the SNOO, designed to swing and calm babies from crying, as well as to allow babies to sleep safely on their back. And it has been so well received that the SNOO has attracted investors such as Gywneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake.
Harvey’s bestselling book The Happiest Baby on the Block (or Baby Bliss as it’s called in countries like the UK and Australia) has been described as the most important parenting book of the decade. Harvey has also written a book called The Happiest Toddler On The Block.
In today’s conversation, we talk about:
- How babies have an innate ability to be calmed — a reflex – which disappears after about four months
- Infant colic
- What is the missing fourth trimester?
- What are Dr Karp’s 5 S’s are
- How to use white noise and the different kinds of white noise
- Dr Karp’s thoughts on professionals who warn that children could become addicted to soothers such as pacifiers, rocking or swaddling.
- What a normal night looks like for a baby in terms of waking.
- The life-changing SNOO.
- The best way to communicate with toddlers