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Dr Harvey Karp

Dr Harvey Karp

Dr. Harvey Karp is one of America's most-trusted pediatricians and child development experts. He is on the faculty of the USC School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Karp practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles for over 25 years. His landmark discoveries and unique ability to translate complex science into effective techniques to empower parents have revolutionized our understanding of the needs of young children. He is the founder and CEO of Happiest Baby, a smart-tech and parenting solutions company.

Dr. Karp has devoted his life to helping families raise healthy and happy children. His highly innovative and celebrated books/videos, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep have been translated into dozens of languages and have made him one of the world’s most renowned baby and sleep experts. Dr. Karp’s breakthrough discoveries —the calming reflex, the 5 S’s and Toddler-ese — have benefited millions of parents and are taught by thousands of specially trained educators in over 20 nations. No wonder, the NY Times applauded his landmark ideas by saying, “Roll over, Dr.

For over 20 years, Dr. Karp has been a tireless advocate and a national leader in the promotion of children's rights to a healthy and safe environment. His work in protecting children has directly led to state and national laws protecting children. Dr. Karp has served as a spokesman on environmental issues for the NRDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Department of Health, and is a founding board member of Healthy Child Healthy World. He is a board member of EWG, whose mission is to protect our nation’s public health and the environment.


How White Noise Helps the Whole Family

By Dr. Harvey Karp   What if you treated your own bedtime and sleep space like it was your baby’s? Best guess: You’d start sleeping better, pronto! While there are no grownup-size swaddles or SNOOs (yet!), there is one baby-sleep… Continue Reading >

What to Do When Baby Wakes Every Hour?

By Harvey Karp   It’s totally normal and expected for newborns to wake often at night for a feed and a nappy change. In fact, the longest stretch of newborn night time ZZZ’s is usually about 4 hours, which bumps… Continue Reading >

5 Summer Risks You Might Not Have Thought About

Beach visits, family picnics, backyard shenanigans: All in all, it’s great to be a kid in the summertime! But for babies and toddlers, summer can also pose some unexpected health risks. To ensure you and your love bug have nothing… Continue Reading >

Mental Health Tips for New Parents

Dr. Harvey Karp shares his go-to advice on how to cope with the stressors of new parenthood. Fellow parents, grandparents, strangers, folks on the internet—and, yes, pediatricians—all love to give advice to new parents. We offer breastfeeding tips, sleep schedule… Continue Reading >

How to Boost Toddler Confidence

Toddlers lose all day long! They’re weaker, slower, shorter, less verbal, and clumsier than almost everybody they know. They just want to win a few! You can’t protect your child from all the losses he’ll suffer while he’s growing up…. Continue Reading >

Getting Bub’s Temperature Right This Winter

The drop in temperature during the winter months is enough to make any parent declare it hibernation season for themselves and their baby. But there’s really no need. Here are some tips for keeping your baby safe and warm—but not… Continue Reading >

7 Sleepytime Items That Increase SUDI Risk

All parents want their babies to sleep well and to sleep safely. But some products supposedly designed for infant sleep, actually put babies at risk. Sleep expert Dr. Harvey Karp shares what might be putting your little sleepyhead in danger…. Continue Reading >

3 Biggest SIDS Risk Factors—and What to Do About Them

by Dr Harvey Karp   Incidences of sudden unexpected death in infancy (including SIDS) in Australia have plummeted over the last 30 years, dropping from roughly 500 babies dying annually to 130 today. While that’s undoubtedly a move in the… Continue Reading >

What is the fourth trimester and why is it so important?

I used to tell my patients that babies are born three months too soon. I know what you’re thinking: What?! Too soon?! For many mums, the third trimester feels never-ending. But remember, your baby’s brain grew so big that you… Continue Reading >

5 Tips to Look after your Own Mental Health as a New Mum or Parent

By Dr Harvey Karp   Once Baby arrives, it’s easy to put all your focus on your new tiny bundle. After all, they require a lot of care! But in looking after their little ones, so many mums and dads… Continue Reading >

How to get your toddler into a sleep routine

To adults, the word routine sounds a bit boring. We get tired of doing the same thing, day in and day out. But your tot doesn’t feel that way. Toddlers love routines! And making your tyke’s bedtime routine as predictable… Continue Reading >



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