Calm Mama, Happy Baby

The Simple, Intuitive Way to Tame Tears, Improve Sleep, and Help Your Family Thrive

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"As a mom, I have absolutely found a connection between my stress or calm and my daughter's mood and behavior. Calm Mama, Happy Baby gives moms practical tools for choosing calm over stress no matter what is happening. These techniques have been a lifesaver for me." —Tiffani Thiessen, actress

"A fascinating look at how we are neurologically ‘programmed' to think, feel, and act like our parents. This book shows moms how to avoid passing along habits of stress and negativity, setting their children up for good health, optimal learning, and better sleep." —Anjalee Warrier Galion, MD, Children's Hospital Orange County

With constant feedings, teary outbursts, and trying to help your baby sleep through the night, it's no wonder that parents of babies and young children feel overwhelmed. Yet eye-opening neuroscientific research shows that your stress directly affects your child's mood, behavior, and health. The good news is that calm mamas have calmer, happier babies who usually feed and sleep better, too. 

Drawing on their experience in nearly two decades of working with parents in Hollywood and around the globe, Derek O'Neill and Jennifer Waldburger give parents practical tools for choosing calm over stress no matter what is happening with their child. For any mom who's ever said, "I wish my baby came with instructions," Calm Mama, Happy Baby offers a step-by-step approach for helping you parent intuitively, with confidence.

• Discover the negative habits that cause stress and zap your energy
• Learn how to understand your baby's communication on all levels
• Defuse any parenting situation, from feeding problems and sleep disruptions
to separation anxiety, fussiness, and colic
• Explore why becoming a parent brings up unresolved fears and insecurities—and how to put them to rest.

When mama is happy, your child is happy, too—and the entire household thrives.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Health Communications Inc (October 2013)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780757317668

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Raves and Reviews

"New parents are inundated with advice on 'the right way' to raise a child. As a pediatrician and father, I have seen firsthand how information overload, even if well intentioned, can lead to stress and anxiety for a new parent. Calm Mama, Happy Baby helps parents deal with stress and create a positive environment for themselves and their child. Happy parents definitely make happier babies."—Scott Cohen, MD, FAAP, author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year, co-founder, Beverly Hills Pediatrics

A fascinating look at how we are neurologically 'programmed' to think, feel, and act like our parents. This book shows moms how to avoid passing along habits of stress and negativity, setting their children up for good health, optimal learning, and better sleep.—Anjalee Warrier Galion, MD, Assistant Program Director, Child Neurology Training Program, Children's Hospital of Orange County

After countless classes and books on sleep, we knew it was time to call in the big guns, so we called Jen.  Who knew that it was worry and anxiety about our two-year-old not sleeping that was actually contributing to her wakefulness? After using the principles in Calm Mama, Happy Baby, we went from bumpy nights to peaceful ones.  We are true believers now!—Erin Lokitz and Tony Kanal, musicians

As a mom, I have absolutely found a connection between my stress or calm and my daughter's mood and behavior. Calm Mama, Happy Baby gives moms fun and practical tools for choosing calm over stress no matter what is happening with their child. These techniques have been a lifesaver for me.—Tiffani Thiessen, actress

As a psychiatrist specializing in postpartum depression, I am so grateful to have a resource that offers step-by-step guidelines for how to manage the ups and downs of being a new parent. By helping moms tap into their natural instincts with confidence, and respond mindfully to their newborns, this book makes the transition to parenthood a much more peaceful experience.—Stephanie Zisook, MD, Reproductive psychiatrist, UCLA Clinical Faculty

As a type-A mom who puts a lot of pressure on herself to be the best mom possible, I sometimes forget to breathe, let my shoulders down, and relax, but this book is a good reminder that being calm helps not only mom but baby, too. As a new mom, being calm is all you can do when you realize you don't have control.—Robin, mom of Jackson, 9 months 

As I read this book, I felt like you were sitting with me on my couch and addressing everything I am going through as a new mom with laser precision. Thank you!—Jenna, mom of Sidney, 4 months

At last, a book for moms (and dads) about the moms (and dads) of babies! Calm Mama, Happy Baby presents an individualized road map for navigating the often stressful and sometimes shaky first years of parenthood. Derek O'Neill and Jennifer Waldburger clearly understand the symbiotic relationship between parent and child and the emotional rollercoaster ride that is parenting. Their hands-on tool kit, filled with specific tips for coping with the early parenting journey, is a must for every parent's library.—Betsy Brown Braun, MA, Child development and behavior specialist, author of Just Tell Me What to Say and You're Not the Boss of Me

Attachment Parenting begins with listening to your baby, and this book helps parents with that in every way. It's pretty easy to miss your baby's cues if you're a new parent awakened every hour or two. Calm Mama, Happy Baby is great reading and helps us understand our babies' needs and form the close, loving bond we all want.—Jay Gordon, MD, Author of Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed

Doing the deep breathing and staying calm while putting my baby to bed has had a huge impact on his ability to settle.  I am feeling much more positive about bedtime in our house!—Alexis, mom of Desmond, 5 months

Evolving into motherhood has been a journey for me, and this guidance has been so instrumental. When I get stressed, I just keep thinking, 'calm mama happy baby.'—Kristen, mom of Brody, 2 months

Finally!  A book that addresses what I've always observed: calm and happy parents tend to have calmer and happier children, and stressed-out parents tend to have more stressed-out children. Calm Mama, Happy Baby offers simple tools for managing the stress and worry that come with being a parent.  I look forward to recommending this book to my families to help ensure that their child has the best possible start in life.—Bess Raker, MD, Co-founder, Beverly Hills Pediatrics, Attending pediatrician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

I am incredibly hard on myself and have such all-or-nothing thoughts about my success or failure as a mother. This book gave me permission to trust my own heart and instincts.—Alyssa, mom of Talia, 6 months

I really love the baby's reaction when I take deep breaths—it stops him in his tracks. So does talking to him in a calm voice. My biggest takeaway from this book is to be aware that when Kyle's little upsets do arise, I can take a look at myself first and make any adjustments. —Lisa, mom of Kyle, 12 months

Kids raised in calm households tend to fare better academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Calm Mama, Happy Baby helps parents live more peaceful—and therefore healthier—lives, and the benefits to their child are immeasurable.—Sonya Sethi Gohill, MD, FAAP, Founder, Brentwood Pediatrics, Attending pediatrician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and St. John's Health Center 

When I take a deep breath and the baby settles, it's a 'wow'.—Lauren, mom of Amelie, 4 months

When we adopted our daughter, I immediately sought information on how to nurture a healthy attachment. Calm Mama, Happy Baby is a must-read for helping parents build a foundation of trust, security, and connection to help their baby thrive.—Nia Vardalos, actress and writer, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, author of New York Times bestseller Instant Mom

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