Synopses & Reviews
Every parent of a newborn feels overwhelmed by the enormity of the tasks at hand: Suddenly responsible for feedings, diaper changes, and trying to sleep, parents are stressed out and anxious. Since babies today are born even more aware, awake, and attuned than previous generations, it's easy to see why parents--especially moms--are frazzled.
The good news is that the cause and effect between parents' mental and emotional states and their baby's mood and behavior works both ways; when parents are calm and centered, their children are calm as well. From consulting in Hollywood's poshest nurseries to leading sold-out workshops with sleep-deprived parents, Jennifer Waldburger and Derek O'Neill share their proven arsenal of methods to calm parents and their kids, often in seconds.
With an eye-opening blend of neuroscience research, personal stories, and cross-cultural insights, Calm Mama, Happy Baby empowers moms (and dads) to be proactive about how they are "feeding" their babies energetically, choosing calm over stress. While many well-meaning parents spend money safety-proofing their homes, they fail to learn the most important thing to safeguard their baby's emotional health, which is to maintain peace within themselves and within the home. Calm Mama, Happy Baby shows parents how to:
- Stress-proof the baby's room with a paint color that soothes instead of stimulates and learn how certain music affects your baby's mood and behavior.
- Stop the Mommy Guilt and turn negative "Mama mantras" into positive ones.
- Discover why becoming a parent brings up unresolved fears and insecurities--and how to put them to rest.
- Use the proven CALM technique to diffuse any parenting situation, from feeding problems and sleep disruptions to separation anxiety, teething, and fussiness.
Yes, a happy baby is paramount, but when you have a happy Mama, too, then the entire household thrives. Calm Mama, Happy Baby paves the path from chaos to calm.
"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
"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
"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
"In my practice with moms and moms-to-be, I have often witnessed that a mother's stress can adversely affect both conception and pregnancy. The impact of a parent's stress on her child exists after the baby is born, too. This book reminds us that being stressed or calm is a choice. By offering practical tools that are easy to use and implement, Calm Mama, Happy Baby
shows parents that they can affect both their physiology and neurology with something as simple as taking a few breaths--and powerfully influence their baby's well-being as a result."
--Brooke Friedman, MD, reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, University of California--San Diego Regional Fertility Center
"A fascinating look at how we are neurologically 'programmed' at an early age to think, feel, and act like our parents. In this book, moms will learn how to avoid passing along habits of stress and negativity by calming themselves first, then sharing that calm with their baby. Babies who are more relaxed not only tend to sleep better but also build a solid foundation for weathering the ups and downs of life."
--Anjalee Galion, MD, pediatric neurologist and sleep specialist, Children's Hospital Orange County
"Children who grow up in a calm environment have healthier attachment and better physical and mental health than children who grow up with stress. Derek O'Neill and Jennifer Waldburger empower parents by offering simple tools to help manage the challenges of parenthood and create more peace and harmony in their lives."
--Sonya Gohill, MD, founder, Brentwood Pediatrics
"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
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.
About the Author
For more than fifteen years, Derek O'Neill, CHP, has been transforming the lives of thousands of people around the world as an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, motivational speaker, and martial arts sensei with several black belts. Author of More Truth Will Set You Free
as well as the Get a Grip series of books, Derek hosted two radio shows, The Way With Derek O'Neill
, which enjoyed the most successful launch in VoiceAmerica's history, quickly garnering 100,000 listeners, as well as his own show on Dublin City FM 103.2. Derek is founder of SQ Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing food, water, housing, and education to families across the globe; he was honored as Humanitarian of the Year in 2012 by Variety International the Children's Charity. Previous recipients include Sir Winston Churchill, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Simon Cowell. He was also named International Celebrity Ambassador in August 2012. Derek is a master at offering proven techniques for living a more harmonious life; most recently, he worked with the cast of Spiderman on Broadway
to help transform group disharmony into productivity and dynamic performance. He has been featured in Exceptional People Magazine, The Irish Independent
, and The Irish Examiner
Jennifer Waldburger, MSW, has been working with children and families for more than fifteen years. She is co-founder of Sleepy Planet, a company that collaborative consultation, education, parenting groups, counseling, and products to parents of children birth to five years. Addressing the big picture of family life - including sleep, feeding, child development, sibling issues, marriage and refining individual parenting philosophy and style - Sleepy Planet helps parents create a balanced, fulfilling family experience. Co-creator of the award-winning book and DVD The Sleepeasy Solution (now available in 15 countries), Jennifer is a content consultant on the hit show The Pajanimals and a featured expert contributor for The Mother Company (themotherco.com) as well as the inspirational website PositivelyPositive.com. Jennifer has been featured in a wide variety of media, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, People, LA Magazine, Variety, Parenting, and Parents. Jennifer is also co-founder of MomAssembly, an online "parenting university"