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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912673
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby Book became a runaway bestseller when it was first published ten years ago. She continues to be the number one bestselling author of childcare books in the UK. Her advice and methods have been a godsend to tired, stressed parents throughout the world and have helped a generation of children go to bed on time and sleep calmly through the night. She runs a hugely popular website: www.contentedbaby.com and has published over twelve parenting books.

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"for an astonishing number of mothers, she has proved a saviour. "Gina babies", as they are known, are happy and they sleep" (The Daily Telegraph)

"The Delia Smith of parenting - draws on thirty years' experience to tell you how to nurture the perfectly happy baby - for the many thousands who've tried it, Gina's book is a Godsend" (You Magazine)

"'It is hard to overestimate the good she has done. She has saved thousands of parents from the misery of sleepless nights...How to reward this great benefactor of mankind?...My wife takes the view that only sainthood will do.'" (Peter Oborne, Political Editor The Spectator)

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A guide to peaceful nights from Gina Ford, the popular authority on calm and confident parenting

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By SammieH on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
When my son was 6 months old, he was still waking up 3-4 times a night. Every time I put him back to bed, I couldn't get back to sleep myself, knowing that he was going to wake up again anyway...I couldn't think straight, I was so knackered. My health visitor couldn't help, my GP told me it was normal and I was beginning to feel really low.

One day a lady in the park recommended reading this book. I thought, why not, I have nothing to lose. Well, it was an eye-opening experience! After reading it - it made loads of sense - I went out and bought the Contented Little Baby Book too (I was warned off that book by loads of people, so I never touched it before 2 months ago!). That weekend I started putting him on the routines and used the advice from the sleep book and guess what? After a few nights, HE STARTED SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! I could hardly believe it the first night, but then it just continued. I feel so stupid for listening to all the negative comments about Gina Ford books, instead of reading them myself and making my own mind up. My darling baby boy is 10 months old now and he is an outrageously happy kid! We are seriously considering having some more children now...

If you are a new mum, struggling to cope with lack of sleep or simply someone who wants to understand their baby more, then I hugely recommend you to buy this no-nonsense sensible book. It is simply fantastic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sophie Green on 28 Aug. 2007
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Really useful book for tackling any common sleep problems in little babies and older toddlers and it has good suggestions for helping to solve them. I'd say its useful to have an idea of Gina Ford's routines suggested in her New Contented Baby Book while reading it but it is good as a stand alone book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Goodwin on 27 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback
I have to say ignore the controversy, read the book and make up your own mind about it! It made total sense to me and in no way seemed cruel.

My baby had to be woken up for feeds, as advised by hospital staff, as he was premature. I was always advised that "Demand Feeding" in his case was a no-no - which proved to be sound advice! He followed the routines and was a very happy baby until he was 4 weeks old when he start doing downhill. To cut a very long, painful and distressing to all concerned, story short, by 12 weeks my son's 2nd stage reflux was under control thanks to medication but by this point he had developed a habit of catnapping on people and would wake constantly when in his carry-cot needing constant reassure from me or the dummy. He was tired and grumpy and couldn't sit and play with an age appropriate toy by himself for a even a minute during the day.

I worked hard to re-establish a routine at 13 weeks, which involved a small amount of allowing him to cry-down. Within three days he has gone down to sleep at 6:45 with no fuss, no crying and is hardly moving around (previously he shuffled in bed constantly!) and three hours later is still sleeping soundly. I understand this method isn't for everyone, but the techniques have worked wonders for my son and the most important thing in all of this is that he is much much happier and is even feeding better, a positive I would't even have thought would be improved by the techniques initially. Yes, I have managed to reclaim a few hours in the evening to have a bit of me time, but what drove me to continue with the approach was just how contented my son is when he when he follows a routine.

Thank-you Gina Ford!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. LH Scott Thompson on 17 Sept. 2011
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so im a first time mum, breastfeeding, a bit of a hippy and I've read the reviews of this book. My friends call Gina ford the baby Hitler due to the strict routines, so why did i buy this book?

well i bought 3 differing books for 3 differing views on the subject:
this one obviously
Elizabeth pantleys no cry sleep solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night: Foreword by William Sears, M.D.
and dr marc weissbluths healthy sleep habits happy child
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A step-by-step programme for a good night's sleep

I bought these books when my daughter was about 3 weeks old, she would not stop screaming! I'm talking 14 hrs continuous screaming unless on the breast. how exhausting. I was convinced it was something i was doing wrong with her sleep patterns. It turns out a little later that it wasn't to do with her sleep but reflux disorder. (thanks to Ina mays book for helping me recognise the symptoms)
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding.

these 3 books have many similarities in advice but also a lot of differences. I don't agree with Gina fords crying it out method or the very strict routines, but as a new mum i had no idea what a routine should look like, or what a feeding pattern through out the day should look like.

My daughters sleep habits have vastly improved with the recognition of drowsy signs, and implementing a loose Gina for routine.
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