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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 (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,183 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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97 of 101 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
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CK0001 on 6 Mar 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Treat Gina Ford's ideas as hints and tips (as most parents do I'm sure) and you will find this a valuable resource. Her ideas can come across as strict but we adapted to suit our situation and needs and it worked perfectly. Just take out the bits that appeal to you and go with it. We realise, with hindsight, that our parenting style was creating bad sleeping habits and we quickly became too tired to break out of the cycle that we had created. This was not healthy for us or our child so Gina's book was an absolute Godsend and I don't know how we'd have survived without it. This, or any Gina Ford book, won't be for everybody of course but it's definitely been a positive influence on our lives. Our first child is is growing up fast- we could do with a Gina Ford book on contented teenagers...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annieb on 29 April 2009
Format: Paperback
This book saved my marriage (nearly) and my job (probably). My baby was always a good little sleeper but at around 5 months she started waking in the night, never crying, just chatting to herself happily (and LOUDLY) and also very early in the morning. Following all the advice and insight in this book helped me see really quickly why she was doing it (too much sleep during the day) and guided me really carefully through the way to cut her daytime sleep back without making her unhappy and overtired, until she was sleeping better at night (as was I).
More recently, my baby decided to chuck a few screaming fits at bedtime, or in the middle of the night. I have never had to (nor wanted to) let her 'cry it out', but cuddling ehr wasn't soothign her at all (just cried louder and got even mroe tired). There are methods suggested in this book that enable the baby to know you are there, btu still be able to resettle and not develop a crying habit. Tried them after 4 days of night time crying. within 2 days the crying had stopped. And my baby was as happy as she had ever been.
Highly recommend it
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Bell on 13 July 2007
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This book is very good for tackling any kind of sleep issue or association that might develop i.e. dummy, rocking and cuddling. I am not a cruel mother who doesnt cuddle her baby, but we had got to a point where very evening he was on my lap asleep and as soon as head touched the cot there were tears. I used the case studies in the book to figure out a solution. There are many case studies for babies of all ages and they are very helpful. It works very well with the contented baby book, but is helpful to any parent having sleep problems with their baby. I would reccomend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Roth-Rotsas on 17 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
I followed the CLB routine for my first child and she went into it perfectly, sleeping through from 10 weeks. I assumed my second daughter would be the same. Wrong! For 3 months I have been battling a baby that would sleep all over the place then wake up almost every hour every night. Shattered, I read this book, hoping for a miracle...and got one! After finally understanding the REM patterns of babies, and putting this information into practise, my baby was right into the CLB routine just 2 days after I read it. Why, oh why, did I not get it as soon as she was born????
A perfect compliment to the CLB books, filled with valuable information, advice, and real life case studies. Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sweetpea on 19 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book very useful, well laid out and more to the point the advice it contained really worked. The approach is common sense and not at all about leaving babies to cry as is often misreported. I liked the case studies and found the sleeping and feeding timetables/structure lifesaving. I also found the booked well researched and feel that there is a lot of support from other sources to support Gina Ford's way of doing things. All in all I'd recommend this book to any parent and it is an invaluable companion to the Contented Little Baby Book or can be used as a stand alone resource to help the sleep deprived regain some degree of sanity!
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