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The Complete Sleep Guide For Contented Babies and Toddlers Paperback – 6 Apr 2006

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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 (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,518 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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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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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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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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I bought this book when my second daughter was 3 weeks old, she's now just turned 4 months and is sleeping through the night, settling herself for day naps and is one of the most contented little babies I have the pleasure of knowing. Gina Ford really comes in for some stick, it's such a shame, her routines are brilliant and it's obvious how much she loves babies. I think the problem is that people take her routines too literally, you have to use your common sense and tailor them to your baby - for example my daughter at 4 months is still having an early evening catnap of 30-45 minutes, she can't make it through till 7pm otherwise whereas Gina advises to drop it around three months. Her basis for good sleep is a 7 to 7 routine with babies main, most longest sleep at lunchtime. As your baby gets older you gradually reduce the length of the naps either side of the lunchtime nap until you are just left with one nap - really that;s it. You just tweak it to fit your baby's needs, some need more sleep, some less.

Thank you again Gina - you are a lifesaver!
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I am a Gina Ford fan but when my son (who is now a very happy contented baby!) was young he used to fight sleep so hard - I tried everything and realised that I was in danger of him thinking the only way to get to sleep was in my arms or in the car! Having worked so hard not to feed him to sleep (something my daughter did - nightmare!) I didn't want to cause a different issue.
Some people wouldn't think this was an issue but I wanted my son to learn how to sleep properly early on and Gina's sleep guide really helped us. She offers ideas & her usual real life stories to help you. There is no one answer as every baby is different and in this book Gina offers advice and I tried some of them that I thought would help my boy & didn't bother with ones that didn't seem to fit him. 10 days after settling on a wind down routine for him he now sleeps beautifully with the odd poor daytime sleep. He is 4 months and has slept through the night since 7 weeks and has good daytime naps.
As with all Gina books you can pick and choose the help you want but she talks sense and actually gives practical things you can do! Rather than other books I've read which offer advice such as 'let you baby tell you what they want' - I've never been good with that. If that sounds like you then I recommend this book for you!
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