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The Contented Baby's First Year: The secret to a calm and contented baby: A Month-by-month Guide to Your Baby's Development [Hardcover]

Gina Ford
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19 July 2007

Gina Ford's bestselling The Contented Little Baby Book established Gina as one of the UK's most influential voices in baby and childcare issues. Her groundbreaking routines have been the salvation of hundreds of thousands of parents and her sound advice on weaning and sleep has guaranteed contented little babies in households around the world.

In The Contented Baby's First Year Gina takes you through your baby's first year in a month-by-month guide. From physical and mental development through to changes in feeding and sleeping patterns, this wonderful book is packed with practical parenting advice. There's information here on soothing, breastfeeding, weaning and bathing your baby together with suggestions for encouraging key developmental milestones: holding a toy, rolling over, sitting up and crawling. Additionally, for each month there is a handy Q&A that offers reassuring solutions to particular problems that can occur at each stage in your baby's development. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photography, including step-by-step guides to caring for your little one, The Contented Baby's First Year is essential reading for guaranteeing a contented little baby in year one.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (19 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912741
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,274 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: and has published over twelve parenting books.

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"Gina Ford is the Delia Smith of parenting...while Delia tells you how to make the perfect omelette, Gina Ford in her baby-care manual The Contented Little Baby Book, draws on 30 years' experience to tell you how to nurture the perfectly happy baby." (You magazine)

"For an astonishing number of mothers she has proved a saviour" (Daily Telegraph)

"For me she was an absolute Godsend" (Kate Winslet)

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A beautifully illustrated guide to your baby's first year from Britain's bestselling childcare expert

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrated guide 18 July 2007
I was under the initial impression that "The Contented Baby's First Year" was actually an elaborated version of "The Contented Little Baby Book", however was quickly proven wrong. It is in fact, a beautiful book, easily understood and with superb photographs illustrating main points, techniques and levels of a baby's development over its first year, which greatly enhance the adjoining text.

The useful information is presented in an easy-to-read manner with simple bullet points relating to the chapter and coloured text boxes highlighting helpful tips, which are great for quick reference purposes, although there is a complete index at the end.
Many questions and common problems are tackled and answered in an explicit, clear and concise manner providing not only a realistic solution but also an explanation as to why these problems occur in the first place so as to avoid them in the future.

Though it could be read alone, I feel that "The Contented Baby's First Year" would be much better appreciated as an accompaniment to "The (New) Contented Little Baby Book". It offers wonderful and easy suggestions and advice, which genuinely help the development of a child and positively enhance the experience of raising one.

Not a single aspect of a baby's first year - for both mother and baby - has been overlooked. This is a book to keep and treasure.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I bought a copy of this book when it was first available and I loved the gorgeous pictures and practical advice. Since then I have bought it for several of my friends who have had babies and they have all said the same thing - it is a beautifully presented, informative book. I especially like how the information is laid out in an easy-to-read format: bite-size chunks of knowledge with clear headings under different age groups. Gina Ford's routines are mentioned in the book but they are not the central theme, for that you will have to look at the Contented Little Baby Book. I think this is a definate plus as it makes it a book that's very accessible to all parents, not just those who want structure in their (and their babies) lives.

I have both a Miriam Stoppard book and "What to expert in the First year" and I have to say that they do very different things. If you want a book that you will refer to throughout your babies first 12 months but that you will also keep and cherish along with things like your babies first shoe, etc (and one that is perfect to give as a gift) then Gina Ford's First Year book is the one for you!

Reading this book, it's easy to see why Gina Ford in the UK's bestselling childcare author!!!!!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but made me feel inadequate... 9 Aug 2008
By S. Hunt
I bought this just a few weeks before my first baby was born at the end of last year, I found the first couple of chapters on general baby care and newborn very useful but then as the months went by, Gina seems to imply your baby 'should' be doing this and that and I sometimes felt that my baby didnt measure up to her exacting standards and her patronising tones made me feel inadequate as a first time mother. Her strict routines are well known and of course they are in here, not as detailed as in some of the other books but detailed enough for those of us who seem to muddle through and have babies not so suited to routines.
I thought the photos were nice and some of the babycare information was good however this could all be got elsewhere in more detail, i.e. Miriam Stoppard, 'What to expect' books etc.
If you are a fan of Gina and would like to get your baby into a routine as early as possible this book is for you. However be warned it may make you feel a little inadequate as the months go on!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't make it your first Gina Ford book 8 Mar 2011
By Ian
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Loads of people told us about 'the Gina Ford book' and how brilliant it was, and how the routines and timetables really help with a new baby.

So I bought this. And didn't understand what people had being going on about.

Several months later, we've just discovered why: we should have bought 'the new contented little baby' book. This one 'the first year', might be good as a companion book, but buy the 'contented little baby' book first - that's the one where the whole Gina Ford method is laid out and you get all the routine timetables.

To be honest, I found this 'first year' one a bit hurriedly-written - it feels a little contradictory at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! First Class!! 25 July 2007
By Emma J
This is an excellent book for first time mums with little time!! The top tips are particularly helpful as is the easy to read style of writing. The gorgeous pictures helped me to imagine what my little girl is going to look like as the months pass by. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information all in one beautiful book 19 July 2007
This comprehensive, well-ordered book covers just about every aspect of your baby's first year you can think of, from establishing feeding, whether breast or bottle, through immunisations, returning to work and teething to safety in the home once your baby is on the move.
The newborn section is particularly useful, with practical advice on nappy changing, bathing and holding positions - things that it is often assumed women will "just know" how to do.
Whether or not you are planning to follow the routines set out in Gina Ford's New Contented Little Baby Book, this book will really enhance your baby's first year. As well as supporting the routines and explaining the thinking behind them, it focuses on things to do when your baby is awake, what activities and toys they might be interested in at different ages, and physical and developmental milestones.
Another particularly useful section relates to weaning and following the new government guidelines on starting weaning at 6 months. This is great for people like me who already have a toddler who they weaned at 4 months and might be confused about how to progress from a later starting point.
Because of the clear, attractive format and beautiful photos, this book would make a great present and a welcome change from the usual flowers, bubble bath and baby clothes!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish!
Please don't buy this! it basically tells you things like your baby has sleep problems or is too clingy and only a strict routine devoid of human kindness will solve those... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by V. Voelschow
2.0 out of 5 stars Discouraging
Although there are some helpful tips after reading it, it made me feel that I was in some sort of baby race and that my baby was losing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mariana Gusmao Gomes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, very explicit. Would deffinetly recommend. She shows a more natural approach to raising babies. It's deffinetly more clear what to expect in the first year
Published 3 months ago by OW
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
As a new mum I found Gina very helpful. This book keeps mums on track & gives useful advise for play etc
Published 6 months ago by Eimear Sheridan
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Gina, but this book is not her best
I am a great believer in Gina Ford's technics but this book was useless, I didn't find it was adapted to all the kids compared to her other books. I was a bit disappointed.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. Sa Ben-arros
3.0 out of 5 stars ust getting into it
Was recommended this book by a fellow mother. Is very descriptive so far - just what I was hoping for. Was in used condition, but perfectly readable.
Published 6 months ago by Ms. Janet S. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
this book is so helpful and i would defo recommend it to first time mothers, i am still reading this book an it has helped me to understand alot more about babies.
Published 8 months ago by Nahima
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book, evry useful
Would recommend the book to any first time mum as it has lots of hints and tips about baby's development stages.
Published 9 months ago by pia kaatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good book but if you buy Gina's other book 'The contented baby's first year' like we did then you don't really need this book as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. K. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book helps with your confidence as a first time mum/parent, always handy to have on the shelf as a back upx
Published 9 months ago by Shell
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