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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912734
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531 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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"Perfect for any nappy-clinging parent" (She)

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The one-stop guide to contented potty training from bestselling parenting author, Gina Ford

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316 of 319 people found the following review helpful By D. Simmons on 7 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when my daughter was 2, and I felt under pressure (from other mums) to start potty training. Using Gina Ford's easy to understand criteria, it was clear that she was no where near ready to potty train. When she was 2 and a quarter we looked at the book again and I gave it a go. In 3 days we were both totally stressed out and I decided it was time to go back to nappies. 6 weeks ago (aged 2yrs 9 months), she fulfilled all the criteria - following the instructions in the book she was completey dry in 4 days (has had two accidents since then) and completely clean in 3 weeks. This book does work BUT it's crucial to follow Gina Ford's guidance on "readiness" (can they tell wet from dry, can they dress and undress themselves without your help, can they follow simple instructions). If your child isn't ready, it will take much longer than a week.... oh, and YOU have to be ready too!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rk6246viv on 22 Jan. 2012
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My 35 month old son has just completed a week of potty training; we've been following Gina's book to the letter, and guess what.....it works!!! You may find this more surprising when I tell you that my son, despite showing all the other signs of readiness, just didn't WANT to be potty trained! He never asked to have his nappy changed, although he did know when he had done something in it...the wetness just never bothered him, and therefore he had no motivation to use a potty or toilet. Explaining to him that big boys do wee-wees in the toilet never tempted him either. We've had a couple of goes in the past year at potty training, and even got to the point where, if he was naked, he would happily use the potty if it was right next to him, but the minute he had pants and trousers on, he would just pretend it was a nappy again, and then I'd have a lot of washing to do! The other mountain that I knew we had to climb was enticing him out from under the dining room table whenever he wanted a poo!
When my daughter was born 6 months ago I bought the Gina Ford book "Contented baby with toddler" and it was a fantastic guide to coping with the two of them, so when I saw this book for sale, I thought I'd try it over any of the other ones as I trusted everything Gina had to say....that woman talks a lot of sense!
The first couple of days were a bit of a struggle as we stayed in the house and all got cabin fever, but it was worth it. Even though I give him the odd reminder now and again, he decides when he needs the toilet and takes himself off to the bathroom; he has had no accidents for the past two days and today he did a poo in the potty (albeit under the dining room table, but at least it was in the potty). He's even using the big toilet now with a toddler trainer seat for wees....all within a week of starting out....amazing!!! I'm so proud of him, and so glad I bought this book!
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158 of 177 people found the following review helpful By "dmwalters_2000" on 22 April 2005
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I was at my wits end about potty training. My son was 3yrs old and was not at all interested in the potty. I tried all the tips the Health Visitor gave me, leave the potty for him to get used to, don't pressure him, let him do it in his own time. That's all very well, but when your son is about to start Pre-School and they won't accept him unless he is clean, you start to panic. And i did ! Then i happened to spot a book in a leaflet "Potty Training In One Week by Gina Ford". I was sceptical but desperate to try anything that might possibly work. I read the book in the evening when the children were in bed, and then resolved to embark on Stage Two the following day. That was a week ago now. And at the end of day two we had no accidents and he was fully clean during the day. And as from day five he is now dry at night time. I am amazed with this book and would strongly recommend anyone to try it. In fact, I think this book should be given out by all Health Visitors and available on the NHS !!!! Thank You Gina Ford you have made a stressed out mum in Swindon a very happy, proud and contented one.
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159 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Cath on 12 April 2006
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Yes, I tried her method to toilet train my son (nearly three) on the potty. And it ended in tears for both of us. I know many mothers worship Ms Ford but I found her approach inflexible, prescriptive and unrealistic. I did my best to follow her advice to the letter but it involved putting the two of us under house arrest and no amount of bribery, love or encouragement would persuade my son to even sit on that potty. In the end he was running away from it like a scalded cat. What angers me about the Ford approach to this and all other aspects of child care is that she presents her advice as fool-proof: that means that when you fail, naturally, you feel like a fool. What is the point of a parenting manual whose strictness actually works against a mother's intuition, de-skilling her and making her mistrust her own judgement?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NutwoodWanderer on 23 July 2011
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All the signs she was ready - I followed this to a tee. She was 2yrs 5 months when we started. We did everything she said, where it was humanly possible, but it just didn't work. And my child was very happy to sit on the potty for the first 3 days.

The problem with this book is not the concept - clearly it works for lots of people - great. But if it doesn't work, there is no advice whatsoever. All the advice is for situations that do not exist or for questions that are not relevant.

I have given 2 stars, as there are a few good ideas, so not total rubbish, however, as always, Gina makes you feel like a bad parent if it doesn't go like clockwork.

Though many wees do go in the loo (no poos yet) every day there are 3-6 wet pants. I have persisted with this for 2 months. Stickers, rewards, not getting cross. This doesn't work for everyone. If you are banking on this being over in a week, maybe you'll be lucky, but be prepared that it may not work.

With hindsight, I would have used pull-ups and only gone cold turkey when they were dry.
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