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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 (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320 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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323 of 327 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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164 of 184 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 187 people found the following review helpful By Cath on 12 April 2006
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Girasol365 on 19 July 2013
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My twin boys will be 3 in a few days and they were potty trained in 3 days (twin 1) and a week (twin 2), mostly thanks to this book. I read two books on the subject over 3 months ago, and this one gave me the best suggestions - it is important to follow what we feel most comfortable with and what works for our kids.
What I liked most about this book - the structure, ideas with consistency (e.g. Not confusing kids with off-nappy hour, and then putting them back on a nappy), and clarifications about readiness and what may help children to overcome fears, etc. I'd say that Gina's point that when the child is showing the signs of being ready to potty train, the child then moves on to pants (day time) and does not have the option to put a nappy back on except the minute before bedtime, after a last visit to the potty/toilet. Other books suggest a period of transition between nappy and pants and I observed that my boys got irritated with that and always refused the suggestion to go nappy free. After a first and a second attempt at potty training 3 months ago, we chose a suitable weekend to stay at home and dedicate devoted attention to potty training and the boys, when even preparing meals were second in order of priority. It was extremely stressful for twin 1 to start with, and it made me feel my patience was exhausted, but I kept the calm look as much as I could to support the most anxious twin. On day 2 things seemed to be smoother, no splashing accidents!! Both twin boys were using the potty for urine (no. 1) and both were retaining faeces (no. 2). At the end of day 2 twin 1 had an accident with no. 2, but from Monday on words, day 3 and beyond, he managed to go to the potty every time he needed, having no more accidents. He did have a couple of days retaining no. 2, but Mango sorted him out.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sue Sweetbaum on 6 April 2003
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I have attempetd to potty train my son on three occassions, the second attempt being the most traumatic and distressing experience of my son's life (and quite possibly mine too !!) During this 2nd attempt my son developed an ear infection and so I stopped the process. His, out of character, aggressive and disruptive behaviour, which began during potty training, continued long after potty training ceased. It turned out that his hearing had become significantly impaired as a result of the ear infection and his behavioural problems were related to this and not, as I had first thought, potty training.
6 months down the line, with gromets in place, I knew I needed to start the dreaded process of potty training all over again and the thought of it brought me out in a cold sweat ! Not knowing how to begin to tackle it, especially with the 'ghosts' of past experiences firmly in mine and my son's mind, I turned to 'Potty Training in One Week' for some guidance.
I have followed the Gina Ford Contented Baby Book for both my children and swear by the routines outlined in it, so I was already aware of and impressed with Gina's approach. I bought the book and followed the guidelines. My three year old son, who had had a horrible experience of potty training and who was vehemently against even looking at, let alone sitting on, a potty was potty trained in 8 days ! I am still in shock at how easy it was once I had the friendly support of the Gina Ford book.
During the 8 days I can honestly say there were NO stressful situations, my son was happy and proud of his daily imrpoving achievements - stress-free potty training - I can still hardly believe it ! Buy it!
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