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The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting [Paperback]

Gina Ford
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Book Description

6 April 2006

The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over 300 babies, was first published in 1999. It quickly established Gina as an influential new authority on baby and childcare issues and has remained one of the bestselling parenting books in the UK.

This completely revised edition of The New Contented Little Baby Book contains the most up-to-date advice available to parents. Using the feedback from numerous readers and website members, Gina has been able to develop and elaborate on the information in her first book, while clearly setting out her philosophy on simple feeding and sleeping routines.

By creating routines that match a growing baby's innate natural rhythms, Gina prevents the hunger, overtiredness and colic that can lead to excessive crying. Babies who are settled into Gina's gentle routines are happy and contented because their needs for food and sleep are appropriately met and they should sleep for their longest spell at night from an early age.

With detailed, prescriptive information on everything parents need to know, this book includes chapters on:

- Preparation for the birth

- How the routines evolved and the benefits of following a routine

- Milk feeding in the first year

- Understanding your baby's sleep

- Establishing a routine

- Introducing solid food in line with government and World Health Authority guidelines

- Common problems in the first year.

Whether you are expecting your first child, or are experiencing difficulties with an older baby, this comprehensive guide contains all the expert guidance you need to help your baby feed and sleep well.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912697
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,063 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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If you are still struggling to get your newborn to sleep through the night, still getting up throughout the night to feed the little one, or perhaps you are feeling as if no end is in sight, you need to read Gina Ford's The Contented Little Baby Book. It may be the only thing you need to bring peace back into your frazzled existence with your tiny baby, or babies.

After all, this book promises to teach parents tried and tested methods to get their baby to sleep through the night by the time they are 10 weeks old.

For parents who are craving their first night of unbroken sleep, Ford's book may be the answer.

Ford's methods conjure up the image of a strict and loving old nanny from yesteryear. Her techniques go against the grain of many currently popular parenting philosophies. For example, Ford, an experienced maternity nurse, is against demand feeding, believes in the necessity of waking a sleeping baby in order to establish a daily routine. Her philosophy may not be the norm today, but Ford is confident of her methods based on years of experience handling hundreds of babies.

Providing an hour-by-hour, week-by-week guide on how to get a new baby into a routine, the book includes feeding and sleeping schedules based on a baby's age. The Contented Little Baby Book provides so much information that it may be necessary to keep this paperback book handy for reference should you employ Ford's techniques.

Experienced parents may not benefit from Ford's methods, but first-time parents may learn a lot from her ideas, and for the discerning reader of parenting books, this one is a must have. For the reader who would like to weigh other parenting methods before adopting Ford's techniques, the following books may be of interest: The Baby Book, by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.; What to Expect in the first year, by Eisenberg, Murkoff and Hathaway; and Your Baby and Child, by Penelope Leach. --Abbe Jacobson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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 me she was an absolute godsend." (Kate Winslet)

"It is hard to overestimate the good she has done...How to reward this great benefactor of mankind?...My wife takes the view that only sainthood will do." (Peter Osborne, Political Editor, The Spectator)

"I devoured it (Contented Little Baby Book) in one sitting. It was hilarious. The claim that a baby of five months could be trained to sleep from 7am to 7pm made me laugh out loud. Little did I realise that this was the start of my conversion to the gospel according to St Gina. That Gina Ford would soon acquire an almost divine status in my life....I look back on my BGE (Before Gina Era) and think of how many of my babies has cried and cried as I ever more desperately struggled to get them to sleep....My only regret, of course, is that Gina did not write her book years ago, when my older children were born. I look in the mirror and wonder what a difference that would have made to the bags under my eyes. If motherhood had always been as easy as it seems this time, I might not have had five children - but 10. Maybe Ruth Kelly's secrets is that she has a copy of St Gina." (Martine Oborne Evening Standard)

"This book could be your salvation!" (The Daily Telegraph)

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410 of 417 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To balance out more extreme views 7 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I feel the need to balance out the rather extreme reviews this book has had. As a new mum myself I heard about the book, and came on and looked at the reviews, and felt a little overwhelmed. Some say treat it like a parenting bible and follow every word and others say you shouldn't even attempt it and accuse the book of being 'cruel'.
After having had my son (who is now 7 months), I would say that this book is excellent as a starting place. If you, like me, have had advice crammed in every orifice from every person you know and need some good solid advice this book is very useful. It gives you a good sense of an 'ideal' and the confidence to put the suggestions into practice, and it's not as rigid as everyone makes out if you read it properly. On the other hand, the routines are planned down to every last detail and this can be a bit tricky considering what babies are like.

I feel the best way this book can be viewed is: read it, absorb it, then put it to one side and do what YOU feel is right. Refer to it if you get stuck, and for suggestions and guidance, but don't pressure yourself or your baby into strictly adhering to it, but don't completely disregard it. My son wouldn't wake 3 hourly despite everything I tried he would only wake after 4 and slept through the night from 5 weeks (which I am now finding isn't such a bad thing after all!!!)But I had the confidence that I knew a bit about what was going on thanks to Gina Ford.

In other words, just use your common sense and trust your instincts. Only you know what is right for you and your baby. Every baby is different.

I hope this review is helpful to you.
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427 of 453 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful but not a bible 13 Oct 2007
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Bottom line: Are you a control freak? (be honest)If so, then this is the book for you. If not, then give it a miss.

I did not read this book with my first, who was a nightmare baby sleepwise, but was eager to avoid that fate with my second so I did buy and read it then. I found her general baby care advice very sound and helpful and wished I had read at least that first section with my first. As for the much discussed routines, I think that she has based them on what has worked with lots of babies and therefore they will work fine for lots of babies.

You have to take the book with a grain of salt and choose to use as much of the routine as works for you and your baby. I liked to dip into it every week or two and get an idea of how Gina thought things would be changing for my baby and then make up my own plan based on my baby's needs as well as the rest of the family's.

I have to say that I would often put him to bed thinking he wasn't tired, but give it a try because Gina said to and then find him out cold in seconds, so I do think she knows a thing or two about typical baby rhythms. However all babies are not typical, her routines are virtually impossible if you have an older toddler to manage as well, and if you are a go with the flow kind of mum you may find you don'e enjoy being a slave to a routine.

On the other hand, I think many new mums (especially type A ones) feel completely lost when they bring a new baby home. They have no experience with babies, and very high expectations of themselves.
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177 of 191 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gina Ford v. Baby Whisperer 12 Jun 2012
By Lorry M
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My baby is 3 months and, being a lawyer, I liked the idea that there was a text book out there that could tell me how to have a contented baby, or indeed how to whisper to her to get her to do what I wanted/needed her to do... I think both books have good points to them, but my views after having read both, and tried both approaches is as follows. There are some positive views at the end, but I want to start with the reality.

If you buy Gina's book you are clearly a person who likes routine, perhaps who is even a little bit of a control freak. That's why I bought it, I admit it. However, this book goes to extremes in that it even tells you when to have breakfast! The routines are very helpful to get an idea about when things could happen, but unless you have a baby who is extremely passive and completely 'common baby problem' free (e.g. colic, reflux), feeds perfectly and has no mind of her own, then sticking to the routines is nigh on impossible. For example, if your baby sleeps in the car/pram this means you can only drive/walk places at the times the naps are meant to take place. So if your NCT friends are meeting at a time that clashes, you and your baby miss out. Also, if you have a baby who refuses a late feed at 10pm as they are sleeping (and who won't dream feed) then you have to get all of the calories in during the day so the feed times Gina suggests are also out. Furthermore, not being able to stick strictly to the routines when you are tired and emotional during the first few weeks can just add to your problems. You feel more like a failure.

However, having said that, my baby is 13 weeks and has been in her own room from 7 weeks and has been sleeping around 10 - 11 hours at night from around 10 weeks. I really do attribute this to routine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keep your expectations in check
This book is rather good as a guide, but does provide some unrealistic goals. Unless your baby is bottle fed, I doubt it will be a 'Gina baby. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Handy book
Published 5 days ago by Sally C
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source of common sense information
Wish I had purchased sooner. Good source of common sense information. I would use the schedules as guidelines as my baby needs more feeds and sleep than his schedule allows. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Puzzle
5.0 out of 5 stars This book steered me very adeptly through two babies and ...
This book steered me very adeptly through two babies and I'm about to use it for a third time. Can't imagine how I would have got through without it - feeding on demand for months... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Rachel1
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not need it. Life is about being sensible ...
Did not need it. Life is about being sensible with young ones.
Published 12 days ago by UKGB
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect.
My bible.
This book helped me along being a first time mum.
Published 13 days ago by ChristinA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Excellent read, made me much less anxious about becoming a new parent! "Demand feeding" just isn't for me and this gives you a great strategy to keep on top of feedings and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by M. Stagg
1.0 out of 5 stars some of us like holding our babies while they sleep-and find the...
Only read some of this book as I couldn't bear to read it all!!

Guess what Gina Ford, some of us like holding our babies while they sleep-and find the thought of leaving... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Juls C
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I used this book with both of my children. It is a great guide and my girls have always slept beautifully and I truly think that it came down to the routine. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Fraggle1982
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
A useful book to read. Some elements of routine useful, others too restrictive.
Published 27 days ago by Miss Nicola Williams
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