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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)
This book offers words of advice from someone who hasn't been a parent. Tried for three days and neither mother nor baby were contented. Read morePublished 14 days ago by C E Maamarbachi
Very confusing drawn out and contradictory, very good information but I would say the whole book could be condensed to 5 A4 pages if you drill down to the core information needed,... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mr. N. A. Perks
If you like to do everything in order, by the clock and not use your maternal instincts. Then this book is for you. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Janey Lou
If you buy this book, I hope it's so you can burn it so 1 less person can follow this horrendous womans advicePublished 16 days ago by miss harriet s middleton
I read this book it before my baby was born and began applying the advice in the book as soon as I brought my bundle home. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Berkshire75
I swear by this book!! It has helped me with all 4 of my babies and I have bought it as a gift for 'first time' friends. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mrs Cooper
Hats off to anyone who can actually get their baby to do this! The teachings go against what midwives and health visitors advise e.g to feed on demand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by O. T. Jones
This book saved my sanity at 8 weeks! Just wish I had it from the beginning!Published 1 month ago by J. HIND