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The Complete Sleep Guide For Contented Babies and Toddlers Paperback – 6 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912673
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"for an astonishing number of mothers, she has proved a saviour. "Gina babies", as they are known, are happy and they sleep" (The Daily Telegraph)

"The Delia Smith of parenting - draws on thirty years' experience to tell you how to nurture the perfectly happy baby - for the many thousands who've tried it, Gina's book is a Godsend" (You Magazine)

"'It is hard to overestimate the good she has done. She has saved thousands of parents from the misery of sleepless nights...How to reward this great benefactor of mankind?...My wife takes the view that only sainthood will do.'" (Peter Oborne, Political Editor The Spectator)

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A guide to peaceful nights from Gina Ford, the popular authority on calm and confident parenting

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When my son was 6 months old, he was still waking up 3-4 times a night. Every time I put him back to bed, I couldn't get back to sleep myself, knowing that he was going to wake up again anyway...I couldn't think straight, I was so knackered. My health visitor couldn't help, my GP told me it was normal and I was beginning to feel really low.

One day a lady in the park recommended reading this book. I thought, why not, I have nothing to lose. Well, it was an eye-opening experience! After reading it - it made loads of sense - I went out and bought the Contented Little Baby Book too (I was warned off that book by loads of people, so I never touched it before 2 months ago!). That weekend I started putting him on the routines and used the advice from the sleep book and guess what? After a few nights, HE STARTED SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! I could hardly believe it the first night, but then it just continued. I feel so stupid for listening to all the negative comments about Gina Ford books, instead of reading them myself and making my own mind up. My darling baby boy is 10 months old now and he is an outrageously happy kid! We are seriously considering having some more children now...

If you are a new mum, struggling to cope with lack of sleep or simply someone who wants to understand their baby more, then I hugely recommend you to buy this no-nonsense sensible book. It is simply fantastic!
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Really useful book for tackling any common sleep problems in little babies and older toddlers and it has good suggestions for helping to solve them. I'd say its useful to have an idea of Gina Ford's routines suggested in her New Contented Baby Book while reading it but it is good as a stand alone book too.
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I've followed the CLB routines with both my daughters (now aged 1yr and 5yrs)and wouldn't have it any other way! Many people comment on how happy and contented they are and a lot of that must be due to the amount of solid sleep they both get.
I found the book a very useful addition to the CLB book, as it covers so much information on sleep in more detail than could be afforded in the CLB.
It covers how much sleep you should expect your baby/toddler to need, from birth to 3 years old (and the importance of a routine).
As the book is split into 6 chapters, you can quickly go to the section that's applicable to your babies age.
As with the other Gina Ford books, it contains many detailed case studies of when things have gone wrong. It is very comforting to read how other people get things wrong too, but that the problems can be corrected!
As a parent, one of the most frustrating things is the fact that just as you get used to a certain routine with your baby...they go and change it! Because babies needs are ever-changing, it is so handy to have this book to dip back into for reassurance.
Well worth a read!
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The Complete Sleep Guide is really based on a concept of trying to manage the sleep patterns of your child by structuring their sleeping and feeding routine. In my opinion (as a bit of a clock watcher) I found this idea of using routine throughout the day particularly attractive and did not hesitate to buy the book. Also many people have commented on how, after reading this book, there lives (particularly the amount of sleep they were getting) improved. However I stark warning, this book is not for the faint hearted. If you are the type of person who struggles to not go and cuddle your child when they have been crying for about 30 seconds, be prepared! This book advises you to leave your baby for a much longer time checking on them at regular intervals.
As stated I do think the idea that Gina Ford is trying to communicate to the reader is a good one, particularly for the parents who are struggling to get any sleep at night. However she communicates it poorly. As a parent, I like things that are practical and easy to take in. This book is not one of them. In order for you to fully put the concepts into practice you do have to really read it and concentrate on what the author is trying to say. There is very little structure, with the author darting from one age group to another and spends more time highlighting different opinions on ideas such as how often to comfort your child when they are crying, than actually saying what idea is the best. As a parent we are bombarded with ideas, opinions and criticisms on how to raise our children and yet with each bit of advice, includes the metaphorical small print stating "At the end of the day you chose the best ideas for you and your child".
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so im a first time mum, breastfeeding, a bit of a hippy and I've read the reviews of this book. My friends call Gina ford the baby Hitler due to the strict routines, so why did i buy this book?

well i bought 3 differing books for 3 differing views on the subject:
this one obviously
Elizabeth pantleys no cry sleep solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night: Foreword by William Sears, M.D.
and dr marc weissbluths healthy sleep habits happy child
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A step-by-step programme for a good night's sleep

I bought these books when my daughter was about 3 weeks old, she would not stop screaming! I'm talking 14 hrs continuous screaming unless on the breast. how exhausting. I was convinced it was something i was doing wrong with her sleep patterns. It turns out a little later that it wasn't to do with her sleep but reflux disorder. (thanks to Ina mays book for helping me recognise the symptoms)
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding.

these 3 books have many similarities in advice but also a lot of differences. I don't agree with Gina fords crying it out method or the very strict routines, but as a new mum i had no idea what a routine should look like, or what a feeding pattern through out the day should look like.
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