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The Contented Baby's First Year: The secret to a calm and contented baby: A Month-by-month Guide to Your Baby's Development Hardcover – 19 Jul 2007
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"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 an astonishing number of mothers she has proved a saviour" (Daily Telegraph)
"For me she was an absolute Godsend" (Kate Winslet)
A beautifully illustrated guide to your baby's first year from Britain's bestselling childcare expertSee all Product Description
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The useful information is presented in an easy-to-read manner with simple bullet points relating to the chapter and coloured text boxes highlighting helpful tips, which are great for quick reference purposes, although there is a complete index at the end.
Many questions and common problems are tackled and answered in an explicit, clear and concise manner providing not only a realistic solution but also an explanation as to why these problems occur in the first place so as to avoid them in the future.
Though it could be read alone, I feel that "The Contented Baby's First Year" would be much better appreciated as an accompaniment to "The (New) Contented Little Baby Book". It offers wonderful and easy suggestions and advice, which genuinely help the development of a child and positively enhance the experience of raising one.
Not a single aspect of a baby's first year - for both mother and baby - has been overlooked. This is a book to keep and treasure.
If you believe that every baby is identical, crying indicates a pathology and you are prepared to feel inadequate in every way, then this book is for you. If, on the other hand, you are pragmatic and are just looking for some guidance, then this book is definitely not for you. Instead, I would recommend "Your baby week by week (Dr Caroline Fertleman)"
The contrast between the two books is remarkable. Both my wife and I had exactly the same opinion:
1) Gina Ford is far too prescriptive and opinionated. She has the attitude that if the baby isn't crying the exact amount of time she has prescribed, then there is something wrong with the way you are handling your child because, "in her experience" she has never encountered a child who didn't abide by her rules. Honestly, reading her book leaves you with a sense of foreboding and panic. It is completely inflexible and, in my opinion, non-pragmatic.
2) The "Week by week" book, by comparison, is far more pragmatic and gives more realistic and sensible guidance that leaves you feeling relaxed and well prepared (well... as prepared as you can be). There are simple things mentioned which seem completely obvious once mentioned (for example, the baby will probably sleep very well after the birth because it is also tired but it will pick up energy over the coming week and will cry a lot more by the end of the first week.) There are lots of similar explanations that are simple, helpful and comforting.
My wife and I had exactly the same opinion and we both love the "Week by week" book but cannot tolerate the indignation and unwavering smugness of Gina Ford's book.
In summary, we definitely do not recommend this book.
I thought the photos were nice and some of the babycare information was good however this could all be got elsewhere in more detail, i.e. Miriam Stoppard, 'What to expect' books etc.
If you are a fan of Gina and would like to get your baby into a routine as early as possible this book is for you. However be warned it may make you feel a little inadequate as the months go on!!
But seriously, this book is for everyone. It does sit side by side quite sweetly with the Contented Little Baby book series', but if you're not a fan of these, or any other routines, then you can take heart and buy this book with confidence, as it really isn't wholly focused on routines at all. Plus, it would make a delightful gift to any parent - mum or dad!
In summary, whether you're a first time parent or a tenth timer, this book will be a welcome addition to your parenting bookshelf, and by the time the twelve months are over, a well thumbed one at that!
Just one more thing, I couldn't possibly review this book without mentioning the babies that are featured in it. They're simply too cute and squishy to forget, and the photography, lighting and illustration is simply, well, stunning!
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Not a big fan personally. Too many rules that just make you worry quite frankly. It's for parents who want to give their child a strict regime but this is not how I choose to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic, had one ten years ago with my first and again with the secound. Still helpedPublished 2 months ago by Shopper
Gina Ford has her own unique way of doing things and for us, she is wrong.
My wife became very upset just by reading the books so buy with care. Read more