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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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (19 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912741
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A beautifully illustrated guide to your baby's first year from Britain's bestselling childcare expert

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Format: Hardcover
I was under the initial impression that "The Contented Baby's First Year" was actually an elaborated version of "The Contented Little Baby Book", however was quickly proven wrong. It is in fact, a beautiful book, easily understood and with superb photographs illustrating main points, techniques and levels of a baby's development over its first year, which greatly enhance the adjoining text.

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.

Highly recommended.
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This is a terrible book. It is so regimental that I am surprised it doesn't come with a phone app that chimes each time your baby should feed, poo or smile. Honestly, I felt like I needed to update my Blackberry calendar with each activity!

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.
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I bought this just a few weeks before my first baby was born at the end of last year, I found the first couple of chapters on general baby care and newborn very useful but then as the months went by, Gina seems to imply your baby 'should' be doing this and that and I sometimes felt that my baby didnt measure up to her exacting standards and her patronising tones made me feel inadequate as a first time mother. Her strict routines are well known and of course they are in here, not as detailed as in some of the other books but detailed enough for those of us who seem to muddle through and have babies not so suited to routines.
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!!
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Is how this book has been described, and I have to agree. It is beautifully written and illustrated, and packed full of information useful to not only first time parents, but to second and third timers too! I already have one pre-schooler and found myself wondering just how useful this book would be with my second due in 6 months time....surely I knew it all right? Wrong! I found myself saying things like "ooohh, so THAT's what that was" and "ah-ha - that's what I need to do when this happens!" Even my husband (yep, he read it too!) "exclaimed aloud" a few times....!

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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