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

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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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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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I am a first time Mum and felt that I needed guidance with my baby. I had heard people speak of Gina Ford and so decided to buy her book. Ms. Ford is very confident about her views of how to handle a baby's sleep pattern and some of it is common sense - room temperature, number of blankets, sleep when the baby sleeps, 7am-7pm timetable etc. I wish to say to mothers, especially first time mothers like myself who are not so confident about their own judgement, that it's ok not to follow the "rules" in a book like this and to follow your own instincts. I found that I didn't agree with Ms Ford as far crying down is concerned nor with some of her other opinions and theories and we have never needed blackout curtains in order for our baby to sleep through the morning sun,

In particular, she has a theory that if you rock your baby to sleep, nurse him/her or they fall asleep basically anywhere but in their cot, that you are setting a precedent and that after that your child will not go to sleep in any way except this way. She recommends that if they fall asleep in a way other than just putting them in their cot awake, that you should wake them back up as you are putting them into their cot! Our baby falls asleep various different ways all the time - in the bed with me, while nursing, being rocked, on his father's shoulder and just in his cot. We never ever wake him purposefully when we are transferring him back to his cot and we have never had a problem with him demanding just one single method of going to sleep as Ms Ford suggests will happen.

The bottom line is, Ms Ford has some good advice in this book that is useful but do not be afraid disagree with it and go with your own better feeling on how to deal with your own child . You know best and frankly Ms Ford's ways may not suit you and your baby. One size does not fit all when it comes your relationship with your baby.
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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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