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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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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!
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".Read more ›
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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If you like military action and regime and think you're not a 'soft' mommy then this is a great gude. Would recommend reading it before baby arrivesPublished 11 days ago by drsana
Very useful and although we're not strictly following the recommendations. The book has a lot of casestories that are quite helpful as we have found ourselves in many of the same... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Don't follow the advice of this childless novellist. Crying out is harmful. Choose gentle parenting instead. Co-sleeping, baby wearing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorottya Abraham
My son is 12 weeks old and is now sleeping 8-3 am. Wakes fir milk at 3 and goes back down till 7 which is brilliant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Brook
Cruel strategy! I tried it for half an hour and gave up! I prefer lack of sleep for my whole life than any traumatic disorder for my baby!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Horribly strict and promotes leaving your baby to cry it out even until they are physically sick - please avoid this book and any other Gina Fraud. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly