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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic book..just don't follow it to the letter!, 21 Oct. 2007
I read this book from cover to cover (several times)when i was expecting and loosely implemented it when my daughter was born and have to say have found it absolutely invaluable in raising my little girl who is now 9 months. I think the trick is to follow it, but not to the letter (also to read the book thoroughly and really 'know' it). Most of what Gina advocates is absolute common sense. Yes..it is very rigid if you stick to it 100% but we didn't do that. We took Gina's basics and based our schedule on her ideas. I didn't even try to get my daughter into any kind of routine for the first 4 weeks or so but then (based on Gina's routines)i helped her gently find a pattern of eating and sleeping that suited both her and me. She was sleeping 11-7 by ten weeks and was sleeping 7-7 by 5 months.(she's bottle fed and weaned at 5 months). She is now 9 months old and she always has been, still is and hopefully will continue to be a very contented happy little baby. I really believe this is mostly down to the routines we've followed and the way in which i've applied Gina's theories. She's thrived on a routine...She is happy, bubbly and only ever really cries when she is tired or hungry. I have never had to leave her to cry it out...if you read the book correctly Gina does not advocate that. I was a first time very anxious mum in need of abit of support and a push in the right direction. Gina gave us that and i am now the proud, confident mum of a wonderful baby...it worked for us!! Buy it..and read it before the baby's born!