Editorial Reviews. Review. “For an astonishing number of mothers, she has proved a savior. The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over babies, was first published in It quickly. The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over babies, was first published in It quickly established Gina. No, no, not to the Contented Little Babies. They've been out for the count since 7pm, sharp, just the way you like it. What you are hearing is a.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Dutch|
|Genre:||Politics & Laws|
|ePub File Size:||15.45 MB|
|PDF File Size:||19.45 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
28 Kb PDF. If you don't already have the free Acrobat PDF reader, please click here to download it. Gina Ford's Top Tips for Contented Babies and Toddlers. People who haven't read any of Gina Ford's books often assume that she suggests The routines below show just how different Contented Little Babies can be!. Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby Book became a runaway bestseller when it was first published in She continues to be the number one bestselling.
Apparently this is well controversial and is akin to child cruelty. She sleeps 7pm-7am, with being woken up for a 10pm feeding. Gina's Philosophy Gina's Biography. Breastfeed and social time usually one breast at Thanks for that. Sometimes wakes again with wind before settling for the night around 8. Who will be next as you seek world domination, one contented peer group at a time?
This completely revised edition of The New Contented Little Baby Book contains the most up-to-date advice available to parents. Using the feedback from numerous readers and website members, Gina has been able to develop and elaborate on the information in her first book, while clearly setting out her philosophy on simple feeding and sleeping routines.
By creating routines that match a growing baby's innate natural rhythms, Gina prevents the hunger, overtiredness and colic that can lead to excessive crying.
Babies who are settled into Gina's gentle routines are happy and contented because their needs for food and sleep are appropriately met and they should sleep for their longest spell at night from an early age.
With detailed, prescriptive information on everything parents need to know, this book includes chapters on: Whether you are expecting your first child, or are experiencing difficulties with an older baby, this comprehensive guide contains all the expert guidance you need to help your baby feed and sleep well.
Gina recommends dangerous and damaging routines. Buy 'why love matters' and don't mess up yourself and your baby. Please, please don't follow the routines in this book.
I only give it 1 star as I have to rate it. The book discusses both breast and bottle fed babies the whole way through until the breakdown for the routine and all it gives is how many minutes to be on the breast! The book is a guide, a recommendation, advice and underlines that each baby is different. Of course you do not take every word written in there literally, which some readers seem to.
Whether you are expecting your first child, or are experiencing difficulties with an older baby, this comprehensive guide contains all the expert guidance you need to help your baby feed and sleep well. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 6th by Vermilion first published March 7th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. This book is awful. A friend of mine read it and declared she was either going to burn it or give it to me if I was curious.
To the author Gina Ford, routine is everything. If you compromise your baby's routine, you're damned and doomed. She's against feeding on deman This book is awful. Basically, the book is inhuman.
It treats children like some species of wild animal. It treats parents like they have to be trained not to love their children.
Mothers and babies need love and support, not wagging fingers and blacked out windows and measured-out-to-the-millileter-and-millisecond feeding and nap times.
Please, if you find a copy of this book, burn it too. View all 5 comments. Aug 17, Terry Clague rated it it was ok. In the circumstances, I have to reserve judgement on this one to some degree since there is so much specific ludicrously so, seemingly advice in here - so I'll look at what I've written here toward the end of the year maybe.
Having noted that I was reading the book, my respected friends-with-kids were unanimous in their hatred of the "Queen of routine". I didn't get such a strong reaction myself, but I expect I'm more likely to once the kid arrives - though I will say Ford has an unfortunate te In the circumstances, I have to reserve judgement on this one to some degree since there is so much specific ludicrously so, seemingly advice in here - so I'll look at what I've written here toward the end of the year maybe.
I didn't get such a strong reaction myself, but I expect I'm more likely to once the kid arrives - though I will say Ford has an unfortunate tendency towards smugness which is not going to help in winning over her critics.
Firstly, I have no idea who this woman is - there's no author biography in the book, just vague claims about "my babies". The book employs a "talking in statements" style copyright Rob Langham and supporting evidence is rare.
Thus, you're taking advice on trust from someone who exhibits some classic signs of untrustworthiness.
Well, how unscientific is that? It doesn't appear to occur to her that she doesn't work with a random selection of parents and children - far from it, since she's helping out people who can afford her and - by definition - you could switch the language around and just say that the conclusion from this book is: It seems that the benefits brought about by these books could be somewhat akin to a placebo - if reading this book gives you confidence or reassures you then it can't do any harm.
I think that this approach probably isn't for me - if I had a better memory and could internalize the "golden rules" then perhaps I think there may be some sense in there. As it is, I expect the book would cause more stress in trying to remember things than any possible benefit. I'll probably read the excruciatingly titled "Baby Whisperer" next. One other thought about this: There should be a system where you can claim back the royalties or something. View all 4 comments.
This book scares me. I know so many mothers who feel trying to follow these routines caused them so much stress that it interfered with bonding with their baby. The routines are incompatible with breastfeeding for most people but mothers are not warned about this. Nov 17, Elizabeth rated it did not like it. I buy Gina Forde's ironically named books from charity shops to prevent people reading them. My contribution to humankind.
These books are more of a manual on how to be a shite parent and a lack of confidence on part of the parent. Let the baby be their own individual manual and not ruled by GF iron fist. This isn't parenting. Babies are not to be managed but loved. GF doesn't care if babies grow up to I buy Gina Forde's ironically named books from charity shops to prevent people reading them.
GF doesn't care if babies grow up to anxious or aggressive. This woman needs to be silenced. I'd burn her books but Hitler made that too uncool. GF is probably the cause of many cases of anxiety. I'm too ashamed to mark this book as Read.
Jul 17, Elaine rated it did not like it Shelves: She is one scary woman-- she advocates running a newborn baby's routine like the way you would run the military or boot camp. Any baby could be guaranteed to sleep through the nite by six weeks if he cries himself to sleep.
Sep 07, Lisa rated it did not like it. This book isn't totally dire if you are utterly los and in need a rigid timetable then her routines are spot on in my experience as a nanny and mother but her methods of achieving them are awful. Leaving a newborn to 'wait' blackout rooms, avoid eye contact, timed feeding are all determental to bonding. You are still a parent when the sun goes down.
Gina doesn't seem to understand that babies have emotional needs too she's all about the eating, sleeping and nappy changing. As if the baby is si This book isn't totally dire if you are utterly los and in need a rigid timetable then her routines are spot on in my experience as a nanny and mother but her methods of achieving them are awful.
As if the baby is simply a machine to be programmed rather than a life to be nurtured. Jul 03, Yvonne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 17, TyLean rated it it was ok. I was given this book by my sister-in-law and told to read it with a grain of salt. I did read it, cover-to-cover, 5 months ago, during the last few weeks of my pregnancy.
Parents of infants barely have time to get themselves showered let alone iron bedsheets. I also developed a great deal of skepticism upon reading that Gina Ford does not have childr I was given this book by my sister-in-law and told to read it with a grain of salt. I also developed a great deal of skepticism upon reading that Gina Ford does not have children of her own.
However, having absolutely no experience with babies or children, I decided to reserve judgement on this book until after a few months of real life with a baby. I have a 4 month old baby boy, and I am constantly receiving compliments about how happy, contented and well behaved he is.
He has already been on 4 transatlantic flights and hardly made a peep for any of them. And guess what He sleeps when he's tired. He eats when he's hungry. He plays in between I think Gina Ford's perspective is skewed by the fact that she is a professional who gets called in for children with problems. Therefore, she thinks ALL children will develop problems if they don't follow her routine.
I think that's as silly as thinking that every child who eats sweets will develop diabetes. Babies are individuals, and they all have different personalities. Trying to fit them all into one little box is ridiculous.
I have given this book 2 stars instead of 1 , because there are some good tips, and it is worth keeping habit forming in mind. I'm sure that there are some people who had babies with sleeping problems who have found this book a godsend. It's possible that I may have a second baby in a few years who isn't as contented as my first born and find this book the answer to my problems. However, as general reading for expecting parents, I advise avoiding this book.
Jul 06, Lori rated it it was amazing. Great advice about many many things, given in a non-pushy way. Other books push the advice on you, but this one feels more like suggestions being offered by a friend.
My only complaint is with the section on items to buy. It is outdated, and would be great for the author to provide an update. For example, when looking for a crib, the author says to check the drop down bar to make sure it doesn't squeak and glides easily. When I went to the store looking for said drop down bar, I was told these we Great advice about many many things, given in a non-pushy way. When I went to the store looking for said drop down bar, I was told these were deemed unsafe and outlawed years ago.
The thing to look for now is, since the bar doesn't move, make sure you can lean over it easily to pick up and put down the baby. Other than this one outdated chapter, I learned so much from this book.
We'll have to see how well it does with helping me raise a contented baby in a few months! I think this book is even more amazing now that my baby is fully on schedule at 4 months old. She sleeps 7pm-7am, with being woken up for a 10pm feeding.
From what friends and family and even the pediatrician say, this is pretty amazing! Sep 29, Aija added it Shelves: Jan 22, Kiran rated it it was amazing. I don't care about the controversies over this book; I got a lot out of it. It has really helped to shape the first few months of my daughter's life. It's worth a read even if you don't follow the "routine" as it's laid out.
It gives a lot of good tips and just gives you something to aim for in a day. This book has read like an unwanted advice - like the ones you get from people who comes with general wisdoms, because a they were one of the rare lucky ones and had it easy, or b have no clue about reality.
View all 3 comments. Aug 11, Nicole Naunton rated it liked it. Many friends recommended this book but while at the hospital it was universally scorned by the midwives and nurses. The routines seem so complicated. I can't see how anyone could follow such strict, rigid rules for a baby. Mar 13, Karlie Ritchie added it.
Terrible advice for new mums; how to set yourself up for failure! After reading many books that focused on theory and lacked detailed directions, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, this was too far to the other extreme for me, but I do think it still has a lot to offer.
If you are looking for a very concrete schedule with specific times and detailed instructions, then this is the perfect book for you. At a time when I was still trying to learn about my baby, I found this to be extremely overwhelming to follow and after a few days After reading many books that focused on theory and lacked detailed directions, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for.
At a time when I was still trying to learn about my baby, I found this to be extremely overwhelming to follow and after a few days of waking her for feedings, I learned that my baby objects to being woken up!
I also found that I spent more time stressing over what came next than enjoying time with my baby and I felt that she wasn't particularly supportive of breast feeding. Please don't misunderstand me, she never frowns on it directly and there are entire sections dedicated to it, but since this style of parenting accounts for every detail, not knowing how much a baby has eaten doesn't quite fit with that model.
Especially since a baby who wants to nurse longer than her time allots for throws off the rest of the schedule. That last point has made a HUGE difference for me since knowing how much the baby has eaten takes the guess work out of middle of the night wakings i.
May 12, Merrita rated it it was amazing. I was beyond desperate, had not slept for longer than hrs in any 24hour period and had postnatal depression.