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The Contented Little Baby: The Simple Secrets of Calm, Confident Parentting Paperback – October 1, 2001
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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 me she was an absolute godsend', Kate Winslet, Baby & You ."It is hard to overestimate the good she has done...How to reward this great benefactor of mankind?...My wife takes the view that only sainthood will do.", Peter Osborne, Political Editor, The Spectator .'"I devoured it (Contented Little Baby Book) in one sitting. It was hilarious. The claim that a baby of five months could be trained to sleep from 7am to 7pm made me laugh out loud. Little did I realise that this was the start of my conversion to the gospel according to St Gina. That Gina Ford would soon acquire an almost divine status in my life....I look back on my BGE (Before Gina Era) and think of how many of my babies has cried and cried as I ever more desperately struggled to get them to sleep....My only regret, of course, is that Gina did not write her book years ago, when my older children were born. I look in the mirror and wonder what a difference that would have made to the bags under my eyes. If motherhood had always been as easy as it seems this time, I might not have had five children - but 10. Maybe Ruth Kelly's secrets is that she has a copy of St Gina."', Martine Oborne, Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- The baby was sleeping through the night by week 2
- The feeding schedule works if you follow it diligently
- Helps set guidelines for what to expect with child development
- It is a controlled and "selfish" approach at parenting
- Can seem cruel to third parties unfamiliar with the techniques
First off, every baby is different. We are very lucky that our baby has been easy and took to the schedule almost immediately. We really only read about 70-80% of the book and applied about 60% of the techniques. We followed the techniques closely and never strayed too far. Some key takeaways (and again, every baby is different!):
1) Getting the feeding schedule down is the backbone. The book is very detailed with the feeding schedule and amount to feed at each meal. We followed each and every word of the schedule for the first 6 months. There were only 2 memorable nights where I had to wake in the middle of the night. My wife and I sleep 8 hours every night since our baby was born.
2) Don't be a softy and give in, stick with the schedule. You will be tempted to feed when she cries, let her nap when she dozes. Don't give in. Especially early on, every minute you stray from the schedule is potentially another minue you'll be awake in the middle of the night. Straying from the schedule has a cascading effect that throws off the schedule for the next day, then the next. The grandparents hated how we allowed our baby to cry and kept the baby awake, but in the end, my wife and I are the ones that suffer the consequences of an off-schedule.
We had our baby within 2 weeks of my wife's sister. Her sister is a stay at home mom and has a laissez faire approach. She's had many many sleepless nights for feedings, sleep cycle reversals etc. Every baby is different, so it is hard to say how effective the techniques are. All I can say is that it seems to have worked for us. Our book is all beat up with dog ears and notes around each of the feeding schedules. We've abandoned the book at around 6 months, as we have been very lucky with our baby, and no longer need the tips and tricks. We are believers, and will definitely be following the same guidelines when we have our second and third!
Some of the suggestions are utterly unreasonable such as the baby should entertain himself for 1.5 hrs on the mat and baby should be woken up from his nap as well as baby should nap 45 minutes. There are many more.
I am completely for routines but within realistic and reasonable boundaries.