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The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting Paperback – March 5, 2013
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“For an astonishing number of mothers, she has proved a savior.”—The Daily Telegraph (UK)
About the Author
Gina Ford is a bestselling child care expert in Great Britain. A nationally recognized name as a maternity nurse, she now runs a consulting service and the popular Contented Baby Web site. She has published more than twenty parenting books.
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Our experience has by and large been very good. The structure gives us a feeling of control and stability. Without it I think our household would be far more anxious and chaotic. When you are sleep deprived, emotionally exhausted, recovering from a major body trauma and your brain just isn't working how it should do, it really helps to have a framework to fall back on. A manual of sorts. It isn't easy. It doesn't work all the time. But having a structure and essentially pressing a reset button every day is very comforting for everyone involved in this brand new relationship. I don't think we could follow every little detail in the book and have tried to remain a bit flexible. But the routine and structure helps both us and the baby, so it is a win win there.
Sure, it ties you initially to being at home for the baby's nap times which may curtail your outings somewhat. But we found that ensuring our little one gets the right amount of wake/nap time during the day means we all ultimately get a good nights sleep. That is a sacrifice we are very happy to make. We have veered off the philosophy a few times, wanting to take the little guy out and about on long day trips. The end result was some sleepless nights and us chipping away at each other for a day or so afterwards. Nobody was happy.
Ultimately only you will know if this sort of thing suits your personality and if it doesn't then that's totally understandable. It's not been easy at times but having stuck it out we've definitely noticed some good results. The little man is becoming more and more predictable in his feeding and sleeping patterns by the day. Time will tell if it pays of the way we think it will. We have some real world examples of friends that have done it this way, and those that have not. And the picture of the families that have followed the Gina Ford method is definitely one that we prefer.
Whichever direction you choose good luck!!!
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When it comes to setting up a routine for the baby and helping them to sleep, this book was by far the best. Initially, I found the routine to be very restrictive and a pain to follow. I only started my baby on her recommended schedule when my baby was around 12 weeks old, given he was born as a late preemie at 36 weeks. It took at least a couple of weeks to even be able to follow the first phase of the set routine. However, a friend of mine swore by this method, so I stuck with it.
Our baby started sleeping through the night (11 hours) by the time he was five months old. When he was four months old, he still woke up two to even four times a night, so I was convinced this method wasn't working. Then, somehow it just happened. He started dropping his night feedings one by one... The routine set for the baby makes intuitive sense and makes sure he/she doesn't get overtired. My baby is now almost 7 months old, but he still sticks to the basic schedule Ms. Ford sets out. He is never awake for longer than three hour stretches and loves the routine. She also encourages the baby to fall asleep on his own and that makes all the difference.
Many of my friends still have a lot of difficulty getting their baby to sleep - all I can say is that getting your full night's sleep back, is absolutely a luxury.
This is really the only book you need to help your baby sleep.