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The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting [Format Kindle]

Gina Ford
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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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Contented Little Baby Book, based on Gina Ford's personal experience of caring for over 300 babies, was first published in 1999. It quickly established Gina as an influential new authority on baby and childcare issues and has remained one of the bestselling parenting books in the UK.

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:

- Preparation for the birth

- How the routines evolved and the benefits of following a routine

- Milk feeding in the first year

- Understanding your baby's sleep

- Establishing a routine

- Introducing solid food in line with government and World Health Authority guidelines

- Common problems in the first year.

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.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 conseils rassurants pour de nouveaux parents 19 mars 2007
Par Val
Excellents conseils pour de nouveaux parents. Le sous-titre pourrait être "comment donner un rythme de vie à son bébé sans stress".

Bourré de conseils pratiques sur le sommeil et la nutrition mais aussi le jeu avec son bébé.

Exemple le plus utile : comment habituer son enfant à faire la différence entre le jour et la nuit.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un livre excellent avec plein de bon conseils 18 octobre 2011
Par Karcy
The New Contented Little Baby Book est un livre excellent. Il faut le lire attentivement dans son entiereté, car les fameuses "schedules" ne sont pas là pour être suivies mot-à-mot et le livre explique bien comment les mettre en place et les ajuster si nécessaire pour votre bébé. Notre bébé pleurait beaucoup et en suivant les conseils du livre il est devenu un petit garçon tout souriant et content. A recommander!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Déception 7 juillet 2011
Par JOhannA
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On m'avait beaucoup parlé de ce livre comme étant LA méthode pour un bébé calme et qui dort la nuit. Le principal intérêt de ce livre réside dans les routines à suivre pour que le bébé puisse dormir entre 11h et 07h du matin. Sauf qu'un enfant n'est pas une poupée et qu'on ne peut pas lui faire faire ce qu'on veut. S'il dort, on peut faire tout ce qu'on veut pour le réveiller, il dormira tout de même.
Théoriquement, un livre instructif. En pratique, peu d'intérêt.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Very bad advice for breastfed babies 8 juillet 2004
Par Un client - Publié sur
The advice in this book should come with a strongly worded health warning: it can be DANGEROUS for breastfed babies. Trying to follow Gina Ford's routine can lead to not establishing a good milk supply -- or reducing the milk supply once it is established -- and babies consequently not putting on weight and growing as they should.
Ford expresses sympathy with women who want to breastfeed their babies, and gives some partially accurate advice for establishing a good milk supply in the early days. However her book is riddled with so many innaccuracies that if you try to follow it "to the letter", as she insists you must, it is inevitable that you will have to provide top-ups of formula before your baby turns one, whether you want to do this or not, or risk damaging your baby's health and growth.
Ford is very critical of "feeding on demand" (less judgementally known as "baby-led feeding") and blames it for all sorts of behavioural and sleeping problems. She proposes a feeding schedule instead. She rightly points out that health professionals advise women to "feed on demand" because this is the only way to ensure that a baby gets as much milk as she needs. What she fails to address is how her feeding routines can ensure that a baby will get enough milk to meet his needs.
Here are just a few of the problems with Ford's breastfeeding advice:
1) For women whose babies are having sleep problems, she recommends that you express your milk at a usual feeding time on the theory that this will show you how much milk your baby is getting. WRONG. A woman's body responds to her baby in a different way than to a pump, and breastfed babies are more efficient at getting milk from the breast. Expressing will NOT tell you how much milk your baby is getting.
2) Ford states that feeds need to be spaced 3 hours apart because it takes the baby this long to digest breastmilk, so feeding more often than 3-hourly may cause gas problems. There is NO scientific evidence to support this belief. And if you examine Ford's routines, some of her feeds are scheduled 3 hours apart. If it takes the baby 1/2 an hour to finish a feed, this leaves only 2 1/2 hours in between feeds for it to be digested. So even Ford's routines don't adhere to this schedule. (Incidentally, a windy baby may breastfeed more often because this helps to RELIEVE wind.)
3) Breastfed babies who are fed as often as they wish to feed, do not need any additional fluids during hot weather, because the composition of breastmilk changes -- thus more foremilk is available to naturally increase their intake of fluids. The key however is to feed the baby as often as they wish. Breastfeeding on a schedule could lead to a baby becoming dehydrated in hot weather. Ford never addresses this possibility. (Giving water between feeds is not the answer, as this can fill up the baby's stomach and reduce their hunger, thus replacing some of the breastmilk which he or she needs for optimum growth.)
4) To avoid the "inconvenience" of feeding more often when a baby is going through a growth spurt, Ford recommends having a stock of expressed breastmilk available so that you can just give the baby more milk at his usual feeding times, rather than feeding the baby more often. There are two problems with this. Firstly, the composition of breastmilk changes over time to keep pace with the growing baby's needs. Furthermore, when a baby feeds more often it signals to the mother's body that the baby needs more milk, thus increasing her supply. Continuing to feed on a rigid schedule during a growth spurt may mean that the milk supply does not increase adequately to meet the baby's needs.
5) At one point in this book Ford states that a feed from one breast "can be classed as" half a bottle feed. Though her wording is vague, this seems to indicate that she believes a baby feeding from one breast is receiving the same amount of milk as a bottlefed baby who drinks half the milk in a bottle. This is an absolutely ridiculous idea, and suggests that mothers should be restricting breastfeeds in a completely arbitrary way to bring them in line with the number of times a bottlefed baby would be fed.
6) Ford says that once protein has been introduced at lunchtime, a baby no longer "needs" a milk feed at this time and that the milk will interfere with the absorption of iron from the protein. This is true of dairy products, but not of breastmilk. The iron in breastmilk is far more readily absorbed by the baby than that in dairy products (including formula). Dropping the breastfeed at lunchtime -- especially if the baby still needs and wants it -- will thus reduce the amount of iron that the baby gets overall.
7) As the baby grows older Ford recommends dropping breastfeeds so that by the time the child is one, they are only receiving two breastfeeds per day, in the morning and at night. This is not consistent with the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and breastfeeding experts worldwide that breastmilk should remain a baby's primary source of nutrition for all of the first year. Furthermore, once a baby is only breastfeeding twice a day, the mother's body is receiving the signal that a baby is almost weaned, and therefore only needs a small quantity of milk -- which in most cases will not be enough to enable the baby to sleep through the night, thus leading to the night wakings that Ford's routine is designed to avoid at all costs.
Ford's advice may well be suitable for bottlefed babies. However she is very ill informed about the physiology of breastfeeding, and for her to offer such inaccurate advice on breastfeeding is highly irresponsible and potentially dangerous for the health of babies. I would recommend that both she and her publisher seriously consider amending future editions of this book to state that its advice is only suitable for bottlefed babies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Saved our life 23 avril 2007
Par Ren - Publié sur
UPDATE;: I wrote the review below after using TCB with my son, who is now 2 1/2 (and still sleeps all night!). I just had a baby daughter, and am compelled to write again because last night, at 7 1/2 weeks, she slept through the entire night for the first time. This book is not a fluke. I will say, however, that it is VERY important that you read the entire book and not just start with the schedules. There is a method to the madness, and it is important to understand what you are trying to achieve with the schedules (fit most of child's nutritional needs in during the day, and sleep needs in during the night). Remember that Ford is writing a book for the 2 million + babies out there, so her conclusions are what GENERALLy works for MOST babies. Every baby is different. That's another reason to read the entire book carefully -- there are some very important pieces of information buried in the text, in the Q&A sections, and in the case studies, which address problems people have had with the schedule and suggestions to fix them (e.g., what if you have a "sleepy" baby, or a "hungry" baby? What if baby keeps waking up even after getting a little older? What if you get off-schedule due to outings, etc., in the early days?). I will say that there is nothing "radical" about her schedules -- I sent my son to day care at 3 months and guess what? They had a scheduled morning nap, and a scheduled afternoon nap. Babies will tend toward this routine on their own, the book just helps you to get them along a little faster. Oh, and I have had no problem bonding with my kids on this schedule -- in fact, I am so well rested I enjoy them thoroughly!


This book was a godsend. I think it goes without saying that you will be unable to follow Ford's schedules to the minute, but by giving you a general pattern, she gives you some predicatibility to your day. I honestly am very puzzled by the people who claim that this book somehow suggests that you starve your baby. Did they read the book? She gives you target feeding times, and suggests that you feed when he's hungry, but slowly stretch out the feeding times (by 5 minutes a day) until you are at the suggested times. In effect, she is supporting the "feeding on demand" theory -- she's just helping you to structure your child's day so that he is "demanding" to be fed at certain times. Put it this way: I followed this schedule while breastfeeding and my son was (and is) consistently in the 90th percentile for height and weight!

I put my son on the schedule at 5 weeks. We had to work hard to keep him awake for the first few weeks so that he would nap at the proper times and at night. Almost immediately he started sleeping from 7-10:30pm very easily, giving me and my husband a real evening back -- we could eat dinner, watch movies, and email, like the old days. He continued to wake up once at night (around 3:30) after the 10:30pm feeding until about 10 weeks, but after that he began sleeping from 11pm to 7am. Best of all, thanks to Ford's suggestions we never got him hooked on a pacifier, or rocking, or any other sleep association -- we put him in the crib wide awake and he babbles to himself until he falls asleep (and plays quietly in his crib in the morning until we come get him)!

One note -- heed Ford's warning about trying to put this plan into effect only with a supportive environment. It does take focus and work, and my mother, who was staying with me at the time, was a total naysayer and constantly tried to sabotage me. However, I stuck with it, and after about a month even she had to admit that the schedule was working both for my son and everyone else. But it would have been A LOT easier if she had gotten on board from the beginning.

Everyone we meet comments on what a happy baby we have, and I tell every pregnant friend I have to get this book. I watch my sister, who has three children who eat at different times of day and stay up to all hours -- she or her husband have to drive their youngest around in a car seat to get him asleep, and he still has a pacifier at 2 1/2 years old -- what a nightmare. She, like many of the other reviewers here, is convinced that this is just how my son "is," and her children would never be amenable to a schedule. Guess she'll never find out...her loss!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I agree--not good for breastfed babies 6 janvier 2009
Par Mary's Grandma - Publié sur
This book obviously works for some people, but I just want to gently warn any pregnant woman who is thinking of buying this book who is also keen to breastfeed her baby. The idea of a perfect routine where my baby slept and ate exactly when I wanted her to was very appealing to me (ha!) and I read the entire book before I gave birth and planned to begin introducing it as soon as I was home from the hospital (oh yes, I was such a first-time mother!).
The truth is... babies don't work like that (well, at least mine didn't!). In my non-professional, totally un-credited opinion, it interferes with the whole baby bonding process to try to strictly regiment their day like this book recommends. It is actually so much easier to go with the flow and watch for the baby's cues to eat and sleep rather than putting them in these 'routines'. I am slightly bitter about this book, because I feel it created awful problems with my breastfeeding. Gina Ford seems to think women mostly give up breastfeeding because of how exhausting it is (it is exhausting, but ask any formula-fed baby's mother if she is exhausted and I know what the answer would be!). Most women give up breastfeeding because they aren't confident about it. There are loads of comments in this book about how you need to express your milk and if you are only expressing 3-4 ounces in the evening, that is definitely not enough (lie, lie, lie!). As a reviewer mentioned below, pumps do not accurately reveal your milk supply and 3-4 ounces is actually completely fine! Actually, if you are breastfeeding as often as the 'professionals' recommend (8-12 times), 3-4 ounces is all they should be eating. This remark in the book made me question my abilities several times. The worst part about it all was that my baby was probably hungry and I didn't feed her because I did what Gina said (stupid, I know, and I still feel guilty about this). She cried and cried in the 7-10pm sleep period when she was just a few weeks old (anyone heard of cluster feeding? That's what she wanted). My milk supply diminished, my baby didn't gain weight properly, and I had to spend a lot of money on a hired electric pump to boost my supply. Not to mention the enormous amount of worry and guilt I felt. I followed the routines to the letter and didn't understand why they weren't working ("what's wrong with meee? what's wrong with my baybeeee?!" all questions you shouldn't have to stress about when you're a new mother). Once I began feeding 'on demand' (or I like what a previous reviewer called it-- 'baby-led'), her weight and my milk supply both increased. Yes, she is 5 months old and sometimes wakes in the night. No, we don't always have as much free time in the evenings as we would like. But our baby is finally happy now and healthy and WAY more content not following this book. Happily, she is still exclusively breastfed. A young baby and the strange lifestyle it creates for a new mother is a confusing, but fleeting period in your life. It is tempting to read all the books and find some kind of manual to get through it, but the secret to calm and confident parenting is to just enjoy your time with these crazy, little individual, gorgeous babies. I wish I had never read this book, it created so many problems that could have been avoided.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish I never read this book 28 juin 2009
Par J. Madden - Publié sur
Be warned! This book is not for everyone!

I write this review as a new mother.

All the advice in this book seemed logical to me at the start before I had my baby. It seemed like I would be able to easily put my baby into a routine and therefore have the happy contented baby that this book promised. I'd also be able to avoid colic and help my baby to grow best because of the "right" amount of sleep.

Then I had my baby!!! My baby COULD NOT fit into this routine, and I spent many hours worrying what I was doing wrong, and felt terribly inadequate and hopeless as I could not make her do the things that the book said she would do. I spent countless hours stressing about her falling asleep in my arms. I worried terribly about using a dummy but gradually "gave in" to the dummy because it made my baby happy.


I strongly believe this book contributed to my post natal depression because it made me feel like I was not good enough a mother because I could not live up to it's standards, and therefore, when my baby suffered from "colic" that it was MY fault.

I found it very confusing and complicated, and the stuff about breastfeeding was confusing also, with a myriad of unanswered questions. I thought my baby and I were doing everything wrong because she would never feed for longer than 5 minutes no matter what I did. I tried everything in the book, went to lactation consultants, did so much research. Because the book made me feel like something was wrong. And she would never take the second breast, and the only solution in the book to this "problem" was to build up my milk supply. I'm sorry if I'm missing something here, but how does making extra milk make my baby take the second breast???

I have thrown this book against the wall and even kicked it across the room in frustration. Being a new Mum and desperately looking for help and answers, I was using this book to try and fulfill that need when it was SO wrong for us.

It was not until I read Sleeping Like a Baby by Pinky Mckay that I was able to relax, gain my own self confidence and start to ENJOY MY BABY.

I have banned myself from reading the contented baby as whenever I do it makes me feel stressed and worried. I am sorry to my baby for putting such high expectations on her. I am sorry for ever buying this book!

It's only good for kindling on the fire now, I will not be responsible for giving this book to someone else.

And in contrast to the book, my baby is VERY happy, I cuddle her to sleep and we use a dummy and we have all kinds of fun and closeness! She even comes INTO MY BED!!! I love it, she plays with my hair and smiles at me at night. I even give her EYE CONTACT at night, and she still falls asleep! I can't believe I listened to advice that told me to avoid eye contact with my baby. I can't imagine how I would feel if my partner avoided eye contact with me at night!

Be careful with this book. Enjoy and love your baby- don't let anyone tell you when not to cuddle your baby. You can tell I feel strongly about this. In a way I am glad we have been through this as it was a learning experience and I now know what NOT to do.

In a word, this book is ridiculous.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Let the Baby Be Your Guide 4 septembre 2007
Par D. Lewallen - Publié sur
I was given this book as a gift from a friend who used it and had a good experience with it. I have been using it for four months. I consider myself well read on a large variety of infant development issues and I found that she incorporates many of the expert opinions of other books into her schedule. She does seem to follow Weisblouth on sleep training, which I personally don't agree with. She is consistent with the No Cry Sleep Solution which is anti "cry it out" on how many hours of sleep a baby needs total and how long and how many naps they should take. These other data points gave me confidence in using her program once I realized that the book had the similar controversy in England as "Babywise" does in the US.

All that being said, my experience has been positive. I have used the book as a guide though. I think part of the controversy is that for her to give you a schedule versus just general advice, she does have to give some times, etc. and it can appear militant to some. If her ranges were too broad, she would negate certain helpful rules such as don't let the baby stay awake for longer than two hours. It is a bit of a Catch 22.

I really appreciate a few really key nuggets - don't let the baby stay awake longer than 2 hours. My child has never ever been inconsolable and the longest he has cried when he is slightly overtired (from not being on the schedule) is 10 minutes. I also like the idea of adding an extra feeding during the day to replace the "dropped one" at night. I loved doing the 5pm feeding, a bath and then a 6pm feeding. I also think the "dream feed" is a great way to let mommy have a reasonable bed time and get a few solid hours of sleep before getting up again. The 7am to 7pm schedule works really well too. My husband and I have wonderful evenings together and I think this has really helped us to maintain our relationship. I do think that the book advocates to feed them well during the day and make sure they have good naps, but not sleep all day long, not starving them, as some suggest. But I think giving them water or sugar water is generally accepted as not a good practice, I have never done this. I really love knowing why my baby is crying. I feel like that really helped me to learn his cues so that when he is off his schedule, I actually know why he is crying.

However, because I believe strongly in creating a healthy attachment, I have not followed the advice on "negative sleep associations". I rock and bounce my child to sleep, he uses a pacifier. I consider myself responsible for helping him soothe himself, until he can do it on his own. I followed this book in conjunction with Happiest Baby on the Block and the No Cry Sleep Solution. What I found was that I could have a nice outline of a schedule using her book, but used Happiest Baby to Soothe my son. Because I don't want to let him cry it out, I am using No Cry Sleep to gently ease him towards falling asleep on his own. The three go together nicely if you use each as a guide.

Some days I throw the schedule completely out of the window if he need me to. But I always start the next day at 7am, using her book as a guide. Alas, I have not experienced the miracle of having my child sleep through the night. He dropped all his night feedings for 4 nights in a row but then starting waking again. It was advised to me to let him cry it out at that point, it probably would have been the opportune time to do so, but I personally don't believe that is the right decision for us. He gets up anywhere between 2am and 4am for a feeding. I am happy to continue to do this as long as he needs, as he is 100% breastfeed and I am generally rested enough that I don't mind getting up with him. He eats quickly and I am off to bed again.

I cannot say if it is coincidence but my child is extremely happy. He has been able to play by himself since he was quite young under his mobile or in his bouncy seat. He is happy to sleep all night and take all naps in his "big crib". He smiles all the time and people constantly comment on how happy he is.

It is not practical to do this schedule to the minute and leave your house for errands and social dates. But I can say that the days that I am home all day with him and he is most closely following the schedule, he is the happiest. Also, I never delayed feeding him so he could stay militantly on the schedule. He was premie and doubled his weight at 8 weeks and is on schedule to triple well before his one year birthday. He went from the 5% to the 33% in 8 weeks on this program.

I think the most helpful reviews on this controversial book probably come from parents who have either tried and love the book or tried it in earnest and hated it. I tried it and liked it, with the caveats noted above.
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