The Complete Sleep Guide for Contented Babies and Toddlers - Gina Ford
The Complete Sleep Guide for Contented Babies and Toddlers
by Gina Ford
Discover the secret to a rested, contented little baby or toddler...
New, Paperback, 183pp
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About the book
The tried-and-tested methods outlined in The Complete Sleep Guide for Contented Babies and Toddlers have already worked for thousands of parents and babies all over the world. Whether parents want to establish good sleeping habits from the start, or find they need to cure a problem and get their child back on track, Gina Ford has the answers.
Sleep, or rather the lack of it, is the issue of paramount concern to the overwhelming majority of new parents. Getting enough sleep is vital for the health of a growing baby or toddler, and the sanity of mums and dads. Yet striking the right balance between their differing needs can be hard to achieve. Once sleep problems set in, they can fast demoralise and exhaust parents, undermining confidence in their ability to cope.
What You'll Find Inside
Gina Ford has come to the rescue with her answer: the key to a good night's sleep for the whole family lies in teaching parents to understand the changing sleep needs of their growing baby. This book informs and reassures parents, dispelling many common myths and anxieties and offering practical solutions that work.
Gina advocates the structuring of feeding and sleeping times in order to ensure that all a young child's needs are satisfied, thereby enabling him quite naturally to start sleeping for longer stretches at night. Most babies raised on Gina's routines start sleeping through from 7pm to 7am at between 4 and 6 months old.
Gina explains what happens during the natural progression of regular light (REM) and deep (non-REM) sleep cycles experienced by young babies, and stresses the importance of certain factors in helping to encourage a regular sleep pattern including:
- Establishing the right sleep associations from an early age
- The importance of a correct, nutritionally balanced diet
- Avoiding overtiredness and over-stimulation
- Where to put your baby to sleep
- Regulating daytime sleep
A clear understanding of how much sleep babies and toddlers need at different stages is essential for maintaining good sleep patterns as they grow. Gina covers in detail what parents can expect and what they should aim for at birth, from 1-4 months, from 4-6 months, from 6-12 months, from 1-2 years and from 2-3 years. She sets out for parents the timings of a typical day and emphasises the importance of a good bedtime routine and the necessity of allowing babies to settle themselves to sleep.
Gina also highlights the many complications that can arise and upset night-time sleep at each stage of development, including:
- Wind and colic
- Dummy dependency
- Early morning waking
- Wrong sleep associations
- Nightmares and night terrors
- Arrival of a new baby
She offers practical advice on how to tackle these problems and includes valuable case studies which demonstrate how her advice helped to resolve difficulties when put into practice in real situations.
For parents who find themselves with a child that has already developed a severe sleep problem, Gina Ford discusses four widely used methods of sleep training; the core night, crying down, controlled crying and gradual withdrawal techniques. She advises how parents can determine exactly what is causing excessive night-time waking and how to select the approach best suited to their child.
About Gina Ford
My philosophy is simple: it's common sense. It’s based on several premises: first and most important the welfare of your precious baby. Then, your own health and peace of mind as parents – it’s no exaggeration to say that broken nights can turn the sanest of human beings into complete wrecks. And finally, the happy life of the family which is always better when there is a contented little baby whose schedule integrates well into that of everyone in the family.
I’ve looked after over three hundred babies in the course of my career. Babies come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments and I think I can safely say I’ve seen them all – and there isn’t one who, in my experience, hasn’t benefited from following my routine. What I offer is real and practical advice on how to establish a good feeding and sleeping pattern from day one, so that you avoid months of sleepless nights, colic, excessive crying, feeding difficulties and many other problems that we are so often told are a normal part of parenting.
Routines teach you to recognise the difference between hunger and tiredness and how to listen to what your baby is really saying. They are all about providing your baby with security and comfort, giving him what he wants before he needs to cry and demand it, and the result is a contented little baby who is likely to sleep the longest spell at night at around six to ten weeks. You’ll also be able to claim a little time back for yourself, which will help you enjoy the experience of parenthood much, much more. It has worked for hundreds of thousands of parents all over the world and it can work for you too – I promise.
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