The New Contented Little Baby Book - Gina Ford
The New Contented Little Baby Book
by Gina Ford
The secret to calm and confident parenting.
New, Paperback, 240pp
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About the book
The practical advice for coping day-to-day is what makes THE NEW CONTENTED LITTLE BABY BOOK unique. Gina’s routines lead parents by the hand through every aspect of caring for their newborn and helping solve feeding and sleeping problems in older babies. The revised edition has been reorganised in line with feedback from readers. It is more user-friendly, informative and reassuring than ever before. Divided into eight sections, this new edition contains detailed, prescriptive information on everything parents need to know to guide them successfully through their baby's first year of life, including:
Preparation for the Birth
Gina gives practical advice on what you need to prepare before your baby arrives. Her tips on baby equipment will help you through the minefield of choice in the shops – and could save you money. Whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, Gina’s clear list of feeding equipment will help you to be prepared.
Why Follow a Routine?
This is a completely new chapter explaining how the routines evolved and why they are so successful. It includes a question and answer section for parents-to-be, so they have a clear understanding of the routines. Gina explains why her routines meet a baby’s feeding and sleeping needs, ensuring that a baby never needs to cry to be fed, nor gets over-tired or distressed from over-stimulation.
Milk Feeding in the First Year
Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your new baby, this chapter answers all your questions about establishing feeding, why feeding can go wrong and why Gina’s methods are so successful. All advice has been revised in line with the latest World Health Organisation and UK Department of Health guidelines on breastfeeding and weaning. This chapter also includes expert advice on expressing milk and offers a new special routine for mothers who are returning to work.
Understanding Your Baby’s Sleep
This chapter will help you to understand your baby’s natural sleep rhythms. It considers why demand feeding can go wrong and explains how your baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns are related. Gina answers a range of questions about sleeping and deals with early morning waking. A good bedtime routine is key to a peaceful night’s sleep for your baby. Gina explains why and how to establish this and how her routines lead to healthy long-term sleep patterns.
Establishing the Contented Little Baby routines
The wealth of information in this chapter about structuring milk feeds and daytime sleep during the first year will ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of your baby’s needs. Once you understand the theories behind the routines, you will know how to use them to suit your child’s individual needs and adjust them if required.
The CLB Routines for the First Year
At the heart of the book are Gina’s nine unique week-by-week routines from birth to 12 months. They include detailed information about what signs to look for when your baby is ready to move on to the next routine, and practical advice about the changes to be made to the routine. Along with the background information, this guide is your direct route to a contented baby.
Introducing Solid Food
Gina’s advice on weaning is in line with the latest recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the UK Department of Health. This chapter explains how to wean your baby safely, introducing the right kinds of food at the right times. Along with clear advice about how to prepare food and what foods to avoid, this chapter tackles the subject of early weaning and answers a new batch of questions covering common queries.
Common Problems in the First Year
A new, in-depth, trouble-shooting chapter that covers the most common problems parents face during the first year, and how to deal with them. Clearly organised into sleeping and feeding problems, this chapter offers advice and answers for parents of older babies who have fed on demand and are struggling to get their baby into a routine. Gina also gives extensive advice, support and easy-to-follow guidelines for parents of older babies who start to drop daytime feeds, but continue to wake in the night hungry and looking for a feed.
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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