The secret to Calm and Confident Parenting. An official Gina Ford website


Personal Consultations: recent case Gina has solved

Gina offers a personal telephone consultation service to parents of young babies and toddlers who are struggling with feeding, sleeping and behavioural problems. Over the last twenty years Gina has helped over 10,000 parents resolve serious sleeping and feeding issues.

For more details of one to one telephone consultations with Gina click here

Read recent testimonials

Arthur aged six months - early morning waking

My youngest son Arthur is six months old and I have an older son who I successfully put on Gina's routine. For over a month now my younger son wakes up at 5.30am. In the beginning I was feeding him with formula between 60 and 100 ml and he was settling back till 7am but recently he wakes up at 5.30am and he does not want to go back to sleep despite me give him some milk. His bedtime was 6.00 - 6.30 and lunchtime nap was 12-12.30

I talked to the paediatrician and she suggested that I move the lunchtime nap onward so the bedtime was slightly later. He still wakes up at 5.30. He normally gets up at 5.30 has some milk and then around 7 am I give him the rest of his milk (60-100 ml) around 8.15 he's tired and he naps for 30-45 min. Afterwards he is tired again and I put him to bed at 9.30 for a quick nap till 10am. Around 11.30 he has his lunch with vegetables, proteins and fruit. Around 1pm I put him to bed for his lunch nap which can vary between 1 to 2hrs (most of the time). At 2.30-3.00 pm he has his milk (150 -180 ml of milk).

Depending on how much he napped he has a cat nap during late afternoon around 4.30. At 5pm he has vegetables, then his bath and then I give him cereal with milk with a spoon. At 6.30 I give him some milk (60-100 ml). At 7pm he goes to bed although he is ready for bed at around

I am not sure if the daily need of milk is satisfied or not... that's why I give him the milk at 6.30 and consequently I stopped waking him up for the 10 pm feed... anyway with or without the 10pm feed he is waking up at 5.30. He can wake up other times during the night for pacifier or he sleeps with his brother but I am worried he wakes him up whenever he cries. His first two teeth have been coming through for the last month... but I give him some homeopathic teething powder if he is in a lot of pain. What can I do more in order to avoid him waking up so early?


Contact Us

The copyright and all other like proprietary rights in this website, its contents and all materials made available through the website, are exclusively owned by Limited or Gina Ford. Use of this website is at all times subject to applicable terms and conditions. Web site created and maintained by Gina Ford, the Contented Baby team, and and