The New Contented Little Baby Book
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
best-selling parenting books in the UK. Recommended by parent to
parent, it has become essential reading for over a million families
around the world. It has been translated into four different languages
and is now supported by Gina's informative website, Contentedbaby.com.
2006 sees the publication of the completely revised edition of THE NEW
CONTENTED LITTLE BABY BOOK, containing 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. Whether you are expecting your first
child, or still up in the night with an older baby, this comprehensive
edition contains all the expert guidance you will need to help your
baby feed and sleep well.
The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting.
'This book could be your salvation!' Daily Telegraph
'Although babies do not usually come with a 'how to' manual - this comes close!' You and Your Baby Magazine
'Packed with useful tips, this book is a wonderful, inspiring companion
for new and experienced parents alike' Junior Magazine
Bringing a new baby home from hospital is an extremely daunting
experience for most new parents. Advice is conflicting. Sleep-deprived
nights, a newborn baby's inconsolable crying and the fear of postnatal
depression are the most common anxieties. THE NEW CONTENTED LITTLE BABY
BOOK will help guide you through the first year. Gina's unique strategy
is both easy to follow and amazingly effective. Based on understanding
the needs of individual babies, once a parent has established a
routine, the path to having a happy and contented baby is clear.
This fully revised edition sets out the main principles of Gina's
philosophy: the simple feeding and sleeping routines which she devised
and refined as a result of caring for more than 300 children during her
career as a sought-after maternity nurse. 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.
who are committed to following the routine should be rewarded with a
baby that sleeps through the night (from 7pm to 7am) at between 8 and
10 weeks. Babies raised the Gina way learn to settle themselves to
sleep - an essential skill for life. This edition contains more
information explaining why the routines are so successful. It answers
many new questions and offers a wealth of wisdom from one of the
world's leading childcare experts.
What You'll Find Inside
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
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 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.
The revised edition of THE NEW CONTENTED LITTLE BABY BOOK also contains
fully updated lists of useful resources and recommended books,
including the latest advice from other experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The New Contented Little Baby Book
If you are still struggling to get your newborn to sleep through the night, still getting up throughout the night to feed the little one, or perhaps you are feeling as if no end is in sight, you need to read this book.
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