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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,

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.

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'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.

Parents 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
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.

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.

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