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The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret To Calm And Confident Parenting

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  626 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
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 bestselling parenting books in the UK.

This completely revised edition of The New Contented Little Baby Book contains the most
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 6th 2006 by Vermilion (first published March 7th 2002)
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May 29, 2008 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awful. A friend of mine read it and declared she was either going to burn it or give it to me if I was curious. Now that I've read it I think I may well burn it, lest it fall into the hands of a mother who would be quite fine with her new baby without being told _every second of every day_ what she should be making her child (and herself) do.

To the author Gina Ford, routine is everything. If you compromise your baby's routine, you're damned and doomed. She's against feeding on deman
Terry Clague
Aug 17, 2011 Terry Clague rated it it was ok
In the circumstances, I have to reserve judgement on this one to some degree since there is so much specific (ludicrously so, seemingly) advice in here - so I'll look at what I've written here toward the end of the year maybe.

Having noted that I was reading the book, my respected friends-with-kids were unanimous in their hatred of the "Queen of routine". I didn't get such a strong reaction myself, but I expect I'm more likely to once the kid arrives - though I will say Ford has an unfortunate te
Clare Davidson
Mar 07, 2012 Clare Davidson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book scares me. I know so many mothers who feel trying to follow these routines caused them so much stress that it interfered with bonding with their baby. The routines are incompatible with breastfeeding for most people but mothers are not warned about this. Avoid.
TyLean Polley
May 21, 2012 TyLean Polley rated it it was ok
I was given this book by my sister-in-law and told to read it with a grain of salt. I did read it, cover-to-cover, 5 months ago, during the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Even at the time, I found certain suggestions such as ironing your baby's sheets (which will only be pissed/shat/puked on within 24 hours) absurd. Parents of infants barely have time to get themselves showered let alone iron bedsheets. I also developed a great deal of skepticism upon reading that Gina Ford does not have childr ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my2010reads
this book saved my existence as a descent human being. i was thinking my baby would tell me when he was hungry, wet, tired...WRONG. and i was going insane trying to figure him out. since this maternal instinct has not completely 'kicked in' i needed some help. this book was wonderful in laying down the law and bringing some routine to the day and restored a bit of my confidence.
Dec 28, 2013 Ricki rated it really liked it
I've read 7 books now on baby sleep, and here is what I have learned: Babies are different.

Here are the more memorable books in order from easy to hard. #1 on this list assumes that your baby will be easy and naturally fall into a schedule of naps that works for them and everyone else. On the other end of the spectrum, #6 on this list assumes that your baby needs to be forced into to be a rigid, drill-sergeant schedule, to basically sleep-deprive them during the day so they will sleep 8 hours in
May 16, 2013 Georgina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby
terrifyingly regimented. not for me!
Mar 20, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
Great advice about many many things, given in a non-pushy way. Other books push the advice on you, but this one feels more like suggestions being offered by a friend.

My only complaint is with the section on items to buy. It is outdated, and would be great for the author to provide an update. For example, when looking for a crib, the author says to check the drop down bar to make sure it doesn't squeak and glides easily. When I went to the store looking for said drop down bar, I was told these we
Tina Demas Broccolo
After reading many books that focused on theory and lacked detailed directions, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, this was too far to the other extreme for me, but I do think it still has a lot to offer. If you are looking for a very concrete schedule with specific times and detailed instructions, then this is the perfect book for you. At a time when I was still trying to learn about my baby, I found this to be extremely overwhelming to follow and after a few days ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok
The book might be 50 pages shorter if the author cut out all of the sentences which contain the phrase, "if people followed my routines properly..." The advice, if well-intentioned, comes across as a little heavy-handed. The routines, if they work, seem useful and my wife and I do plan on giving them a go, but even our doctor told us that we shouldn't stick to a strict feeding schedule.

I think there is some valuable information in this book for new parents, such as things you need to get before
Jan 06, 2011 Deanne rated it liked it
The jury is still out for me on this book. I have a couple friends that swear by this book and their babies were sleeping from 7pm to 7am by nearly 12 weeks. This was NOT the case for me.

However, there were a couple tips that I found helpful. Even though I was breastfeeding the author suggests introducing one bottle feed in the late evening (that dad can do) between 2-4 weeks old. This definitely helped me get some much needed sleep early on. And now Archer can seamlessly go from a bottle to bre
Sep 07, 2015 Lisa rated it did not like it
This book isn't totally dire if you are utterly los and in need a rigid timetable then her routines are spot on (in my experience as a nanny and mother) but her methods of achieving them are awful. Leaving a newborn to 'wait' blackout rooms, avoid eye contact, timed feeding are all determental to bonding.
You are still a parent when the sun goes down. Gina doesn't seem to understand that babies have emotional needs too she's all about the eating, sleeping and nappy changing. As if the baby is si
Jun 05, 2014 Tricia rated it liked it
Didn't think that a baby book would be my most controversial book choice of 2014. Don't really get the nazi nanny accusations. Personally found it a useful read. Although glad to be finished and back on to the world of fiction.
Aug 13, 2016 Bri rated it really liked it
This book really does make sense for parents who like predictability, schedules, and a generally old-fashioned view of what's best for babies. Conceptually, it invites parents to anticipate babies' needs (e.g. baby will never scream for food if it's fed regularly and predictably). If you have even the faintest interest in attachment parenting, you should run away screaming, but personally, I found this book useful and wished that I had read it before giving birth.

Ironically I started out doing d
Jul 06, 2014 Lana rated it did not like it
Most of the reviews for this book centre around the "routine" or "no routine" topics. That in itself is very difficult for anybody to agree on as it depends on the parents, the baby, circumstances etc. I have read so far several baby books, talked to many of my friends and based on my own experience I have come to realise that some routine is good and one should have an idea to go with, especially when a first-time parent: for example, how many times to feed, when is it good to go to sleep in th ...more
Sharon Cook
Jun 30, 2014 Sharon Cook rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, baby
I quite liked this book and will be trying out the routines when baby comes along. I have seen very mixed reviews about this book and can understand why. The routines are very rigid and don't seem friendly in that I came away with a lot of how on earth will I leave the house!?...but it has also helped give me a rough guide of what my baby's sleep pattern should be like, how I can help him make the best of it but also give me some room to breathe (you mean I don't need to have ey ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Kiran rated it it was amazing
I don't care about the controversies over this book; I got a lot out of it. It has really helped to shape the first few months of my daughter's life. It's worth a read even if you don't follow the "routine" as it's laid out. It gives a lot of good tips and just gives you something to aim for in a day.
Nicole Naunton
Dec 14, 2011 Nicole Naunton rated it liked it
Many friends recommended this book but while at the hospital it was universally scorned by the midwives and nurses. I took bits & pieces from the book to use, the rest I've ignored. The routines seem so complicated. I can't see how anyone could follow such strict, rigid rules for a baby.
Aug 25, 2009 Phil added it
This is a great book. Very strict in its approach which can be manipulated to suit the parent. Used it for 2 out of 3 children and they have been very content. 1st child a complete nightmare followed all the health visitors advice - complete waste of time says it all.
Jul 17, 2007 Elaine rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
She is one scary woman-- she advocates running a newborn baby's routine like the way you would run the military or boot camp. Any baby could be guaranteed to sleep through the nite by six weeks if he cries himself to sleep.
Jan 09, 2015 Gabidok rated it really liked it
Every parent is different, every baby is different. I took my time to read as many baby theories books as I could. This one works for me and my baby. I suggest the new parent to read open-minded this one and other ones to find their style. Just can say me and my friend had babies at the same time,I followed this book, adapting to my ways of course, and she thought it was horrible at the time and did not follow any of it, as matter of fact she went the very opposite direction. My baby was eating ...more
Karlie Ritchie
Terrible advice for new mums; how to set yourself up for failure!
Katrina Michie
Jan 13, 2016 Katrina Michie rated it it was ok
I don't know, the sleep schedules were helpful, but maybe I could have asked other parents for theirs. It's poorly organized, it should have organized advice by age, instead you have to skim the entire book to figure out what it's advising for your baby. There's also highly questionable advice, like give your baby water in a bottle when s/he wakes up at night, which I'm pretty sure most pediatricians would not recommend before 6 months. I moved onto "The No Cry Sleep Solution" book but kept the ...more
Mikaela Robertson
Mar 27, 2016 Mikaela Robertson rated it it was ok
I read this book while I was five months pregnant, and while I did learn a few things from the book, I’m telling all my friends to stay as far away from it as possible – at least while they’re pregnant! Books like this have a few life stages – the read it to get an idea of what’s ahead stage, the read it closer to the date to make plans stage, and the read it when everything is real and you’re looking for practical help/reference stage. IF you want to read this, leave it to one of the later stag ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Catherine rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I purchased this book after I read the mini version "Top Tips for Contented Babies and Toddlers". I wanted to find out more about the routines the author Gina Ford recommended for a contented baby.

If there was a 'left wing' and 'right wing' school of thought when it comes to baby care this would definitely fall into the extreme right wing. This book recommends a very strict routine. While I think there are some good points in it I also totally disagree with some of the suggestions the author ma
Mar 12, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting-etc
The Complete Sleep Guide is written by a popular British writer and nanny, Gina Ford, that isn't particularly well known in the USA. Unlike many baby books, Ford backs up some of her methods with research as well as personal experience. She is full of logical advice to help fix sleep problems and her advice really works. I also really like that her sleep training advice varies depending on the age of the baby. For newborns she has a sort of in-between method that doesn't advocate pure CIO, but a ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Isabelle rated it really liked it
This book has been so helpful so far in helping me with putting our third child on a good sleeping/feeding schedule. I like how she adjusts her proposed schedules every week or month to accommodate for the gowning child's needs. I like her suggestions for keeping somewhat on track when the baby is sick or growing through a grow spurt and how to get back on track. She also lets you know about when baby normally gets grows spur so you can have a heads up and gives you an idea of how much day time ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Shilpa rated it it was ok
Shelves: baby
The advice in this book would work if only babies were that mechanical! Somewhere along the line, the author has forgotten that babies are just tiny human beings that don't need to be disciplined ALL the time. It's sad when you advocate for a military style regime when all you should be doing is follow the baby's cues and trust your own maternal instincts! Nevertheless, I did find a few good takeaways from this book, hence the two stars.
Lynn Alexander
Apr 11, 2013 Lynn Alexander rated it it was ok
Honestly this book just made me feel bad. My baby was very hungry in the early days and wasn't lasting as long as this book suggested she should between feeds - I then felt like my milk wasn't good enough, the book does say to feed the baby if they are screaming for food in between and suggests a plan for increasing milk supply but I then felt like i was just feeding and expressing. I struggled to get out of the house as classes seemed to always clash with the routines. My partner had to hide th ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Casey rated it it was ok
Gave me post natal depression before the baby arrived! I already felt as though I wasn't a good mother after reading the first chapter. Some good advice but I have combined the techniques between this and Tracey Hogg's The baby Whisperer which is more accessible. However much you read before the baby you are never fully prepared! Just go with he flow it is something you learn on the job!
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