The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting

The New Contented Little Baby Book: The Secret to Calm and Confident Parenting

by Gina Ford


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The perfect baby book for new moms and dads!

You’ve just had a baby. Everything is perfect. Then the hospital sends you home—without an instruction manual...

Baby expert Gina Ford comes to the rescue with her newly revised hour-by-hour, week-by-week guide. One of Great Britain’s top parenting experts, she draws on more than twenty years of experience researching and studying the natural sleep rhythms and feeding patterns of babies to ease the stresses and worries of new parents. In this new edition, you’ll find everything you need to know to get your newborn to sleep through the night. In addition to advice on sleep training, Ford shares her expertise on feeding schedules, colic, crying, teething, illness, pacifiers, separation anxiety, and setting up the perfect nursery.

With this easy-to-follow guide, Ford will have your whole family sleeping through the night—happily and peacefully—in no time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451415653
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 155,082
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gina Ford is a bestselling child care expert in Great Britain. A nationally recognized name as a maternity nurse, she now runs a consulting service and the popular Contented Baby Web site. She has published more than twenty parenting books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Preparation for the Birth 3

The Nursery 5

Baby Equipment 12

Equipment Needed for Breast-feeding 19

Equipment Needed for Bottle-feeding 23

Clothes for the Newborn 25

Your Baby's Laundry 31

2 Why Follow a Routine? 35

Why the CLB Routines Are Different 36

Benefits for Your Baby 37

Benefits for You 39

Other Approaches 39

Your Questions Answered 44

3 Milk Feeding in the First Year 59

Why Breast-feeding Goes Wrong 61

Milk Production 62

My Methods for Successful Breast-feeding 66

Expressing/Pumping 69

Breast-feeding and Returning to Work 73

Weaning Your Baby from the Breast to the Bottle 74

Bottle-feeding 76

Establishing Bottle-feeding 78

Formula: Overfeeding 84

Your Questions Answered 85

4 Understanding Your Baby's Sleep 91

Sleep and Demand Feeding 94

Sleep Rhythms 95

The Bedtime Routine 97

Early-morning Waking 99

Your Questions Answered 102

5 Establishing the Contented Little Baby Routines 107

Feeding 108

Sleeping 109

Playing 111

Cuddling 112

Structuring the Milk Feedings During the First Year 113

Understanding the Routines for Feeding 116

Structuring Daytime Sleep During the First Year 129

Understanding the Sleeping Routine 131

Adjusting the Routines 135

Important Recommendations 137

6 Weeks One to Two 139

Starting the Routine 139

Routine-1-2 Weeks 140

Changes to Be Made During the 1-2 Week Routine 146

Moving On to the 2-4 Week Routine 148

7 Weeks Two to Four 149

Routine-2-4 Weeks 149

Changes to Be Made During the 2-4 Week Routine 155

8 Weeks Four to Six 159

Routine-4-6 Weeks 159

Changes to Be Made During the 4-6 Week Routine 165

9 Weeks Six to Eight 171

Routine-6-8 Weeks 171

Changes to Be Made During the 6-8 Week Routine 177

10 Weeks Eight to Twelve 183

Routine-8-12 Weeks 183

Changes to Be Made During the 8-12 Week Routine 188

Moving on to the 3-4 Month Routine 190

11 Months Three to Four 193

Routine-3-4 Months 193

Changes to Be Made During the 3-4 Month Routine 197

12 Months Four to Six 201

Routine-4-6 Months 201

Changes to Be Made During the 4-6 Month Routine 205

13 Months Six to Nine 209

Routine-6-9 Months 210

Changes to Be Made During the 6-9 Month Routine 213

14 Months Nine to Twelve 217

Routine-9-12 Months 217

Changes to Be Made During the 9-12 Month Routine 220

15 Introducing Solid Food 223

Weaning Your Baby 223

Foods to Be Avoided 227

Preparing and Cooking Food for Your Baby 228

Early Weaning 231

First Stage: 6-7Months 234

Second Stage: 7-9 Months 241

Third Stage: 9-12 Months 246

Your Questions Answered 251

16 Problem Solving in the First Year 259

General Problems 260

Burping 260

Colic 261

Crying 264

Pacifiers 268

Hiccups 269

Spitting Up 269

Reflux 270

Separation Anxiety 271

Stranger Anxiety 275

Common Feeding Problems 276

Difficult Feeder 276

Low Milk Supply 278

Plan for Increased Milk Supply 280

Excessive Night Feeding 285

Sleepy Feeder 290

Refusal of Milk 291

Refusal of Solids 293

Fussy Feeder 294

Common Sleeping Problems 297

Difficulties in Settling 297

Early-morning Waking 301

Excessive Night Waking 303

Illness-The Effect on Sleep 307

The Lunchtime Nap 308

Sleep Associations 314

Teething and Night Waking 315

Golden Rules 316

Appendix 321

Useful Addresses 322

Further Reading 324

Contented Baby Newsletter 325

Acknowledgments 327

Index 329

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“For an astonishing number of mothers, she has proved a savior.”—The Daily Telegraph (UK)

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