Gina Ford has helped thousands of families resolve challenges over the years and her bestselling New Contented Little Baby Book has sold over 1 million copies around the world.
In this life-saving new book, she offers exhausted parents clear, step-by-step solutions to resolving a whole range of sleep issues. Whether it's feeding to sleep, rocking to sleep, night-waking, co-sleeping, dummy attachment - whatever the problem - Gina knows how to fix it. You’ll find out how to set gentle day and night routines that will resolve the specific issue and in just one week you'll be on your way to calm and peaceful nights!
Bringing together decades of successful work with families, Gina Ford Solves All Your Baby and Toddler Problems provides answers to hundreds of baby and toddler care challenges.
Organised chronologically for easy reference and with detailed case studies and examples, Gina Ford, one of the UK’s bestselling childcare authors, shares her practical and realistic solutions to help you and your baby or toddler have a contented household now and for years to come.
It is Gina’s belief that sleeping and feeding are intrinsically linked and that all too often babies and toddlers are subjected to unnecessary sleep training methods. Whether your baby or toddler is a fussy feeder or waking up several times a night, her holistic and gentle approach will ensure that your child’s feeding and sleeping needs are fully met, and that you resolve the root cause of the problem for good.
Your child's first days at school and nursery are exciting times, but they can be very daunting - for both your child and yourself.
In this book, Gina Ford helps you calm any fears with practical advice on preparing your child to be confident and capable of taking these important new steps.
Find out how to:
- Lessen separation anxiety and regressive behaviour
- Help your child develop social skills and make friends
- Prepare your child for the new routines and environments
- Equip your child with the behavioural and mental skills they will need for the best start
With practical exercises for developing skills, plus detailed advice on overcoming any difficulties you might face, this book will ensure that both you and your child are fully prepared for this new stage in your lives.
The first year can fly by, but this lovely book allows you to note down all the important milestones in your baby's development. Chart every detail, from the date and place of birth, your baby's christening and first Christmas, through the first smile, words and steps, plus your baby's routines, to the first birthday party.
Fully illustrated throughout, there is space for inserting photographs, plus envelopes for your baby's hair and other precious keepsakes. This will be a lovely memento for you to treasure the early memories of your contented little baby.
Discovering that you are about to become a mum is one of life's most joyful moments. This indispensable guide from Gina Ford and consultant obstetrician Dr Charlotte Chaliha provides mums-to-be with the practical, reassuring and down-to-earth advice they need for a calm and contented pregnancy. Includes:
- a month by month guide to the growth of your baby and your changing body
- up-to-date guidance on nutrition, exercise and health
- advice on preparing your home and lifestyle for a new arrival
- how to prepare yourself for labour and birth
- what to expect in the first few weeks with your baby
The Contented Pregnancy is the essential guide to enjoying a relaxed pregnancy and giving your baby the very best start in life.
Pressurised by the media, scrutinised by their peers, frowned upon even by those closest to them, mothers today face relentless criticism and pressure. Breast or bottle? Work or stay at home? Routine or feeding-on-demand? The choices are infinite and at the heart of each question is the more controversial and divisive debate of what makes a good mother. Good Mother, Bad Mother is an illuminating, moving and thought-provoking study of this enigmatic question. Never before has the subject of motherhood been tackled with such unflinching honesty.
Drawing on her experience of thousands of mothers, bestselling parenting author Gina Ford has turned her attention to the women charged with bringing up the next generation. She addresses the challenges of contemporary motherhood and fervently argues that these awe-inspiring women seldom receive the support, respect and admiration they deserve. And for the first time, in a candid, personal account, Gina interweaves stories from her own childhood, revealing how her relationship with her own mother has shaped the choices she has made.
Any woman who has ever doubted her capabilities as a mother will find comfort and reassurance in the insights of the woman whose books have been justly described a 'godsend'.
Ensure your contented baby has a contented mum
Becoming a mum is an exciting journey, with new rewards and responsibilities. But while you focus your energies on the needs of your growing baby, it's easy to neglect your own needs as a new mum. Gina Ford has helped millions of women bring up contented babies and now she wants to ensure that it's not just your baby that's happy, but you are too.
In this indispensable guide, Gina has worked with her online community of mothers to distill the best advice on being a happy mum. This one-stop guide will help you navigate all the essential issues of motherhood:
- Happiness, health and fitness
- Relationships with friends, family and your partner
- Outings and holidays with your new baby
- Returning to work or becoming a full-time mum
- Whether to extend your family further
With the personal experiences of hundreds of mothers, The Contented Mother's Guide will help you make the best choices and embrace your new role as a mum.
Toddlers tantrums can be both embarrassing and stressful for parents. Gina Ford's Top Tips for Coping with Toddler Tantrums offers parents concise and effective advice on how to deal with this seemingly uncontrollable behaviour.
Gina's no-nonsense quick and easy parenting tips will help you to:
- understand why children have tantrums
- learn ways to prevent a tantrum when you see it coming
- calm a toddler in the middle of his tantrum
- learn how to stay calm yourself
This handy guide is full of practical, sensible advice to help parents, and toddlers, cope with tantrums.
Weaning your baby on to solid foods is one of the most important milestones during the early months of parenthood, and Gina Ford's expert advice on weaning makes a baby's transition from milk to solid foods as straightforward as possible.
Gina's no-nonsense, quick and easy tips will help you to:
- Understand which foods to introduce and at what age
- Get the balance of milk feeds and solids right
- Eliminate night feeds once solids are introduced
This handy guide offers sensible solutions to ensure that your baby eats well - now, and as she grows up.
All parents want their toddlers to be healthy, happy eaters but mealtimes can often end in a battle of wills. Gina Ford's Top Tips for Fussy Eaters offers parents practical, straightforward advice on turning those difficult mealtimes into happy family occasions.
Gina's no-nonsense quick and easy tips will help you to:
- create food that is fun to eat, yet healthy and nutritious
- make mealtimes less stressful
- encourage your child to eat fruit and vegetables
This handy parenting guide offers sensible solutions to help you cope with your little fussy eater, encourage healthy eating and banish tantrums at mealtimes for good.
All parents relish that very first cry from their newborn baby. Yet as the crying continues it can become deeply stressful. And no sooner have you worked out what your young baby is trying to tell you - often hunger, fatigue or discomfort - than they grow older and the reasons more complex - teething pain, anxiety or simply frustration.
In From Crying Baby to Contented Baby, Britain's bestselling childcare author, Gina Ford, outlines the common triggers for each specific age group, whether it's a five-week-old or a 10-month-old, to help you determine the most likely cause for your baby's distress so that you can respond to their needs and quickly comfort and settle them.
Full of practical tips such as encouraging parents to 'stop, look, listen', and lots of reassuring advice, your baby - and you! - will soon be calm and content once more.
The prospect of bringing a new baby home when you already have a toddler can be extremely daunting. Life with a newborn baby is tiring and challenging enough but with a demanding elder brother or sister to deal with too, how do you cope?
Written in the same reassuring, accessible style as her bestselling The Contented Little Baby Book, The Contented Baby with Toddler Book is full of practical tips and sanguine advice that will calm and reassure all panicked parents. A major feature of the book is the adaptable routines, specifically designed to help you structure your day and meet all the needs of your toddler and your new baby... and still have time for lots of cuddles.
By using Gina's easy-to-follow methods not only will you have a contented baby who feeds regularly and sleeps through the night from an early age, but also a happy, involved toddler who remains calm and co-operative during this unsettled time.
Gina Ford's bestselling The Contented Little Baby Book established Gina as one of the UK's most influential voices in baby and childcare issues and her groundbreaking routines have been the salvation of hundreds of thousands of parents around the world.
In Feeding Made Easy Gina tackles one of the most problematic areas of parenting: how to give children a healthy, nutritious and tasty diet without mealtimes becoming a battleground. Her one-stop feeding guide is a parent's lifesaver offering delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes for the whole family as well as rotating menu planners and shopping lists that enable time-strapped mums and dads to shop for and plan a month's menus in advance.
Gina covers food for every occasion from quick and easy light meals such as sticky chicken thighs and homemade lamb burgers to mouth-watering twists on family favourites and healthy takes on fast food and after-school snacks, such as pizza, and carrot and honey muffins. She also offers invaluable advice on how to promote healthy eating, such as getting children involved in the choosing and preparation of food; how to tempt fussy eaters to expand their diet; and what to do when eating out or abroad.
Gina Ford's bestselling The Contented Little Baby Book established Gina as one of the UK's most influential voices in baby and childcare issues. Her groundbreaking routines have been the salvation of hundreds of thousands of parents and her sound advice on weaning and sleep has guaranteed contented little babies in households around the world.
In The Contented Baby's First Year Gina takes you through your baby's first year in a month-by-month guide. From physical and mental development through to changes in feeding and sleeping patterns, this wonderful book is packed with practical parenting advice. There's information here on soothing, breastfeeding, weaning and bathing your baby together with suggestions for encouraging key developmental milestones: holding a toy, rolling over, sitting up and crawling. Additionally, for each month there is a handy Q&A that offers reassuring solutions to particular problems that can occur at each stage in your baby's development. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photography, including step-by-step guides to caring for your little one, The Contented Baby's First Year is essential reading for guaranteeing a contented little baby in year one.
A Contented House with Twins unites the UK's leading baby expert, Gina Ford, and the highly regarded television presenter Alice Beer, a mother of twin girls.
Discovering you are pregnant with twins is both an exciting and a thoroughly terrifying prospect. Within weeks of the arrival of her beautiful daughters, Alice found that she was 'screaming out for a routine' and craving the knowledge of mothers who had been through it with two. This book is the result of those cries. Alice's front-line experience of coping with twins is combined with Gina's highly successful parenting advice and, for the first time, her groundbreaking routines, specially adapted for twins. Together, they tackle the practical and emotional aspects of parenting two babies, including:
- what you can expect in a multiple pregnancy
- how to feed two at once
- what to do when they each want a different story or both want a hug
- how to cope with everyday practicalities: shopping, bathtime, and much more.
Alice's humorous insights and Gina's essential advice, tips, support and successful routines will guarantee that parents enjoy their twins and get their lives back.
Gina Ford's Top Tips for Contented Babies & Toddlers offers readers sound, practical advice from bestselling parenting expert Gina Ford in a new concise format - ideal for busy parents on the go. Gina Ford guides parents through the various stages of baby and toddler care, including sleeping, weaning, feeding, potty training and behavioral development. By breaking down these areas into succinct, accessible tips, Gina outlines how best to tackle them and describes what further problems parents might encounter. She puts forward an insight into her tried and tested routines with an introductory guide to understanding her methods, including what to aim for and what parents can hope to achieve by them. Gina's top tips include invaluable advice on:
-dealing with common problems such as fussy eaters, nightmares and tantrums
-successful breastfeeding and bottle-feeding
-helping children meet essential milestones, such as learning to walk, talk or dress themselves, at a pace which is right for them
And much more!
Many parents experience a long and bumpy ride along the road to a nappy-free existence. Advice on offer from grandparents, friends and professionals is often conflicting, leaving parents unsure of how and when to potty train their child.
In Potty Training in One Week, bestselling author Gina Ford sets out a simple, easy-to-follow programme that works quickly and avoids many of the common pitfalls parents encounter.
This clearly organised book makes potty training easy, and even fun. Including updated information on:
- How to know when your child is really ready
- How to make potty training fun for your child
- How to reward
- How to deal with accidents
- What to do when you go out
- What to do at sleep times
As babies grow, so their routines and patterns change. In The Contented Toddler Years Gina addresses the many changes in sleeping and feeding habits that arise during the second and third year. She offers invaluable advice and insight into these crucial stages of a child's development, from walking and talking, to teething and potty training and also shows you how to:
-deal with tantrums, food refusal and sibling jealousy
-prepare for the arrival of a second baby, including how to cope physically, emotionally and financially, and how to adapt her routines when caring for a baby and toddler
-make teeth-cleaning fun and put an end to habits such as thumb-sucking, nail-biting and eating dirt
-decide what type of childcare is best for you and your toddler
Gina's advice is derived from hands-on experience of dealing with children. Parents can be confident that her techniques, which have been tried and tested many times and have proved successful with many different children, can also work for them. She has listened to the concerns of thousands of parents via her consultations and website.
Reassuring and down-to-earth, parents will find Gina's advice can help make the passage from contented baby to confident child a happy and stress-free experience for the whole family.
Weaning your baby on to solid foods is one of the most important milestones during the early months of parenthood, and Gina's expert advice on weaning makes a baby's transition from milk to solid foods as straightforward as possible. Successful weaning establishes a pattern of healthy eating in babies, avoiding the pitfalls of fussy eaters restricted to a narrow diet.
In this revised edition of The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning, Gina includes the latest recommendations regarding breast-feeding and the introduction of solid food from the World Health Organisation and the UK Department of Health. She aims to take the worry out of weaning, guiding parents step-by-step through the process and shares the insight and expertise gained from personally helping to care for over 300 babies, and advising thousands more parents via her consultation service and website.
Included in this revised edition:
- The best time of day to introduce the first solid food
- Which foods to introduce and at what age
- Getting the balance of milk feeds and solids right
- How to eliminate night feeds once solids are introduced
- The importance of introducing finger foods at the right age
- Extended parent-friendly feeding plans to take parents step-by-step through the different stages
- Newly developed rotating meal planners for older children up to the end of the first year
- Brand new questions and answers giving the most up-to-date advice to parents.
The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning is the definitive guide to ensuring babies eat well now and as they grow up and is as relevant and helpful to those parents who have not previously followed Gina's routines.
Sleep, or rather the lack of it, is the issue of paramount concern to the overwhelming majority of new parents. Getting enough sleep is vital for the health of a growing baby or toddler, and the sanity of mums and dads. Yet striking the right balance between their differing needs can be hard to achieve. Once sleep problems set in, they can fast demoralise and exhaust parents, undermining confidence in their ability to cope.
Gina Ford has come to the rescue with her answer: the key to a good night's sleep for the whole family lies in teaching parents to understand the changing sleep needs of their growing baby. This book informs and reassures parents, dispelling many common myths and anxieties and offering practical solutions that work.
By creating a structure of regular feeding, sleeping and playing times, Gina explains how parents can help their baby to find a rhythm that will be comfortable for all concerned. Whether parents want to establish good sleeping habits from the start, or find they need to cure sleep problems and get their child back on track, Gina has the answers.
Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby Book became a runaway bestseller when it was first published in 1999. She continues to be the number one bestselling author of childcare books in the UK. Her advice and methods have been a godsend to tired, stressed parents throughout the world and have helped a generation of children go to bed on time and sleep calmly through the night. She runs a hugely popular website: www.contentedbaby.com