Gina Fords 'Contented little baby book'

Discussion in 'Baby & Toddler' started by lulu, Jan 16, 2006.

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Did you follow the tips and routines in the book?

  1. Yes, followed it almost exactly

  2. Yes, but only as a guideline

  3. No, read the book but only took ideas

  4. No, just read the book

  5. No, found it unrealistic

  6. other, see comments below

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  1. lulu

    lulu Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys,

    What are your thoughts and/or experiences of this book?

    I have just bought it and wondered if anyone followed it, so I thought I would do a poll.

    Any other comments would also be great!

    Thanks :D
     
  2. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    I refuse to read it as I've heard so many bad things about it!
    If my baby was a nightmare I might have tried it but he's no trouble, so I don't see the point.
     
  3. lulu

    lulu Well-Known Member

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    See this is the thing,

    Im finding that my routine is going ok at the moment, but after reading it Im starting to question myself!!! :?

    I was reading the recommended routine for a baby Jacks age last night!!!
    It basically said you had to live your whole day around the baby, god knows how you would fit a social life or anything else in for that matter!

    Think Im making myself feel bad by reading it!!!
     
  4. Skidoo

    Skidoo Well-Known Member

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    So don't. If you've got a decent routine going that's great: as a wise man once said ' if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'

    Gina Ford may be a superb nanny, but she has no children of her own!!!!!!
     
  5. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    Exactly... making mothers feel inadequate is out of order!!
    If you're getting on OK, but still feel like you're doing it "wrong" then it can't be a good book if you ask me!
     
  6. Kerry

    Kerry Well-Known Member

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    Don't even get me started on Gina Ford!!! :twisted:

    She has never even had children you know!!!
     
  7. Hypnorm

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    One of the mums at one of my groups made a good commment last week - since when were babies ever born with a text book!
    And a midwife also pointed out that she know alot of women who have goone in to depression or had a break down becuase they have tried to follow the books routines and have thought them selves bad mothers becuase they could get their baby to follow it - also coz they were try to follow it the missed out on groups because it wouldn't fit in with thier shedule.
    I would use it as a guide - and go with your baby - they seem to work out thier own routines after a while 0 i must admit to finding the baby whisperer more helpful.
    i also looked at the gina ford website - and i noted that you have to pay £40 to get access to the discussions etc.. (rip off!)
    try www.babywhisperer.com i found this more helful and it is free
     
  8. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    What a good way to only get FANS of the book to join the forum...
     
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    minikins Well-Known Member

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    lauramumof2 Well-Known Member

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    I bought the book when I was pg but the minute she was born and I had a real baby home it was on ebay quicker than who knows! (the book, not the baby)

    I bought blackout blinds which shades/blinds came and fitted for me and didnt try to get me to buy the dearest. I was quite impressed with them.

    The one thing I did take from the book was to follow a routine but the routine was chosen by us around what we done. Hers was too rigid and unrealistic.
     
  11. Tiny Sue

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    My SIL sent me the book through Amazon. I am not in the least bit interested in reading any kind of baby routine book. I want to establish my own routine and I think I have managed it fairly well, even down to knowing when she is likely to wake in the night and stay that way.

    I have a good baby for the moment, but who knows when all that will change? :lol:

    Anyway, I'd say listen to yourself. Nobody needs an instruction book, everyone is a mother, they just need to believe it.

    By the way the baby whisperer site seems to be out of order.

    Sue
     
  12. lulu

    lulu Well-Known Member

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    Do you know, since reading your replies I havent picked up the book once!!!

    Jack is going 4 hours between feeds, sometimes longer, he is settling better, sleeps well and Ive done this all without the help of the book.

    I am bathing him the same time every night but I have noticed Im planning my afternoons around this and worrying if he misses it (like yesterday) so think I need to stop that!!! :roll:

    Im certainly a lot less anxious not reading it!!!
     

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