Gina Ford the contented little baby
There are ten routines to follow to take you from birth to 12 months. Follow it to the letter and many parents find their ‘Gina baby’ is sleeping through the night from a few weeks old (Gina says it’s possible from eight to 12 weeks), but if you haven’t followed the plan from birth and got into a sleep pickle, it’s not too late. Gina’s Contented Little Baby book also discusses various methods you can use to get a baby with real sleep problems back on track.
Cara says: I used the structure of Gina’s routine but didn’t follow it to the letter and still found it very helpful in just getting my day more organised (as it doesn’t come naturally to me).
Might suit parents who: Love routine and crave a little order in the chaotic newborn period.
Might not suit parents who: Don’t want to follow a routine to the letter. The plans work, but you have to stick to them so if each day can be very different for you, and you need lots of flexibility, this may not be your best bet.
Best age to try it at: It’s best if you can do it from birth, but you can pick up Gina Ford at any time in the first year and find plans for your child.
Mums say: ‘We used Gina’s book with our son, Luca. The routines gave us a good structure and definitely helped Luca sleep through from a young age – he’d cracked it by 11 weeks old. I had to return to work when Luca was four months old so it was vital that we were all getting a good night’s sleep, and it was great to be able to give our childcarers routines to follow that we knew worked.’ Nikki Dowe, mum to Luca, 21 months.
Gina’s website can be found at www.contentedbaby.com