From Contented Baby To Confident Child
The infamous Gina Ford's second book, From Contented Baby to Confident
Child is a guide to parental problem solving in the first three years
of their child's life. For those of you who haven't heard of Gina Ford
(not many new mothers around who haven't), she's an experienced,
(albeit childless), nanny/childminder/advicegiver. Ford is very much
old school and proud of it. She endorces strict routines in which the
parent is definitely the one in charge. Many of her views have been
heavily criticised, especially those connected to breastfeeding (NO
demand feeding allowed) and sleeping (put that baby down and let them
cry til they fall asleep).
Saying all that, and as a mother who breastfed for 19 months and still
doesn't let her 2 year old cry herself to sleep, this book is
interesting and does have some good advice. Personally, I disagree with
Ford's views for very young children, but once they become toddlers, be
as strict as you want girl! The book has a number of different
sections: the first half is problems in the first year: sleeping,
feeding, crying; and the second half is about toddlerhood, as I
mentioned before, in my opinion, the more interesting section, covering
subjects such as potty training, tantrums, fighting over food, sleeping
problems, discipline etc. It is clearly written, giving examples
of case histories where necessary.
If Gina Ford is taken for what she is and not the guru of parenting
that some people believe, I think there is some good advice in the
book, and bad advice, take what suits you as an individual. Parenting
is one of those things that everyone thinks they are doing the best and
in the end their children always think their childhood was the worst.
These kinds of books are designed to give a different point of view and
to be a little bit interesting, nothing more. Don't forget that
instinct is most important in bringing up children, because in the end,
only you, the parents, know what's best.
Hope this review has helped someone. I'd be happy to hear comments.