I’ve read quite a number of parenting and baby development books. Glenn Doman, “Supernanny” Jo Frost, the ‘What to Expect’ series and many more. In terms of practical application and knowing exactly how to look after a newborn, particularly in the areas of breastfeeding and sleeping, nothing comes close to The New Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford ($31.14 at Times).

Ford might not have the PhD nor a TV series but she is UK’s best selling childcare author and her book is based on her own experience with over 300 babies and their families in different parts of the world. I wished I read her book before I had my first baby! With the impending arrival of my second and after reading her book, I feel more confident as a parent. Not only do I recognised what I’ve done right in my first parenting experience, I know what I’ve done incorrectly which has led to sleep association that is difficult to change and which I am still trying to correct this very moment. Her tips on how to increase breastmilk production to cater for the baby’s periodic growth spurts are invaluable and spot on! The only part I don’t really agree with is the use of a pacifier. While Ford feels it is all right to use a pacifier so long as the baby is not allowed to fall asleep with it, I do not see a need for that, have never used it and my son has never asked for it.

Nonetheless, this is a practical, easy to read book on developing a routine from birth. One that will not only benefit the baby but the parents in the long run. Contented & calm baby, contented & confident parents.