I do Gina Ford – bring it haters!

I do Gina Ford – bring it haters!

I’m at the 17 week mark with my daughter now and life is slowly returning to normal. Or what I would resemble as normal. 2 weeks ago then you and I would have been having a very different conversation.

A very good friend of mine has been doing Gina since I met her, and at the time I thought I would struggle to get my daughter to fall into a routine as descriptive as that. My little girl is a wild child and has never liked to conform to any resemblance of direction from me and my husband. We had to change our lives to meet her schedule and deal with it. Except after 15 weeks I felt I didn’t have a life. I revolved around the 3 hour feed and repeat cycle and it was doing my head in.

So one Sunday morning we made a change. We now follow Gina Ford. Don’t be mistaken, I can’t get her to sit in her chair for 20 minutes while I do the bottles and her naps are never the length Gina tells you they should be. But for the feeding and nap times we follow her and guess what, it works!

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I’m ready for you haters out there… bring it. You’ll say because my daughter has a good routine I clearly don’t love her. You may say I’m not ACTUALLY doing Gina Ford because I don’t use her plan word for word. But do you know what? I don’t care.

As I’ve said many times, why do we judge each other? If you like to co-sleep or if you like to do cry-it-out, that’s your decision. I’m not going to judge you. But go on, judge me if you like. I can take it!

Anyway, now I’m going to give my baby her 11.00 feed and then she will have a nap. I may even get a coffee. Go me!

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5 Comments

  1. December 2, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I done Gina with both my kids.. My eldest took to it like a duck to water. My two year old took a little longer to adapt to it but even now she still naps for 2 hours at lunch time and is in bed for 7pm 🙂 If it works for you then go with it! x

    • December 10, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Exactly my thoughts! There is so much judgement around for mum’s if it works why is there the hate?!

      Clare x

  2. January 14, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Oooh this is reassuring! I just bought Gina Ford’s book (currently only 22 weeks pregnant) as wanted to read a parenting book from either end of the parenting spectrum. I do quite like the idea of getting baby into a routine but like you – I don’t think I’d follow everything to the letter. More take it as a guideline and see what works with us. I was the same with Marie Kondo and her tidying book (have you read that?!?) There’s no way I’d open my chest of drawers, stroke my jumpers and thank them for servicing me so well, but I’ll take some of the other less extreme principles and weave them into my attempts at being tidier.

    Glad it’s working out for you and little one!

    Thanks, LPMx

    • January 14, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      I must admit it took a long time to get her into a routine at all. She was about 14 weeks by the time she started to like having set feed times. Although to be honest I needed her to get into a routine because I drove myself crazy being so haphazard.

      I haven’t read that book, will have a google for it now! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. I’d love to hear how you get on. I’ll hit up your blog now. Xxxx

  3. October 18, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Whatever works for you and your bubba! There’s a difference between following advice and preaching and you are clearly doing the former so no hate from this end 🙂

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