The timing on this book is all off. 4 weeks does not equal a month old & a pediatrician should know that. Therefore, when you're baby is 36 weeks old, the book says they are 9 months old & should be doing things that they aren't. Which is worrisome as a parent. It took me a minute to figure out what the problem is, and now, to me, the book is worthless.
I have to admit that I just don't care for this book. I like the 'What to Expect...First Year' better. I didn't read any pregnancy books and was recommend both (bought both) this and the 'What to Expect..' book once I had the baby. It's just a little too plain for me.
I found this book to be very helpful through our first year together. (Our daughter Journey just turned one last weekend)
My only issue with this book is that as a new parent you don't exactly get a certain amount of time to read each and every week. I often found myself behind by a few weeks, then I would catch up and stick with it, but soon enough I was 3 weeks behind again. Each week's read is only a few pages and it goes very quickly. A LOT of repetition though.
I would not have survived my son's first year without this week by week manual. It was wonderful. By the time my second daughter rolled around I continued to use it for good developmental points. Easy to read and to understand.
I personally like this series much better than the what to expect series. This book gives you information on a weekly basis, vs. a monthly basis. It's alot easier to see that your baby is on track and developing normal. Plus, it has a lot of extra information in that is very useful. It gives physical devolpement, social, good ideas for games to help baby learn...I would recommend this to ANYONE expecting or who has a young baby. I read this series with my second child, and liked it so well I re-read it with my third and still got a lot out of it.