Book Reviews of What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year
What to Expect the First Year
Author: Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway
ISBN-13: 9780894805776
ISBN-10: 0894805770
Publication Date: 1/3/1989
Pages: 671
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 424 ratings
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoyed this book. Covers many topics: breast/bottle feeding; first weeks, each month, adoption, first aid, baby with problems, spacing between children, healthy diet. Referred to it often to answer questions or see if my child was on target.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is the 1st edition of this book. It is still has a lot of good information in it, but some of the information is out of date. Most notably, this edition was published before the CDC began recommending that babies be laid to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS.
There is now a completely revised 2nd edition of the book available. The ISBN for that edition is: 0761129588
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Helpful Score: 5
Very helpful for answering questions about baby care. A "must have" resource for new parents.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent information for new moms & dads! One of the best in the What to Expect series.
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Helpful Score: 3
The follow up to "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Like the first one, it is divided by months, and also major topics such as "surviving the first year" and "enjoying the first year". A quick and informative reference for every new, and experienced, parent.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this to be a very helpful reference book during my son's first year of life. It breaks the first year down into each month and describes typical problems/milestone/behaviors for each month. I found it most helpful as a reference book. When something was going on with my son I didn't quite understand, I could look it up in the book and feel reassured that it was normal.
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Helpful Score: 3
I liked this book very much. It was very helpful to me when I had my first child I really had a lot of questions and it seemed to have quite a few of the answers right there. The book was Easy to read and was written well. It was very helpful to me in answering questions about what to expect the first year.
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Helpful Score: 2
A necessity for first timers!!!
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Helpful Score: 2
A great book to read for everyone who is expecting or who be caring for children. Includes helpful hints and realistic expectations.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a must have book for any parent of a newborn. Timeless information.
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Helpful Score: 1
Indispensible for the first few years!
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Helpful Score: 1
a must have for all parents! This was my third child but it was a great reference for health issues, first aid, and I enjoyed the month by month chapters
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Helpful Score: 1
I had my baby 3 months ago and this book was very helpful. This is a must have for anyone who is expecting or adopting. It's very informative on the birthing process which helps allievate any fears a first-timer might have.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a classic must have on every new parents' shelves, like Dr. Spock was once. However, I personally did not like the medicalized approach, which drives excessive fear into the heart of those parents who read it. As a supplemental resource, it has a lot of information about diseases and developmental timetables.
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Great book for first time parents.
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Helpful Score: 1
Absolutley wonderful and so informative. Saved me alot of worry and unnecessary trips to the Dr.
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The comprehensive month-by-month guide that clearly explains everything parents need to know about the first year with a new baby.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great follow-up for what to expect when expecting book...of course only used as a reference since who has time to read with an infant!! there is always laundry etc. to be done.
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The mommys handbook for the definative first year.
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A great guide for what to expect with a baby.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent guidelines for the first twelve months' milestones, and more! Very good reference.
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Helpful Score: 1
Lots of information. Good for expectant parents who want to know what to do the first year of thier child's life.
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Such a great book! A must have for all parents but a necasity for all NEW paretns!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great reference book for knowing what to expect when raising kids.
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Helpful Score: 1
Read and reread and reread this book! I love this "What to Expect" series for reference. Great book for baby care in baby's first year, including siblings info and even nuturing the adopted infant. It's a must-have.
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this book is for women who have baby that are less then one years old
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I'm a first time mom and this was a must read for me. I had received What To Expect When Your Expecting from my doctor at my first prenatal vist and this book was my first purchase as my due date got closer. It has so much great advice for any mom, but especially a new mom!
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A bible for the first time mom.
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Very informative info for the care of your new little one!
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A typical "what to expect" book. I know they are VERY popular but I'm not a huge fan.
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The comprehensive month to month guide that clearly explains everything parents need to know about the first year with a new baby.

This book doesn't cover everything about parenting but it gives you a good idea what to expect for your child in their stages of development. If anything it is a great start to other parenting books and baby progression articles new parents read.
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A good reference for the first year.
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The Bible book for new expecting mothers.
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Helpful hints for the first year.
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Very helpful during the first year.
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A must have for all new parents.
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Great reference book for the new mom or the mom on the second go around. I think I referenced things more with my second child as I felt like I wnated to make sure that I didn't miss anything I was supposed to be watching for. Time slips away so quickly with the second child, it was nice to have reminders as to what to look for and work on.
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Not the best guide, as it uses the worst case scenario for everything, but it's not the worst book out there.
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indispensable book for first time parents with tons of questions
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must have for any new parent
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Generic and limited information. For example, the information on breastfeeding is basically the same as the handouts they give you at the hospital; very basic and left me with many questions. The information on milestones for each month was useful, but still left something to be desired. There are many parenting books out there that are better than this one.
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They should give this book (and What To Expect When You're Expecting) out at that first doctors appointment when you learn you're pregnant!
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Awesome book! Very informative. A must have for any new mom.
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Excellent book for those who are thinking of becoming or are new parents
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super informative for first timers!
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This book really helped during that first year, especially being a first time mom
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Very helpful. I used as more of a guide for my specific questions and problems by looking up info in the index.
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Awesome book for the first time mom ! A classic !
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I love this book and consulted it regularly throughout the first year of my son's life ; )
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Good reference book for new, first-time mothers.
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EXCELLENT!!!
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A must have for new parents!
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You will be very glad to have this book handy. The closest you will come to an instrution manual for your infant.
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Wonderful resource
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This book covers just about everything in a breif but pretty thorough way. I basically used it as an encyclopedia of motherhood when I was going through my first year of motherhood. It's a classic.
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To help you become the best eqipped parents possible, here is a complete first-year childcare manual from the authors of What to Expect when Your're expecting.
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Very informative. Good idea for a first time mom!
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Invaluable advice for the first year of baby's life!
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This book has been like a bible to me!It has everything you can think of in it.
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Lots of good info for first time parents. I really like the medical guide.
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To help you become the best-equipped parents possible, here is a complete first year childcare manual from the authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting, America's pregnancy bible. Includes thorough information on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits, infant illnesses and safety. A++++
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Great to read before your child hits that first year, so that you are prepared and know what to expect and when.
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COMPANION BOOK TO "WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN EXPECTING"--- I FOUND IT TO BE PRETTY USEFUL.
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Must have for a new parent! Well worth having on the shelf!
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My best friend got this book when her daughter was born and found it was invaluable in helping her through her any pitfall a new mother may have. I fondly remember sitting on her floor and looking the questions that we had up in the book-- I was delegated for the job.LOL
A couple of weeks ago, I bought this copy at the library because my boyfriend's sister-in-law is expecting, but she already has a copy. So, if you're expecting or have a newborn, get this book. It touches on topics such as breastfeeding, what to expect at your baby's first check-up, baby's sleep patterns, and almost any other concern you may have. This book is great for a gift, but it's not "new" enough looking, so I'd suggest a trip to Barnes and Noble if you intend to give to another new mother.
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Great reference for the first year of your baby's life.
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Every pregnant and new mom will live be this book
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Very helpful to a new mom!
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Excellent overview of all kinds of questions that come up in the first year of a child's life. Valuable reference to have on hand!
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I lived by the information in this book with both of my children. We referred to it in the middle of the night sometimes, and it put our minds to rest.
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I own a copy of this book and it has been very useful! It includes thorough information on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits, illnesses and safety.
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The definitive book on child-raising during the first year. Great for first-time parents, or parents who've waited a long time between child 1 and child 2.
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Full of lots of useful information
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A must-have survival manual for any first-time (or second-, third-, fourth-time, etc.) mother and father!
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A first-year childcare manual that's a sequel to the popular "What to Expect When You're Expecting". Includes thorough info on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits, infant illnesses and safety. The only book on infant care to address both the physical and the emotional needs of the entire family.
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Excellent information for the first your of your child's life, with very specific answers to questions and instruction for remedies and when to involve a health professional. Very well researched an thought out. It helped us immensely with our daughter.
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this book answers every day questions you have. It is a very helpful resource.
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great book for new moms and dads
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I loved this book!
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Reassuring answers to 12 months of concerns. Addresses not only the needs of the infant but the physical and emotional needs of the entire family.
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Must have for a new mom.
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I loved this book! It helped me out many times and reassured me in my childs development.
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From the back cover:

To help you become the best-equipped parents possible, here is a complete first-year childcare manual. Includes thorough information on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits,infant illnesses, and safety.
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None of the book's three authors are doctors. None of them have advanced degrees in childhood development. Only one is a nurse. Perhaps they are all mothers, but none of them have the credentials to write an "authoritative" book on childcare.

The opinions given are not backed up by research. Much of the book contradicts the current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. Much of the advice is age-inappropriate (such as introducing solid foods and weaning from the breast), and some of it is downright cruel (such as sleep training). Part of the book is in question-answer format; the questions are often insipid and the answers are more often condescending. I don't know how the What To Expect series is so popular, because it's consistently garbage. For the sake of your baby, look somewhere else.