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Maureen S. reviewed What to Expect the First Year on
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.
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 It is still has a lot of good information in it, but some of the information is out of date.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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++++
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.