What to Expect The Toddler Years Author:Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E. Hathaway They guided you through pregnancy, they guided you through baby's first year, and now they'll guide you through the toddler years. In a direct continuation of What to Expect When You're Expecting (over 9.6 million copies in print) and What to Expect the First Year (over 5.6 million copies in print), America's be... more »stselling pregnancy and childcare authors turn their uniquely comprehensive, lively, and reassuring coverage to years two and three.
Organized month by month for the second year (months 12-24) and quarterly through the third year (months 24-36), What to Expect the Toddler Years covers each growth and development phase parents are likely to encounter -- when they're likely to encounter it. Hundreds of questions and answers treat everything from eating and sleeping problems to day care, tantrums, bottle mouth, shyness, self-esteem, and more. An entire third section of the book is devoted to toilet training, safety, and health, and a fourth covers special concerns -- the exceptional child, siblings, and balancing work and parenting.
Remarkably thorough, caring and intelligent, What to Expect the Toddler Years is as valuable for the seasoned parent as it is for the new parent.« less
Leila R. reviewed What to Expect: The Toddler Years on
Helpful Score: 5
I was very disappointed with the advice in this book and found myself disagreeing with some of it. I was completely incredulous to hear the author DIScourage breastfeeding beyond 12 months of age! I guess she must not be aware of all the evidence that points to breastmilk being beneficial up to 2 years+. A lot of other advice in the book seems arbitrary and not backed up by research or proof. There were only a few sections that I disagreed with and the rest of the book is filled with good information. But they touched enough of a nerve that I would never give this book away to a friend.
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 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.
When my oldest daughter, now 10, was born, I lived by these books! It was great to have such a wonderful resource (other than my mom) because I was the first of all my friends to become a mother! Now, as a mom of 3, I still consult my "mommy bible" and give these as gifts to all of my "new mommy" friends!
This book was very helpful with my first and second child, as all children are different. I love how it covers the most laid back easy going kids all the way to the extreme hard to handle little ones. I have referred to this book on many occasions.
Picked this up from a rummage sale and although it was somewhat helpful during my son's toddler years I still had to muddle through quite a bit on my own simply because my son didn't fit into the "mold" of how this was written. I have a child that isn't quite the usual when it comes to development so although the general information is helpful, it doesn't help too much if your child is either behind or advanced or just "different".