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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!
Wonderful reference book for anyone with Toddlers. Has individual sections on each month starting with 13th and going to the 24th. Then groupings of months 25-36. Includes sections on Care, Safety, feeding,Potty training, Health care, First Aid, Special need children, and parenting.
A really great book to help you through those magical and trying toddler years. This is a great series too. I used the pregnancy one, the first year and this one for all three of my kids and loved them.
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".
904 pages "A first-rate accomplishment . . . I can hardly imagine a paren'ts question that goes unanswered in these pages." Mark D. Widome, M.D. M.P.H., Professor of Periatrics, Pennsylvania State University
In direct continuation of What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year, America's most trusted pregnancy and child-care books, comes an all-inclusive guide for the parents of toddlers. Complete with information on self-esteem; emotional, physical, and social development; discipline; eccentric behaviors; and making time for yourself in the midst of it all.
this is in excellent shape. Only has a bit of what I guess is from sitting on a metal shelf on bottom edges of pages does not affect the book. the book is in otherwise exc. shape. Really great for first time moms
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.
Very good book for those who are lost raising their toddlers. It is very comprehensive as to what you should expect from the time you take your bundle of joy home until he graduates to a young child. Contains tons of info on feeding, taking care of special needs, stimulating learning, healthy snacks, etc.