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Product Details

  • Series: Great Expectations
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402736460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402736469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mother-daughter team who coauthored two other Great Expectations books open this outsized parenting manual with a chronology of what to expect—day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month—during baby's first year. They follow with a how-to section (feeding, diapering and other baby care issues), a shopping guide (analyzing features of strollers, cribs and car seats), a review of parental issues (mostly mom's physical and mental needs) and an A–Z of baby medical problems. This layout breeds a lot of overlap; some issues—car seats, breast-feeding, crib hazards—are covered repeatedly. While the authors mention that 35% of children in America are born to single mothers, the target audience is the traditional nuclear family, preferably one with ample financial and social resources. They're very modern in their trust-your-instincts advice, stressing that parents are wise enough to choose their own parenting style—comforting crying babies vs. ignoring them, etc. Likewise, they don't fret about boosting baby's I.Q. with fancy toys. Philosophical issues aside, the eye-catching charts and diagrams are bound to catch the eyes of bookstore browsers. (July)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JRJ on September 25, 2010
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As a new parent, I wanted to know exactly what to expect from my baby. The book if fantastic. It is easy to read & very detailed. I've read several (7-8) parenting, baby, or what to expect books & this one is my favorite. Some of the info is a little redundant, but detailed descriptions of development make it great. There are tips to keep your sanity, guides for baby gear, feeding your baby, and illnesses/medical guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squanto on November 15, 2011
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I love this book and cannot recommend it enough. It is the closest thing you will find to getting a set of instructions with your newborn.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marisha Childs on October 11, 2008
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There are tons of books for first time parent's however this one really covered everything in a thorough neutral way. It was nice to see a chart telling when you should buy baby stuff (i.e., bouncer, high chair, stroller). As with all baby books, the information is just a suggestion and not the gospel, but I really enjoyed this, more so than the "Everything Series" book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Horton on December 13, 2007
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I read the first book while pregnant and really liked it. It's real info without making you paranoid like the What To Expect books. This book gives great info for every step of the first year. Great book...can't recommend it enough! I want to get it for my friend's who are expecting.
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By Christine Ferrari on May 14, 2013
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Very Informative and breaks down everything you need to know week by week and then month by month. A must have for new parents!
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I liked that this book has a separate sections for baby gear, baby illnesses, baby development and many many resource websites, organizations and has a wonderful parent's dictionary. It was not one of my favorite books however very informative.
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