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What to Expect the First Year Kindle Edition

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America's bestselling guide to caring for a baby is now better than ever: announcing a two-years-in-the-making, cover-to-cover, line-by-line revision and update of the 6.9-million-copy What to Expect the First Year, the bible for taking care of a newborn through the milestone of his or her first birthday.

The Second Edition incorporates the most recent developments in pediatric medicine. Every question and answer have been revisited, and in response to letters from readers, dozens of new Q&As have been added. The book is more reader-friendly than ever, with updated cultural references, and the new material brings more in-depth coverage to issues such as newborn screening, home births and the resulting at-home newborn care, vitamins and vaccines, milk allergies, causes of colic, sleep problems, SIDS, returning to work, dealing with siblings, weaning, sippy cups, the expanded role of the father, and much more. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white line illustrations complement the fresher book with a fresher look.

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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.

Featuring a practical, illustrated Baby Care Primer, a First Aid Guide, and Best-Odds Recipes.

With special sections on the older sibling; selecting the right physician; seasonal concerns and traveling with baby; managing childhood illnesses; and nurturing the adopted baby, the low-birthweight infant, and the baby with specific problems.

"Unquestionably the best book for parents of infants in their first year of life that I have had the pleasure to read." (Morris Green, M.D., Perry W. Lesh Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University Medical Center)

"This complete, practical, and unique book will help parents prevent or solve the problems of caring for a newborn infant through the first year of life...I love it!" (Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center)

To help you become the best-equipped parents possible, here is a complete first-year 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.

Reassuring answers to 12 months of concerns:

-How do I cope with my colicky baby?

-How do I know when my baby is really sick and when I should call a doctor?

-How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?

-When is the best time to wean my baby?

-Why am I still having contractions now that I've delivered?

-When am I going to start feeling like a parent?

-How do I decide when to go back to work?

Product Details

  • File Size: 6518 KB
  • Print Length: 806 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 2nd Revised edition (June 25, 1905)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 1905
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00121SI50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Stokes on September 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a dad and we've purchased various baby/parenting books, but this is by far the best.
- the layout is excellent, I can easily find what I'm looking for without having to read through large sections.
- our daughter is 11 months now and the book has covered (with very few exceptions) everything we've had questions on.

- as any new parent has discovered, parenting is like politics, everyone has their own position. While this book overall does a good job of fairly presenting all positions, there are some areas where the authors' personal opinions slant the presentation. Just something to be aware of.
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on April 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The kindle version of this book doesn't contain all the extra box inserts that the real book contains and you miss a whole lot of information without them. Definitely not worth it. Wish I hadn't wasted the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RenaissanceMan TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must say that I found this book indispensable. As new parents with both inlaws and parents living far away and with friends who were just having babies themselves, we found that we had an utter ignorance about babies - simple things like changing diapers and waking up ever 3-4 hours through the night was tough enough but not know what to expect from my brand new adorable little germbag made for some challenging days and nights.

This book is not entirely perfect but its organized by month and what kind of behavior you should see from your kid during the first year. Its filled with advice, foods, developmental stuff etc.

I found it to be a great reference and I must say that it took me from being a helpless lump of quivering jello of a dad to being a pro dad who can change poopy diapers in 15 seconds flat, and that's with Destitin (if you don't know what Destitin is, you will - get the creamy variety).

Overall, as time went on, I found myself referencing the book less and less and I must say that I don't own the third book of what to expect the toddler years. One thing I have learned is that as a trained economist, the force of economics and negotiation play a key role with my toddler ... that plus lots of love and attention.

Good luck new parent. This book helps but doesn't solve all your problems. Its also quite cautious which I guess is necessary for a book like this. Your germbag is more resilient than you think - just feed ever few hours, change diaper every few hours, play with her/him every few hours, don't get any sleep in first year, spend a fortune on books, diapers, toys and shoes and you're on your way. Having a kid is kindof like owning a plant, an aquarium, a cat, a dog, a bird and an alarm clock plugged into your high powered stereo that goes off at random whenever it feels like it. And all of these things brings you so much joy that you wonder why you didn't do it sooner in life.

oh and get this book.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on April 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As with 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', I note that many negative reviews of this book contain blatant plugs for rival books. So read into that what you will.

'What To Expect: The First Year' has been greatly beneficial to these two new parents through the first 5 months of our child's life. Like its predecessor, the book is divided into monthly chapters, starting from birth. Each chapter begins with a brief outline of milestones that baby should be reaching, before discussing month-specific issues in greater detail. There is a wealth of information here, covering everything you can possibly think of, from feeding to bathing to baby behaviour. When is the best time to introduce solids? How do you discipline a ten month old effectively? What's the best method to put baby to sleep? What can we expect at each medical check-up? What I found fascinating was how comprehensive the book is, covering a whole range of issues that many new parents would never have thought about: how should you cut a baby's hair or brush a baby's teeth, for example? As with 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', the Question-and-Answer format ensures each chapter is well laid-out and easy to read; you can skip straight to the issue you're concerned about rather than be forced to read the whole chapter in a block.

In addition, there are special sections devoted to dressing baby for extreme heat or cold, treating a sick or injured child, as well as advice for the parents of a premature or disabled baby. Perhaps this is where some reviewers criticise the book for being "alarmist", but the book is merely comprehensive in facing up to the fact that not every baby is born "perfect".
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pawsforthought on May 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm not the target audience for this book, given that I'm an adoptive dad, and not a pregnant woman, and I was reminded of that fact in every page of this encyclopedic approach to baby care. The authors clearly bring a wealth of knowledge of all things baby, but I find they tackle some topics without the requisite expertise. Case in point: adoption. The sections devoted to adoption are written by someone with only a general understanding of adoption and few genuine insights and quite a few notions I just plain disagree with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.Lynd on October 2, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My husband and I adopted our sweet baby girl from birth. So with no 9 month prep period we certainly felt a bit lost on all the "how to's". This book provided an excellent guide and confidence boost that helped us bond with our daughter flawlessly. Highly recommend!
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