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What to Expect the First Year [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Murkoff , Sharon Mazel
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Book Description

Everything new parents need to know about the care (and feeding) of an infant, from the authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting. Covers monthly growth and development, feeding for every age and stage, sleep strategies that really work. Filled with the most practical tips (how to give a bath, decode your baby's crying, what to buy for baby, and when to return to work) and the most up-to-date medical advice (the latest on vaccines, vitamins, illnesses, SIDS, safety, and more. Reassuring Answers to Hundreds of Questions: -What's the best kind of car seat for my newborn?
-How do I know if my baby's getting enough to eat?
-How can I tell if my baby is really sick? When should I call the doctor?
-Should I sign my baby up for classes?
-Should I be worried that my baby isn't crawling yet?
-How do I cope with my colicky baby?

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Book Description

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.

From the Back Cover

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)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00121SI50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only parenting book I've actually used September 30, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I'm a dad and we've purchased various baby/parenting books, but this is by far the best.
Pros:
- 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.

Con:
- 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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneficial for these new parents! April 30, 2011
By H. Jin
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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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars buy the real book April 23, 2012
By Suzanne
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expansive but lacking expertise in places 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! September 17, 2011
Format:Hardcover
'What to Expect in the First Year' has been such a great resource that I wish I would have read it when I had more time (before the birth of our son). The topics discuss so many of the issues that we as women face with our little ones. In this book, the author talks about 'decoding and comforting crying' (see Harvey Karp's video on YouTube @ <...> for some amazing soothing techniques), sleeping through the night, breastfeeding, formula feeding, expressing milk, diapering tips, hospital checkups, starting solids, 'making the transition into parenthood', nursery setup, safety, naps, teething, incoming teeth, baby's attitudes and milestones, messy eating habits, new mommy and daddy concerns and so much more.

I don't know if it's the surging hormones of us preggers, but I get so fed up reading reviews that expect pregnancy books to magically address EVERY personal situation in EVERY way, shape and form. It's absurd and unrealistic. Personally, I have found this book very helpful. What this book provides the reader is a comprehensive guide to many of the issues that pregnant women face. Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, the book offers plenty of information and includes questions from real-world moms with varying perspectives. You don't have to agree with the author to glean some wisom from this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for first-time parents January 25, 2011
By Manpan
Format:Hardcover
This book, and the way it's laid out, is very useful for first-time parents. There are chapters that each focus on one month of your child's life (third month, fourth month, etc.). They start with milestones for each month (a range based on statistics of milestones the average child reaches at each month). Some parents have complained that these milestone lists are unhelpful and stress-inducing but the book (at least the latest edition, can't speak for the others) very clearly states that a parent should not be concerned unless the child consistently misses the milestone marks that 90 percent of children reach at each stage, as every child develops at different rates. I find the milestones to be right on for my child, whereas milestones I've read about on various parenting websites tend to be inaccurate.

Following the milestone section are sections about feeding and issues surrounding feeding, commonly asked questions for each month, and important information, like buying toys or how to find a sitter. There are also reference sections on health (which I have found NOT to be alarmist in the slightest) and surviving the first year post-partum.

Honestly I feel I would be lost without this book and I think just about every new parent would benefit from owning it and perusing it. It has a ton of very balanced information that respects the parents' own style and individual values.

I can't speak for the WTE during pregnancy books because I haven't read those.
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