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What to Expect the First Year [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Murkoff , Sharon Mazel
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)

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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only parenting book I've actually used September 30, 2009
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneficial for these new parents! April 30, 2011
By H. Jin
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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40 of 50 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! September 17, 2011
'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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4 of 5 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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39 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible horrible not buy this book January 13, 2010
By Lilly
I cannot even believe how bad the advice is in this book. It is so outdated. It is one sided, it is horrible. I feel bad that this is available to new mothers. It goes against all motherly instinct. It talks about "spoiling" and how the baby manipulates at 6 and 7 months old. Babies do not manipulate. Babies cry because they have a NEED. If you meet their needs, they become secure and confident and independent. If you let them "cry it out" as this book recommends, they become clingy, insecure and more dependent. This book talks about primitive societies and how they carry their babies everywhere, and then states how our society is different and we need to push independence. I cannot stress this enough...Babies become independent when we meet their needs.If we ignore their needs, sure they will self soothe, but they will also lose trust, a very basic sense of trust that they are just learning to develop. I wear my babies everywhere, everyday. My now 3 year old is an amazing, confident, independent, secure kid. He slept through the night when HE was ready. I never forced these milestones on him. My 6 month old started sitting up on his own at 4 months, crawling at 5 months, and is now standing...and yes, I wear him like they do in "primitive societies" (rolling my eyes) He is sooo happy and smiling. He babbles up a storm. He does not manipulate me. He cries when he needs me, and it is my responsibility as a parent to meet his needs. DON"T BUY THIS HORRIBLE BOOK. I wish they would take it off the market.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for fathers as well as mothers
"What to Expect the First Year", the follow-up to the well-known and highly-acclaimed "What to Expect When You're Expecting", is a great book for a father-to-be to read before his... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Doktor Faustus
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
They loved it
Published 3 days ago by Gram
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
Yup..its what to expect the first year. Everything you need to know in one easy to read book. Better than advice from 'helpful' friends!
Published 6 days ago by Christopher C Santo
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough text for new parents
I am reading this now while pregnant with our first baby. It is informative and organized by each month and then reference sections in the back. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Melinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not so helpful.
Published 9 days ago by Hilary R Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was great and the book was in a great shape
Published 11 days ago by Noemi Prusiewicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This was a gift.
Published 12 days ago by Ermine Laud-Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
Great resource that we use everyday. We just had our first baby and there is excellent information in here and we don't have to worry about filtering through all the junk you get... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Steven Doen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Everything one needs to know about the first year is in this book. I am glad that I purchased it.
Published 18 days ago by hk
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
I love this easy "go to" reference boo when trying to figure out what my baby "should" be doing by now.
Published 18 days ago by Sarah Francis
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