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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Second Edition edition (October 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761152121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761152125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.

Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.

In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac

Customer Reviews

The information in this book is very helpful.
J. Baca
If you ever think that maybe your not cutting it as a mom - and most new moms will from time to time - read this book and find that you are doing just fine!
Valerie, Ohio
Great resource, highly recommend this book to all new parents!
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35 of 38 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.
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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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on April 23, 2012
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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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22 of 26 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pawsforthought on May 21, 2013
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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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kellan on August 25, 2011
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As someone who has worked with infants in homes and schools for many years (and as the mother of an 8 month old former preemie), I was very disappointed with this book. For a book that claims to give an overview of the first year, it is stupidly one-sided (but takes different stances on different issues--the attached parent will find just as many faults with this book as the tough love parent). Maybe it was just me, but some of the information just seemed plain wrong. Also, irritatingly, it is poorly written. You'd do much better with Brazelton's Touchpoints or just looking up milestones on the internet.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WYOmom on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you want to breastfeed then do NOT but this book. It often gives poor advice that will sabotage your breastfeeding relationship.

Also if you plan on attachment parenting (co-sleeping, baby wearing and responding to your child's needs in general) this is NOT the book for you. As some others have mentioned there was a good deal of information about Cry it Out to get baby to sleep. There is no reason for this and there are much gentler methods for getting baby to sleep. Not to mention that frequent night waking is common and the way that babies were designed

Better choices would be the Dr. Sears books among others.

I also felt that like the other "What to Expect Books" this book was alarmist in nature and does not allow for individual differences of children.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Daigler on May 28, 2010
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This is not the sort of book I want to read from cover to cover. I want to use it as a reference and look up questions about my newborn when I have them.

Unfortunately, the Kindle version does not have an index -- only an extremely lengthy Table of Contents. Without the ability to search in the Kindle app, this is completely useless to me. Waste of $10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie on November 26, 2013
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This was an okay book, I had 'What to Expect when you are Expecting' and these are nice to have on hand if you have a question or want to know what to look for in the different developmental stages.

Pros:
- Gives lots of helpful tips
- Let's you know what to look for each month
- Has a great index
- It is a great reference source, but also has a lot of common sense topics.

Cons:
- Everything is online

Overall, I'm glad that I own this book in case I'm looking something up or want to read over the different stages of development, but I don't think that it is necessary to own it, but you could borrow it from a library.
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