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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491 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

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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 37 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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21 of 24 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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47 of 57 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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5 of 6 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By palmershire on 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 By Manpan on January 25, 2011
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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