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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
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This book presents itself like a 800 page novel, so if you don't like to read a lot or want more pictures, this book isn't for you. It's full of great material, but again, it reads like a thick book. It has some great growth charts in the back (but they're really small since the book is small) and it has great sections on common (and uncommon) illnesses. If you want straightforward information from a trustworthy source, you can't get much more trustworthy than the American Academy of Pedicatrics. If you LOVED your What to Expect When Expecting book, I would get the What to Expect in the First Year book. I didn't like the WTEWE book so I didn't get the first year book, I chose this one instead.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
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I have really enjoyed reading this book before my daughter was born and now re-reading the chapters as she gets older. I am a Family Medicine physician, so I feel that I know a lot about children, but this book has a lot of practical advice that is supported by the AAP and current clinical guidelines. It is also inexpensive. I think this is a great book for new parents.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
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My son is now 11 months old and this has sat on our coffee table since midway through my pregnancy. I have referred to it many, many times throughout that time. The table of contents are far too big to list out, but here are the major headings:

Preparing for a New Baby
Birth and the First Moments After
Basic Infant Care
Feeding your Baby: Breast and Bottle
Your Baby's First Days
The First Month
Age One Month through Three Months
Age Four Months through Seven Months
Age Eight Months through Twelve Months
Part-Time Care for your Baby
Keeping your Baby Safe
Emergencies
Abdominal/Gastrointestinal Tract
Behavior
Chest and Lungs
Developmental Disabilities
Ears, Nose and Throat
Eyes
Family Issues
Fever
Genitourinary Tract
Head, Neck and Nervous System
Heart
Immunizations
Musculoskelital Problems
Skin
Chronic Conditions and Diseases
The Environment and Your Baby

I have liked this so much that I've now ordered the AAP's book on birth to 5 years. I hope that it is as good a resource as this was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
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If you're going to buy a book to answer basic questions about your baby, this is a good one, but the American Academy of Pediatrics has published a more comprehensive version--"Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth through Age 5"--with the same information but covering a larger age range. This is the basic information your pediatrician will reference when telling you how to deal with common problems such as a stuffy nose, spitting up, etc. Whenever our son had a problem, we always called the pediatrician first but also read what this book had to say, and the suggestions were always the same. This book was also helpful in helping us diagnose his first ear infection! Also, it gives great info about how babies develop and how to play with your baby when he is super young.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
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Helpful guide. Our baby started vomiting at two weeks, and this book was a very helpful guide through what was a scary event.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
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I was very pleased with this purchase. This book contains lots of helpful information for the preparation of a new baby as well as caring for the baby once you are at home. It is not as extensive as the birth to five year version, but does contain everything you need to know for first time parents preparing for a new baby.

It provides important medical information in a way that is easy to read and understand without being too cumbersome. It also helps new parents understand what is normal, and what is cause for concern. I would recommend this book to any new parents or any parents that want a good reference manual written by the leading Pediatric experts in the country.

This version of it is small and compact so you can even stick in the diaper bag as a quick reference if needed.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
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I have an older edition of this book but I'm sure the updated version is only that much more helpful.
This has everything. Developmental milestones, physical growth, insturctions on how to feed at each stage, sleep training, and an entire section on all the major health problems babies can have. It has tylenol dose charts, etc. It is so helpful in so many ways!
I intend to buy a book from the American Academy of Pediatrics for the next phase as my son just turned age one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
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It has some good information such as milestones and such but I do find the organization very political. I believe politics should be left out of a book about raising a baby. I also found more than a few contradictions in the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2013
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As FTM, I wanted a baby book that was more credible than "What to expect the first year", but found the two books largely the same. Just like 'what to expect', this book includes a first aid, disease and vaccine portion and then goes on to explain babies' development for every month. The only thing where I've noticed this book is lacking is on the subject of sleep. I supplemented this book with 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child'. I really like that this book also has a section in each chapter dedicated to grandparents, explaining that things change over the years and to respect the parents' wishes and things like that! This book gives me more peace of mind than 'what to expect' because I know it's directly coming from the AAP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2014
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Very useful book for new parents, it's well structured and balanced and written with clarity and objectivity without pushing any particular view or parenting style. On controversial issues, the authors first provide an objective background, state the scientific community's position on the issue, and then state their own stance and explain why.
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