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Your Baby's First Year: Week By Week (Your Pregnancy Series), Second Edition Paperback – Bargain Price, January 28, 2005


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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0738209759
  • ASIN: B000CC4926
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Very helpful for new parents…Much more detail is provided than in some of the other popular publications." -- Atlanta Parent, May 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the father of five. He lives in Utah. Judith Schuler, M.S., has worked and cowritten books with Dr. Curtis for more than twenty years. Ms. Schuler divides her time between homes in Wyoming and Arizona.
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I like how the book discusses baby's development week by week and the milestones are fun.
Claire Williams
I personally also enjoyed Your Baby's First Year by the AAP and Dr. Spock's book.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By eurobin on January 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I tried to like this book. I enjoyed following along with my pregnancy each week and looked forward to reading a little about what to expect each week during my daughter's first year. But by the time she was 5 months old, I'd been instructed to let my baby cry-it-out, told I had to start solids or she'd never learn to eat on her own, and instructed that now was a good time to wean her from the breast to formula. Much of the advice in this book directly contradicts with what the AAP recommends, and even more of it contradicts with my mommy instincts. There are many great childrearing books out there, from the attachment parenting based Baby Book from Dr. Sears to the sound, mainstream advice from the AAP in Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. Please, please - look elsewhere for a parenting book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Indibean on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying I had no less than 4 books I consulted on a regular basis during my pregnancy and my favorite was the week to week guide. This book was a huge disappointment.

Not only do the weeks not always correspond to the age of the child (weeks vs. months), but I found that a lot of the milestones were a little ambitious as well. The book also comes across as very judgemental (baby swings are known as neglect-o-matics & cosutmes can scare a baby so keep him home on halloween) and gives you things to worry about without telling you why (to soothe a baby you can swing them, but don't bounce!). I think the book should offer advice and then it's up to me to figure out what to do.

At first I thought it was just me being post-partum and sensitive but my baby is 13 weeks old now and I can see, the book is just not helpful. Buy "What to Expect the First Year". It gives enough information without making you worry about every little thing and gives you enough information to make an informed desicion without telling you what to do.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By mhsa2mom on November 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone! Several of their recommendations are not only against the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, they would be detrimental to the physical and emotional development of a baby. Examples:

1. They mention introducing foods to babies at 4 months

2. They suggest that at 5 months moms may want to switch the baby over from breastmilk to formula

3. They downplay breastfeeding throughout the book

4. They give the Ferber method as a way of training a baby to sleep

Not to mention they give ridiculous timetables for babies' development. I usually "recycle" books I read by selling them on amazon.com, giving them to libraries, or giving them to women's shelters, but in good conscience I can't let this book be read again, so it's going in the trash.

If you're looking for a good baby development book, read Penelope Leach's "Your Baby and Child"--it's wonderful and she gives solid advice and encouragement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NoNonsenseMama on May 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Not even sure where to begin with this book! If you care about doing best for your baby, buy any book but this (and WTE books)!!

There are no pros for cloth diaper, breastfeeding is scarcely mentioned and not encouraged, and all in all the book is anti love and respect.

Mostly and dangerously is the advice regarding intact male genital care and solids. DO.NOT.RETRACT.EVER. Even with as common as circumcision is/was in the US our own American Academy of Pediatrics warns against this harmful practice! TISK TISK!

This book also suggests starting solids at 4 months, something that yet again goes against the American Academy of Pediatrics statement, which encourages exclusive breastfeeding for AT LEAST 6 months of age.

Giving this kind of advice is harmful to babies and highly inaccurate. I wouldn't waste my money on this unless I needed to start a fire!! "YOUR BABY AND CHILD FROM BIRTH TO AGE FIVE" by Penelope Leach is a much better unbiased and accurate book to turn to for child rearing.

Boo on Your Baby's First Year, don't waste that first year reading THIS garbage!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcela R. S. King on October 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're using this book as your only reference on baby care, you'd find yourself relatively uninformed on several important topics. For example: Breastfeeding is covered in a very cursory way. No pictures, no descriptions of techniques, only a half-hearted endorsement. The rest of the section sounds like it was written by baby formula manufacturers. In general, it was not a very well written book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kaf on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've never been critical of books. In fact, I'm usually easily persuaded when presented information. However, the minute I began reading this book, I was skeptical. In fact, my husband read the beginning and said, "This author should be shot" in reference to diapering the baby--"even dads can master this!" and comments about getting the father involved. What generation are we?
This is petty--however, grammar is important in books. Every time the author writes the word 'okay', it is spelled OK. Obviously the author does not know about formal/informal language. My first graders know the difference.
A few people also stated that information is presented at the wrong time. I found this to be true from the beginning. Such as in week 7, it explains the use of diaper bags. OH! I need one? Don't you think that I have left the house before week 7? This section even talks about what kinds of bags there are... small, large, over the shoulder, backpack (which dads prefer). Does the author think we are of lower intelligence? I've seen a bag or two in my time.
I found that in most areas of the book, the author was trying to fill space. Such as when the author discusses baby swings, he explains the different types. "Some swings have only one speed, but speed options range from one to six!" He was just running out of things to talk about. Oh, and by the way, he says some people believe swings are "neglect-o-matics". You can hear the bias in his writing.
Do not purchase this book if you want good quality information. Do buy this book if you want to be amused by the stupidity.
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