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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for first-time parents, January 25, 2011
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This review is from: What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing)) (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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