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Beneficial for these new parents!,
This review is from: What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect (Workman Publishing)) (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". The sections on chornically ill or developmentally-challenged babies are handled with tact and sensitiviity, and are not "alarmist" in any way. Finally, there are sections devoted to the health and wellbeing of the new parents. The advice for new mothers is very comprehensive, although once again as a new father I found the section for Dads a bit vague and patronising. The book seems to assume that the only thing men care about is making love and having their wife get her bikini figure back....you'd think they could come up with more than that.
That very minor quibble apart, we have found 'The First Year' an essential and extremeley comprehensive reference book, and would recommend it to all new parents.