What to Expect the First Year Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Featuring a practical, illustrated Baby Care Primer, a First Aid Guide, and Best-Odds Recipes.
With special sections on the older sibling; selecting the right physician; seasonal concerns and traveling with baby; managing childhood illnesses; and nurturing the adopted baby, the low-birthweight infant, and the baby with specific problems.
"Unquestionably the best book for parents of infants in their first year of life that I have had the pleasure to read." (Morris Green, M.D., Perry W. Lesh Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University Medical Center)
"This complete, practical, and unique book will help parents prevent or solve the problems of caring for a newborn infant through the first year of life...I love it!" (Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center)
To help you become the best-equipped parents possible, here is a complete first-year manual from the authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting, America's pregnancy bible. Includes thorough information on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits, infant illnesses, and safety.
Reassuring answers to 12 months of concerns:
-How do I cope with my colicky baby?
-How do I know when my baby is really sick and when I should call a doctor?
-How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?
-When is the best time to wean my baby?
-Why am I still having contractions now that I've delivered?
-When am I going to start feeling like a parent?
-How do I decide when to go back to work?
About the Author
Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books with over 38 million copies in print. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 18 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk moms around the world expect healthier pregnancies, safer deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.
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Just a few Negatives - The opening paragraph covers development in a particular month. I really wish that this paragraph covered more, and that it was broken down week by week, instead of by month. I think new parents are generally fascinated to learn what development is taking place in a particular week. If the book was broken down this way it would help parents refer to it more and they follow thier child's development more closely. After I read the book at the beginning of the month, I feel like I dont' need to look at it again until the next month comes around.
Another suggestion would be outline the number of weeks that fall under a particular month. Example - Instead of just having "The Third Month' as the chapter title, have it as "The Third Month - weeks 9-12" instead. This was done in the Pregnancy book and I found it very helpful.
So, when my daughter and son-in-law blessed me with our first grandchild, I purchased this book for them - along with some sticky notes. I told them, they will want to mark some pages for easy referral. With them living away from us, they referred to the book quite frequently when they had questions. Many times it put them at ease to read about what they and/or they new baby were experiencing.
I later asked if they thought it would be a good baby shower gift. A resounding "Yes!" followed! Highly recommend and the price at Amazon is the best you'll find!
- questions to ask at pediatrician appointments
- situations that other parents have faced and whether it is normal
This just makes things less stressful, in that you have a resource to turn to when you just wonder what is happening in your child's development, and if something is normal or you should look into it further.
The organization is really easy to use and this makes a great book to have on your shelf to turn to now and again.
I recommend it as a great reference, not to substitute doctor's advice. The only down side is how hard it is to find topics quickly. With a new born I rarely had time to look things up in the appendix. But that's to be expected.
BUY IT!!! You won't regret it, I didn't.
Top international reviews
it gives you practical advice missing from other books in addition to the standard ones.
its by my bedside and my 1st point of call for every situation
If you don't want to do any other research, this book will help bring you from zero knowledge to a level adequate to take care of a baby, but if you read mothering blogs in preparation for the first year, your knowledge is probably already beyond the level of this book.