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What to Expect the First Year Paperback – October 7, 2014
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From the Back Cover
The comprehensive month-by-month guide that clearly explains everything parents need to know about the first year with a new baby.
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. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 11 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm a second time mom, but I had my first son 13 years ago, so this time around I just wanted a quick refresher on life with a baby. I ended up reading the whole book! It was a great way to spend the last month while you're too uncomfortable to do anything and just anticipating the arrival of your baby. And I was actually surprised how much I learned!
"If you're among the softhearted or weak-nerved parents who just can't or won't listen to their babies crying it out, you may have another choice besides sleepless nights." [Crying it Out]
"Like most babies his age, your baby's already learning to be manipulative. And like most good momies, you're falling right into his trap... He plays on your insecurities, instills the guilt, and gets what he wants." [Baby's Misbehaving With You]
"Though it's not considered the ideal situation for infants, some mothers nevertheless turn to group day care because they have no other choice." [Group Day Care] "Most experts agree that if a mother can't be with her baby all of the time (because of work, school, or other commitments), the next best option is a mother substitute." [In-Home Care]
If the language rubs you the wrong way or is just less supporting/comforting than what you are seeking, you probably will not like this book as a source of answers.
I have found it useful as a source of dialogue; my husband and I have found the questions posed in the book to be a useful source of prompts for discussing/exploring our thoughts about parenting and children. So, I give it three stars for provoking communication. Highlight what works for you, scribble commentary all over the parts that don't work for you, and take it with a grain of salt.
This review is based on the first edition
For instance, there are recommendations about sensory-stimulating toys being good for baby's development, but there is no research presented to explain WHY these are recommended. I'm also skeptical about their recommendations about starting solid foods at exactly 6 months. There is no research explaining why 6 months is the magic age.
This book is also way too repetitive about Breastfeeding. Every single month there is a new Q&A for Breastfeeding, and the answers are incredibly long and repeat what was already discussed in earlier chapters.
Overall, I think this book makes me feel prepared to become a parent. I know I'll have questions along the way that the book won't have addressed, but I think it is a good starting point for my husband and I to start becoming aware of all we need to know about baby care.
- it has charts where you can monitor your babies development and know what percentile they are in.
- the newborn section is HUGE. Usually you have tons of questions when your baby is incredibly small and you feel helpless so this section really helps you there.
- It has FAQ's for each month.
- If your breastfeeding there is a huge section on it.
- I could not breastfeed my child and had to formula feed her from the get go. It covers breastfeeding thoroughly however it barely covers formula feeding and some of the effects that it has on your child such as constipation, gas, how to know how much to feed your child so that you don't over feed your child.
- Its organized in a weird way and unless you know exactly what you are looking for so that you can refer to the index you have to page through tons of information just to get one answer.
- While I know that there isn't a one size fits all for babies when it comes to milestones you really have to read into the chapter for the month of your baby to find out what they are.
I don't like looking things up on the internet because that can start a dangerous vortex of too much information and the reason I purchased this book is because it was highly recommended however I feel like its not organized really well and doesn't really help those that formula feed.