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What to Expect When Mommy's Having a Baby (What to Expect)

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Growing Up Just Got Easier ...With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.

Congratulations - you're having another baby! You're excited and a little nervous, but most of all you're wondering how you're going to explain this miraculous, but complex, p
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by HarperFestival (first published 2000)
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Jun 27, 2011 Adrienna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My 8-year old niece is reading it to me and looking at pictures. She reads so good too. I enjoyed the reading! We asked, what are some healthy foods we like to eat: she picked salad and I picked apples and watermelon. She said we should also have exercise clothes like the dog and family does in the book. Great illustrations on showing the stages of the baby too.

I had to help with the word, "umbilical" cord. Otherwise, she did very good at reading the story to me. She knew that the food is eaten
Liked this book better after reading the author's note at the end. As it explained what when daddy's sperm and mommy's ovem fit together like a puzzle, a baby is made I thought that that might be a little too much. The author's note, however, explained that parents should read the book first, decide what is appropriate for their child/children and add/edit/delete as they read to their kids, though this would obviously only work with the nonreader. The advice they gave was to just answer your chi ...more
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Jun 30, 2011 Jessica Wirth rated it really liked it
Loved this! The language wasn't much different from what I was using anyway - very technical and biologically correct, but the pictures helped drive the idea home! I would recommend this to anyone with a obstetrically curious youngster!
Jun 09, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I left out the part about daddy putting his sperm inside of mommy because, you know, she's four. That is a can of sperm--I mean worms--I don't want to open just yet. But the rest was good, especially the part about giving mommy her rest.
Dec 07, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good intro for toddlers! We changed many words to better suit our family (skipped the page about how the baby is made, talked about the midwife rather than the doctor, etc) but this was a helpful explanation for our little ones.
Mar 26, 2009 Edina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kid has questions? You answer them. Don't read them a boring book.
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Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect series and author of Eating Well When You're Expecting, The What to Expect Pregnancy Journal & Organizer, What to Expect the First Year, The What to Expect Baby-Sitter's Handbook, and the What to Expect Kids series from HarperCollins. Her interactive website is, and she lives with her family in Los Angeles, California. ...more
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