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What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  12,645 Ratings  ·  761 Reviews
Some things about babies, happily, will never change. They still arrive warm, cuddly, soft, and smelling impossibly sweet. But how moms and dads care for their brand-new bundles of baby joy has changed-and now, so has the new-baby bible. Announcing the completely revised third edition of "What to Expect the First Year." With over 10.5 million copies in print, "First Year" ...more
ebook, 833 pages
Published October 8th 2008 by Workman Publishing (first published 1989)
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Chad Warner
Jul 05, 2015 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: What to Expect When You're Expecting
I read this because I liked What to Expect When You're Expecting. I liked this one even better. It's packed with facts and practical advice. As a first-time dad, I found it especially useful.

The chapters on illness and first aid are overwhelming; I quickly gave up on trying to take notes. I skimmed the chapters to become aware of what could happen, but I'd rather rely on advice from the pediatrician or medical staff in the event of serious sickness or injury.

I found the section on baby sign lang
Another manual that should come home from the hospital with the newborn! I devoured this book and have a lot of highlights! A must have for new moms and dads. Nicely laid out.

I'm glad I got this book out of the shelf to add to GRs. I found a Mother's Day card to me inside it from my Grandmother! God rest her soul.
Oct 02, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I will preface my review by saying that, apparently, my parenting style is referred to as "Attachment Parenting" which I understand is an institutional term for "Damn Hippie". I simply do what feels natural and right for me and my baby. I have learned to trust my baby, listen to her pediatrician (with a discerning ear), and phooey on anyone that tells me I HAVE to do X-Y-Z to make sure she scores high on the S-A-T. (seriously, if she doesn't eat solids at 120 days old, she will still learn to ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good, and it's definitely the most popular baby guide. But, there are other books that are better, like the one from the American Academy of Pediatricians, Caring for Your Baby and Young Child. I felt this book included too many topics that were just hype. It also covers topics in an inflammatory way, and then more calmly states the actual facts at the very end of a topic.

For instance, it lists a number of foods not to give your child the first or even second year. I was starting t
May 26, 2014 Боби rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Тази книга ми харесва с разностранната си изчерпателност. Има въпроси и отговори и информация в много посоки, някои от тях неподозирани от мен аспекти на живота на бебока. Насочи ме да търся и чета по успоредни теми, други книги и тн.

Както всяка книга-справочник, и тази не може да се изчете лесно от-до, а по-скоро седи на масата и току я прелистваш. Също така, не е добре всичко да се приема 1:1, винаги пречупвайте информацията през призмата на вашия живот и вашето дете.

(това по-долу важи за всич
Jul 21, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very unhelpful and I found it to be a bit biased or maybe just one-sided. She definitely has opinions so if that is what you're looking for maybe you'll like it. I also hated the way it was organized by month rather than by topic. If your baby isn't on the exact same path as she expects them to be then you will have to leaf through looking for the info you want. Also the Q&A sections of each chapter are strange. I didn't really find any useful information in the book. I don't know if there a ...more
Aug 26, 2010 iHeyam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب حجمة كبيير جداا وحقيقة لم استطع قراءته دفعة واحد هو أشبه بالمرجع لكل حالة.. نصائح ممتازة ومناسبة لكل أم .. من أهم الامور التي استفدت منها جداول الاعراض للامراض كثييرا لا نعلم ماسبب صياح الطفل لكن هناك بكل مرحلة عمرية تقريبا يوجد جدول للأعراض ومتابعة حالة الطفل من لون البراز ودرجة الحرارة لمعرفة حالة الطفل وسبب بكاءة.... أفادني كثييراا الحمدلله .. وأخيرا أتمت سارة عامها الاول وأتميت قرائتي للكتاب:)
Smita Jha
I think like a lot of people who loved "What to Expect when you're Expecting' I have mixed feelings about this book.

It was helpful and had a lot of useful information organized by age. But I think the first year is more about time ranges for things to happen and some specific issues just occupy more of your time. I spent half my time trying to figure out nutrition for the baby (breastfeeding and then solids) and then dealing with teething. Colic wasn't much fun either. The development stuff was
Dec 29, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be honest - I've only read through the "first month" chapter, but I feel like I'll always be coming back to this book to read and reread. And it's not going to sit on my "currently reading" book forever!

Things I like so far: the page with all the milestones and the step-by-step instructions on swaddling, changing diapers, nursing, etc. I'm sure there's more, but I'm in cram mode and I forget!!
Jaclyn Harrison
Sep 10, 2014 Jaclyn Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the month-to-month chapters. I also like that she lists milestones by the percentage of children that reach them by that age (90%, 75%, 50%, and 25%).
Nov 12, 2009 Sera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Parents
Shelves: parenting, own
Overall, a useful book but there are some organizational problems with it. Nothing major, though. I'm likely to purchase the next book in this series, because it gives nice examples of interactive activities that you can do with your child to work on development. Plus, it has recipes for those of us who like to make our own baby food, and it has FAQ throughout that in some instances, provides very useful and detailed information.

I read the Sears book in conjunction with this one, and I found thi
Nov 30, 2007 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This book has some basic information that's useful, and tables for common OTC drugs based on weight and type of suspension at the back that are great for when internet access is out and you need to look them up. And this book helped teach my husband how to change a diaper.

However, some of the information is just not great. I would recommend skipping the whole section on breastfeeding and reading some better books on it instead. The growth, eating, sleep, and sibling sections have been spectacula
Jun 14, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Recommended to Christina by: insurance company
My insurance company sent me this book for free. I have NEVER thrown a book in the trash but I am so tempted to do so with this one. I don't want to donate it out of fear someone will believe the crap they try to pull. Seriously, why the fuck would ANYONE promote a LOW FAT DIET FOR BABIES?! Over and over again! "Is a vegan diet okay for babies?" "Yeah, sure, it's healthy and low-fat!" FUCK YOU. BABIES NEED FAT TO SURVIVE. FOLLOWING THIS BOOK WILL KILL YOUR CHILDREN. If they can't even get that f ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had good information, but like the "what to expect when you're expecting," it had a very "judgy" tone overall. Also, since this is a book directed at parents of mostly healthy babies, I found that it over-emphasized what could go wrong. I get that people worry about blankets in cribs, but after reading this book, you'll be convinced that getting out of infancy without a crib straight up murdering your baby is impossible. A fairly good reference, but there are more neutral/less alarmist books ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a handy book for when you have questions. Wish it had more on what should be happening developmentally on a weekly basis like what to expect when your expecting had weekly updates on how the baby should be developing.
Nov 28, 2007 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book often made me feel like the worst parent in the world. It is very single-sided about most parenting stlyes that my husband and I are practicing, such as co-sleeping. If you are approaching parenting in a very loving and nurturing manner, I do not recommend that you read this book.
Stephanie Middleton
It was no doubt helpful to this clueless first time mom, but I won't be investing in the Toddler Years edition. Most of what I need parenting advice-wise seems to be online. Plus, this series is bizarrely organized and not very user friendly.
Apr 02, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I need a research based infant development book that cites studies. I don't believe anything. Sigh
Bethany Sanner
Not as neccessary as "What to expect when you're expecting" but still a comforting reference book...sometimes I disagree with it though...Mom knows best.
Sep 23, 2015 Noel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great "User's manual" for parents!
Jul 06, 2013 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fine but not the greatest available. I would suggest the Mayo Clinic book instead.
Laura Grable
Nov 17, 2016 Laura Grable rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I finally admit that I abandoned this book. I have just found that I tend to like to go my own way when it comes to parenting and that excess information can sometimes lead to me overwhelming myself. This book certainly has a ton of wonderful information, but it is very large and intimidating. I mostly used it prior to my baby's arrival to read up on suggestions about preparing for her arrival and the initial days after. After that, I chose to spend my limited free time reading fiction as I find ...more
The tone I found annoying in the "What to Expect when you're expecting" is welcomed in this volume as the challenges of raising a baby are broken into smaller manageable and bits with light humour and friendliness. The questions and section on "post-partum guilt" hit spot-on with what I was experiencing. I'll definitely keep this around as reference.
Jackie Connors
Jan 13, 2017 Jackie Connors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for navigating the second year of life. Includes visual aids and jargon free (laymen's terms) descriptions for understanding developmental milestones. Provides parents with practical suggestions for helping their young children.
Jan 16, 2017 Annamária rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I (re)read this book with every pregnancy and every baby. I think it is amazing how much information you can get from it. They answer any questions you could possibly have on the topic and I learn new things from it every time. I recommend this to all beginner mothers out there. Great book!
Harry Lee
Nov 13, 2016 Harry Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This book is the textbook to parenting. All the information you need in one book.

Read it again with every child that you have.
Jan 06, 2017 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practical handbook
Dec 22, 2016 Kristie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad as a starter book but it's true--nothing can really prepare you. Ever.
Lori Larsen
Nov 12, 2016 Lori Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful and informative for first time parents.
Oct 13, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my baby bible and helped me survive the first year! It had the perfect amount of useful information to read as a busy mom. I loved being able to know "what to expect" developmentally each month and also get advice on an array of topics as a first-time mom.
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