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What to Expect the First Year

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  8,757 ratings  ·  653 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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Kathrynn
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.
Chad Warner
Jul 07, 2013 Chad Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Tracy
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...more
iHeyam
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:)
Carrie
***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
Боби
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...more
Christina
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
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...more
Sera
Nov 12, 2009 Sera rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Anne
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...more
stephanie
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.
Kristen


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.
Lisa
I found this book to be very helpful. The information is practical and objective, and it's always been very easy for me to find what I was looking for, whether it was developmental milestones for a particular age or what constitutes a "high fever" in a 1-month-old. I particularly like the way developmental milestones are listed: what most babies can do at this age, what some babies can do at this age, and what a few babies can do at this age. That framework helps keep in mind the wide range defi...more
Natalie
A great book filled with all kinds of useful information. Great for someone like me who has no idea what to do when it comes to babies. It addresses a whole host of situations and circumstances so pretty much anyone, no matter their lifestyle, can get something from this book. It will be a great reference book if I ever feel the need to look something up.

There are a couple not so great things, too, in my opinion. I felt like some of the information was common sense and didn't really need to be i...more
Jaclyn Harrison
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%).
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.
Danielle
I got this book at the Good Will and read it as my baby, born in April, went through his first year. It has a lot of good information about when babies hit milestones on average, ideas for games and toys that are appropriate for age, and some of the major concerns that parents run into in the first year. That said, I think there are a lot of better books out there for first-time parents, and I would not particularly recommend this one.

First of all, some of the health-related information is out...more
Lee
This book is fine but not the greatest available. I would suggest the Mayo Clinic book instead.
Marsha Stokes
Scott and I absolutely LOVE these books. We have all four of them (What to Expect BEFORE You're Expecting, What to Expect When You're Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, and What to Expect the Toddler Years) and we just love how much information they give you about starting and raising your family.

This author has a great sense of humor, and her books are very comprehensive. In this book, every chapter is a month of your baby's first year, and in that chapter she outlines most of the typica...more
Shelley N
This book is just like the rest of the series. While it has a relatively good amount of reliable information, it is written from the point of view that the reader is--and should be--pretty much afraid of everything. Just like the version meant for pregnant women, this book details all kinds of things that parents may or may not be afraid of or care about with their baby under 1. In general, I found much of their topic-specific information to be either outdated, overly cautious, or just plain wro...more
Holyn
This was such a helpful book for me during the past year of Adeline's (and my) life. I appreciated the common sense and no nonsense information found within. It was good to review around Adeline's birthday as she began a new month of life but also proved helpful when unusual events came up during our day to day life. (By the way, I appreciated this book much more than the one about pregnancy.)

Each chapter is arranged in the same order. They begin with developmental milestones - ones your child '...more
Annette
I have a love-hate relationship with this book and it's prequel "What to Expect While You're Expecting." On the one hand, it is filled with reams of solid information, advice, comforting reassurances and milestones, and should probably be considered a must-have for new and experienced parents' bookshelves. On the other, the authors are proponents of a truly radical (by American standards) diet for both mother and baby. They believe sugar should be avoided all-but-entirely, along with many fats -...more
Jennie
I actually started reading this book when our daughter, Sammie, was a few days old. It provided many answers to many questions we had from how much she should be eating as a week old baby to SIDS information. We found it to be a good interim resource when the pediatrician's office wasn't open or the question seemed too small for a nurse. The book is very heavy on breast feeding and has a lot of information on that throughout the months. Two things bothered me to the point of annoyance due to the...more
Elisa Bieg
I got this book after having my oldest was born, a little over 8 years ago. I started reading it, often going ahead of her age, curious of when my daughter would be doing certain things (the book is divided in chapters, by month, and each month you have a list of activities that your baby is likely to be doing at that specific age). I also read the end section of the book, which talks about illnesses and injuries. At times I wondered why I was reading all that stuff, as my daughter was very heal...more
Robin
Dec 29, 2010 Robin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I always used What to Expect When You're Expecting to get me through my pregnancies and really liked the information and the approach they took with that book. So I was hoping I would find this book just as useful to get me through my baby's first year. I did not like this book at all. I find myself disagreeing all too often with their parenting methods. I understand there are many different methods out there and my preferred ones are not the only right ones. That is why this gets two stars inst...more
Lindsey
A useful reference, particularly in the early months. Better read as a reference work instead of in large chunks. Like its predecessor, it has topical sections and month-by-month descriptions of baby's growth and development which emphasize the wide range of normal that exists.

My biggest gripe with the book is the same as with What to Expect When You're Expecting, namely that the reference subject chapters are grossly out of order. Breastfeeding is helpfully at the beginning but adjusting to par...more
Jeanine
I liked this book more than most of the other books about baby care I read. This book is however about the ideal, and not necessarily the reality of being a new mother.

I do appreciate that they at least try to be fair to both sides of most situations (like breastfeeding or not).

I didn't give it more stars for the following reasons:

1. It is more for parents of American or maybe British babies. Not everything suggested or talked about happens in every country (for example the frequent pediatric ch...more
jacky
I figure this will be on the currently reading shelf for a while.

I started reading it before Natalie's birth, but a lot of the info was a repeat from What to Expect When You're Expecting or from other sources I'd read (like books just on breastfeeding for example). However, I did find the lists of items to get helpful - especially the toiletry / medicine type items.

After the birth, reading the chapter on month one was been comforting. It has provided us with a place to look up things quickly (...more
Jenny
What to Expect the First Year is a reference guide to the first year of your child's life. The first section of the book goes through milestones/development/etc. month by month. The second section covers various topics by chapter (first aid, low birthweight babies, adopted babies, what it's like postpartum, etc.). Then there is a short third section that gives recipes for food appropriate for toddlers, common home remedies and common illnesses.

I was loaned this book by my friend Nancy. I though...more
Louis
A book on baby parenting is trying to supplement two other sources. For your average baby, it supplements the advice that one used to get from a myriad of aunties and grandmas who were close at hand to benefit from the experience of raising children. For the not-so average event, it supplements the pediatrician, who benefits from the experience of working with hundreds or thousands of children. And so the 'What to Expect' book provides exactly what the title says. 'What to Expect'. But the momen...more
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