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What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect)

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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 is
Paperback, 832 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by Workman Publishing Company (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.
Apr 06, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it
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
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
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
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
Nov 12, 2009 Sera rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
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!!
Nov 30, 2007 Anne rated it it was ok
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
Sep 23, 2015 Noel rated it it was amazing
A great "User's manual" for parents!
Jan 14, 2015 Molly rated it it was ok
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
Apr 02, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok
I need a research based infant development book that cites studies. I don't believe anything. Sigh
Aug 09, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was ok
There is a lot of good information in this book, but it is also very preachy. I can tell the author is trying not to be biased about which parenting decisions she thinks are best, but she isn't very successful. I also think this book focuses too much on what could go wrong, which makes new mothers like myself (who are already neurotic as it is), more worried about rare diseases and risks than is truly warranted. Granted, I guess I am what people call a "crunchy" mom-- breastfeeding, cloth diaper ...more
Nov 28, 2007 Megan rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Nov 01, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it

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.
Jun 11, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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%).
Bethany Sanner
May 18, 2011 Bethany Sanner rated it liked it
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.
Dec 31, 2013 Danielle rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2013 Lee rated it liked it
This book is fine but not the greatest available. I would suggest the Mayo Clinic book instead.
Richard Knight
May 03, 2015 Richard Knight rated it it was amazing
Wow! Even though my wife jokes and calls a lot of the content in this book "propaganda," it still taught me a great deal about babies, which is a good thing since I have a daughter coming in August (Yes, thank you. Thank you). This book is an in-depth guide to help the clueless get a clue. It talked about everything from breastfeeding (Which I read, even though there's nothing I can do about it), to why babies might cry, to soothing injuries. So for somebody like me, who has only held a baby thr ...more
Erika RS
Sep 16, 2014 Erika RS rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stylistically, I would have given this book 1 star, but I did learn some useful information, so that ups it to two.

I had two problems with this book. The smaller is that this book is well organized but badly structured. Everything is clearly labeled. Sections are concise. But the overall structure of the book is kind of random. Each monthly chapter has some special topics that it goes in depth on, but those topics could have really gone anywhere in a 4 month time period. Thus, their actual place
Marsha Stokes
May 09, 2012 Marsha Stokes rated it it was amazing
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
Shelley N
Oct 19, 2013 Shelley N rated it liked it
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
Jul 26, 2009 Holyn rated it really liked it
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 '
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
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