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Your One Year Old: The Fun Loving, Fussy 12 To 24 Month Old

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  397 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
The child from twelve to twenty-four months of age is a joy to have around - some of the time, that is. This child is growing at an incredible rate, learning to walk, learning to touch, learning to love, and learning to say "No!" for the first time. All of this can be quite a handful for the new parent.

In this first book in the series from the renowned Gesell Institute, wh

Published (first published May 1st 1983)
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Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babies-work
This book gives a good overview of what one-year-olds are like, but I didn't learn anything I didn't know already (except that in the 80's people were way more sexist and they hit their kids a lot more). Entertaining, short, and probably useful for someone who hasn't been around a one-year-old before. My favorite things about the book are the index entry "'Up, up.' See Being picked up and carried, child's desire for" and the excerpt: "Supplementing such books as those rather ludicrous ones menti ...more
Tina Prevatte
I started reading this book when Louisa was in the midst of a particularly demanding period that involved lots of frustrated grunting at us and the occasional tantrum. At first it provided great insight and perspective on what can be expected from a one year old developmentally, and how to deal with them. I particularly liked the explanation of how children go through alternating periods of emotional equilibrium and disequilibrium, largely attributable to developmental changes they are dealing w ...more
Rachel Bryan
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is what I was looking for so I know what to expect; it explains where one year olds are emotionally and developmentally. I gained a few insights into my 16 month old. Some of the information is outdated - ashtrays and harnesses are mentioned a few times. And starting to potty train at a year?! But, overall, it was a quick, comprehensive read and I got what I wanted out of it. I will check out the other books in the series as my guy gets older.
Jah H.
Now that we have another kiddo, I'm rereading the series, as well as continuing on by year with my older child. I've seen with the first three books that's so much of the observations about child behavior and development is spot on, despite the fact that these books are pretty old!


A bit outdated for my taste. I find it particularly difficult to relate to the letters from parents asking for advice. That said, there are parts I could keep in addition to the parts that aren't relevant for me. I
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I'm glad I read this book. It does show its age in places (there's a warning about not leaving your cigarette where your one-year-old can reach it!), but most of it is basic information about child development and strategies for coping with where your one-year-old is developmentally. It's short and concise, with less repetition than is common in parenting books, so it was a quick read for me. One of the most useful points for me was the point that 1-year-olds need a lot of gross motor activity; ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
No-nonsense parenting advice with some retro charm/ridiculousness. Parenting books today probably would not praise the child harness quite so heartily or recommend you sew your child's clothes onto their body, but who is to say that today's advice won't sound goofy 30 years from now?

I also liked how the answer to every question or dilemma was, "Yeah, kids this age are off the wall. Just wait a few months and whatever problem you are having will probably be somewhat better." Ain't that the truth.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good information; some outdated ideas

I really enjoyed the brief, reassuring information about the developmental phases during the second year of life that impact my child's behavior. Given the age of the book, the language often feels dated, and the excerpts from the author's parenting column are amusing, but very dated in some cases (e.g. when they advise a woman who is afraid her Daddy's boy will grow into a homosexual! Although they do well in telling her not to worry while skirting the topic
Pamela Hubbard
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, back-to-basics book about the development of a one-year-old. It's not a parenting book, per se, but it just gives insight into what is happening in the brain and body of your child and how that might manifest. I have read TONS of parenting books, and not one of those books flat-out told me that 15-21 months would be hell (which is what we are going through) it was reassuring to read this book and know that we are on track and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This book is a bit dated (showing its age through anecdotes and references throughout the book) however the insight the author offers into a child's motivation, interests and development is fascinating! I did skip over the last 1/3 of the book, as it includes mainly letters from parents asking the author questions (back when it was originally published). Overall,I found the information very insightful and helpful in understanding my child at this age!
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I loved this whole series and found the books' developmental model to be so true in regard to children's periods of equilibrium and disequilibrium (periods of calm and adjustment versus periods of agitation and conflict).
Khadijah Hayley
Lovely to read about the qualities and habits that my son displays everyday. A very good book to read when the stresses of motherhood start pulling you down!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of good information if you can separate the dated content. There was advice that was obviously relevant/appropriate in 1980 (which other reviews have talked about) so you have to read it with the filter “this is a 30 year old book that hasn’t had an updated edition”. For example, it was written when people still smoked in front of their kids so there’s a few references to ash trays. As a child of the 80s I find this stuff interesting in its own way (to see what advice my pare ...more
Lauren Redmond
Useful ONLY in its overview of attributes at different age markers within the second year of life. The rest of the book was far too dated to be of help. The last chapter in particular was disturbing as concerns homophobia, sexism, and corporal punishment. I found it hard to engage with the writing style, and lamented having to finish this book to get to the next.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting and at times entertaining to read the kind of advice my parents likely received when I was a toddler, but I found the Happiest Baby/Toddler on the Block and How to Listen so Kids Will Talk to have more useful, actionable advice.
Shy Shalom
exhausting and not very informative
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so down-to-earth and funny. It really helped me feel like I'm not crazy and neither is my one-year-old. Hooray!
Lisa Eirene
Very dated, no new information.
Amy Kannel
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, own
This one is a lot more helpful than the four-year-old edition. Part “what to expect,” part “your kid is totally normal,” it’s a quick read on developmental stages and helps you put your toddler’s behavior in perspective. Generally speaking, I think Christian parents are a little too quick to label everything a one-year-old does as “defiance” and “rebelliousness” and “disobedient sin.” While I do believe children are afflicted with the same sinful nature that plagues us all, I think it would do u ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, parenting
I knew this book was written in the 80s when I started it, but it was recommended highly on one of the parenting blogs I like. Unfortunately, most of it is drastically out of date. If you have zero experience with one year-olds and can read with a critical eye, it has some helpful, general information, but most of the science is very out of date, and obviously cultural norms have changed. I don't think it's completely useless, as it does provide a good overview of what's normal for kids at 12, 1 ...more
Overall, an interesting book. The chapter about personality "systems" is a little outdated, I thought, but interesting to see where child psychology has come from since I was born. The letters from real parents were also interesting and though the frequency of "smacking" was a little alarming, most parents seemed exasperated by its inefficiency and were looking for other ways to deal with their toddlers - a plus. Overall, I'd recommend this book and am planning to read the next one about 2 year- ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
In some ways this text is by now decidedly outdated and revealing of just how far we have come in our parenting views. Most notably the authors casually mention a toddler picking up a cigarette and give advice on how to keep your toddlers from playing with ash trays. I also found the idea that there are only three body types and these physical body types serve as a predictor of temperament to be more than a little off. That said there is practical wisdom for parents of young children. Quick read ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been about 30 years since I read this book. The entire series was extremely helpful in raising our children. Given how outdated some reviews say this is perhaps I should go back and revisit this series, but what I remember is a set of books with amazingly accurate info on developmental stages and very sound general principles for giving effective discipline based on informed expectations. Many things have changed in these years, but I would guess that the solid foundations of these works wi ...more
Elizabeth Bober
Pretty good with a nice perspective on the abilities and interests of toddlers in the 12-15-and 18-month range. I'll probably re-read it as my youngest grows. It was clearly written a generation ago and some of the references are amusing and out of date. Toddlers love going for ash trays! Keep them in playpens! Plus a strange interlude in which the author suggests that personalities are pre-determined by body type. Whaaa? What strange phrenology-esque suggestions. That bit almost made me lose fa ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, parenting
Nice little overview of life with one-year-olds. It was a good reminder that a lot of the frustrations of this age are prominent because they can't yet communicate what they want to, but are old enough to want to communicate more specifically than the cries of the first year of their life. Overall, it was just helpful to hear that "yes, this is normal," and to recognize that the most difficult times are often the times of biggest growth!
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very specific, honest and informative guide to the behavior of a one to two year-old. The tone is more informative than instructive, which is a huge relief in a parenting book. Next to shelves of authors telling you how to parent, this book stands out as one that simply helps validate your experience and share what you are in for. It's also concise and doesn't repeat itself for the sake of making a thicker binding, the way a lot of this genre do. Great primer on your little person.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-and-family
Insightful and helpful, but desperately in need of an update. This series came highly recommended, based on the three year old book, but I picked up this one since this is the agree I'm tracking at the moment. I skimmed a lot, but it was helpful to see a professional explanation for some things I've been noticing. I will have to check out the four year old book soon, since that child is causing me more headaches at the moment. ;)
Ginger Clausen
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best series of books for parenting children aged 1-8! These books have helped me countless times in raising my four kids! The books show the stages of learning that chidren go through so you can understand why your child is behaving the way they are- what they are learning and how that affects their behavior. Kids are pretty predictable as they go through the basic stages such as self awareness and attachment to parents, learning, etc.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I fortunately checked this out from the library instead of buying a copy as this is quite dated and badly organized (children seem to vary much more in development time frames than this book implies as far as I can tell so organizing based on such short time periods makes things confusing). The only value to me was the laughs I got from "Stories From Real Life" section full of non-PC concerns about mamma's boys become homosexuals and backhanding children to prevent them from biting or spitting.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good guide to what is going on developmentally with your child and what is normal behavior. It's a little dated (was written a year before I was even born) so the pics are fun. Some of the letters at the end are humorous at best. I wouldn't reach to this book for parenting/discipline advice (which it really doesn't give much of anyway) but it's a good companion to my other gentle discipline books.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
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