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What to Expect the Toddler Years

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,594 ratings  ·  175 reviews
In a direct continuation of What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year, America's most trusted pregnancy and child-care books, comes an all-inclusive guide for the parents of toddlers. Complete with information on self-esteem; emotional, physical, and social development; discipline; eccentric behaviors; and making time for yourself in the midst ...more
Paperback, 904 pages
Published January 11th 1994 by Workman Publishing (first published 1994)
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Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Some parts are good. I like the "By this age your child may do... should do..." insets, the age-based chapters and the generally straightforward factual style, but as I dipped in and read portions I found parts that were downright alarming, and which reminded me why I threw away the "When You're Expecting" book.

For example (and I realize my copy is older so this may have been removed later): unless your family has a very rare or dangerous genetic disorder, I don't believe there is any reason to
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I may be the only person who actually read all 900 pages of this book - wow! I was working through it for 2 years! All in all, I found it to be a great resource. As I read through the sections covering each month, I found that the topics they adressed were often right on target with what my toddler and I were going thought. Tons of helpful, well-researched info. The reference secitons in the back were also really great. Really found the "Potty Learning" section helpful. That all being said, ther ...more
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An indespensible good book chock full of wisdom about the toddler years.
Some good tips but most beneficial in helping me realize that the range of questions I have had about parenting my toddler are completely normal, and that overall our parenting is going just fine.
Emily Dybdahl
This is a good reference. It's the size of a traditional phone book which is why it took me many months to finish...but, full of good info.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure it has all the answers to toddler related questions one might have. Valuable read.
Multă informație.
Alyce Wilson
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received the 1994 edition of this book second-hand, and I'm happy I didn't pay for it. While "What to Expect While You're Expecting" is recognized as a valuable book for expectant mothers, I find this sequel to be more alarmist than helpful for parents of toddlers.

While I expect to both agree and disagree with any parenting book, when I'm reading this one, I more often disagree. It's possible that newer editions have changed the advice given, but in this edition, the authors recommend the Ferb
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting-books
Take the advice as one perspective in raising a toddler; some of it is a bit restrictive for everyday life (e.g. The Best Odds Diet). But balanced with other viewpoints, is a decent reference of general inquiries.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who liked the first books in this series
Shelves: nonfiction, 2005
Ugh - more preaching... I don't even think I finished this one...
Shavar Ross
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing series. Extremely informative.
Chad Warner
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
A very informative parent’s guide to months 12-36, based on research and expert advice. Part 1 is divided into months; Part 2 covers toddler care, health, and safety in general. It contains just enough humor for this type of book.

I read it cover to cover, but at over 1100 pages, it’s better used as a reference than as a book to read straight through.

I agreed with most of advice, which is backed by research and seems sensible. One area I disagreed is with the authors’ recommendation to be open wh
Sally Edsall
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is very comprehensive. Thank goodness there is a comprehensive index, because the arrangement is a bit off-putting.

The chapters are broken down "chronologically" - The Thirteenth Month, The 25th to 27th Month etc etc.

Within each section it contains "milestones" type information - carefully labelled 'what your child MIGHT be doing' (it reinforces that children develop at different rates, but it still does encourage you to compare 'your child' with some 'norm'.

After that there are sections on
Lisa Wells
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like the month by month break down as your toddler progresses. You can read how many words the average baby speaks, follow along on the milestones, and just confirm adoringly that your toddler is indeed smiling or reciprocating or whatever they’re huge achievement is that month. But yes, I read it cover to cover like an OCD freak
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
There are always enough helpful tidbits in the What to Expect books that make them worth the read. However, they could easily pack all of the same information in a book half as long. It is almost like they felt the need to take up more pages in order to make the book more valid.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good month by month summaries if you're into benchmarking your kids obsessively (which obviously, I am) but just like the When Expecting Version, too chatty, not clinical and crisp enough for my taste.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent resource for the 2nd (and 3rd, I assume) year of parenting but most of it is pretty outdated.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok for a general overview.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Very helpful reference book.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful, like the books for expecting/pregnancy and baby's first year. I recommend any of these three books for any parents experiencing any of these stages of parenting.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
There are just too many variables for this format to be very helpful anymore.
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I haven't really read all of this by any means, but I read the first few chapters pertaining to my daughters age, as well as toilet training, toddler nutrition, and safety. And while I think it's probably a good reference to have on hand (although I haven't really read any of the other toddler books out there yet for comparison), I felt like the authors used the same authoritative tone that I probably used with parents in residency before I had my own kid and realized that it's a lot ea ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm not actually "done" with this book, but I decided to take it off my "currently reading" shelf because it's not exactly a book I'm just reading straight through. I read this book a chapter at a time, as my son reaches different developmental stages, so I know what to look for and nurture in my son. As such, it is an excellent book. I can see where his curiosities are, and there are some fantastic suggestions for ways to encourage his learning and experiencing the world around us. I now know h ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, series
Most of the information provided was helpful - although there were some particular things I would have liked to have expanded information on, and other information seemed repetative. Also, there were questionsin my mind of things like "what if the child eats Mould?" or something along those lines that there was nothing. In fact everything I have ever tried to look up in this book - there is NOTHING there... I would like those things addressed. On the other hand there were some things (like how t ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I'm reading this after my son has passed the target age for the book, so my motivation to finish it lessened as time went by. I found the organization of subjects by age (in months) difficult to make a topic searchable. I realize this is the "what to expect" format, but I find it doesn't work for me for that age.

From what I read, I didn't get that much usefulness out of it. I got a few ideas, like making sure to use proper pronouns instead of referring to ourselves as "maman" or "pap
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
it's a classic, and I like the detailed information, but I actually prefer Portable Pediatrician, Second Edition by Laura Nathanson, it's not quite as detailed, but also less likely to scare me into thinking my kids are not developing properly or coming down with some dread disease. And make sure to read The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood by Vicki Iovine, to remind yourself not to take all this too seriously.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Helpful info, but I didn't read it cover-to-cover. At this age (Michael is 17 mos.), babies are so different that many of the issues in the book didn't apply to me/Mikey. The sections that did apply were helpful. The "What your Child Should Be able to Do" section for each month was useful in both reassuring me that Michael is on target for the skills he should have and showed me a few more things that I should start working on with him soon. So, from that standpoint, the book does help provide m ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent reference book for developmental milestones, physical developments, what to expect at doctor visits as well as any medical issue that may arise. We did have a few that weren't in the book, however, so it's not completely inclusive. For me, it was hit or miss in regards to parenting advice. I do not agree with every opinion Murkoff has in regards to child rearing, and for that reason alone I did not get as much out of this book as I did out of "What to Expect when You're Expecting" and "Wh ...more
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-parenting, 2011
I'm getting a bit frustrated with this series. Not because of the content, but because of the formating. Maybe I should be paying more attention to the table of contents, but nevertheless, I'm frustrated that sections on parenting toddlers and feeding toddlers are closer to the end. Shouldn't that come first? Instead, I happen upon them by accident on the way to the index.

I also am starting to dislike the overwhelming focus on safty in this book in particular. I understand that she needs to be
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I'm a sucker for the question-answer format of any parenting book, and this one asked most of the questions I had about "why the hell is my kid doing what he's doing." Lots of great resources in the back of the book, like a list of common kid diseases and ailments--and I appreciated them telling me which ones I should freak out about and which ones I shouldn't. Also, reading some of the questions that I *didn't* have made me feel better about my own kid. Like, "how do I get my kid to stop biting ...more
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