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What to Expect the First Year, Second Edition Paperback – October 8, 2008
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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 the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated.
Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever—packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too.
Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals—crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements—are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today’s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear. Also new: tips on preparing homemade baby food, the latest recommendations on starting solids, research on the impact of screen time (TVs, tablets, apps, computers), and “For Parents” boxes that focus on mom’s and dad’s needs. Throughout, topics are organized more intuitively than ever, for the best user experience possible.
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Featuring a practical, illustrated Baby Care Primer, a First Aid Guide, and Best-Odds Recipes.
With special sections on the older sibling; selecting the right physician; seasonal concerns and traveling with baby; managing childhood illnesses; and nurturing the adopted baby, the low-birthweight infant, and the baby with specific problems.
"Unquestionably the best book for parents of infants in their first year of life that I have had the pleasure to read." (Morris Green, M.D., Perry W. Lesh Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University Medical Center)
"This complete, practical, and unique book will help parents prevent or solve the problems of caring for a newborn infant through the first year of life...I love it!" (Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center)
To help you become the best-equipped parents possible, here is a complete first-year manual from the authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting, America's pregnancy bible. Includes thorough information on baby's monthly growth and development, feeding, sleeping habits, infant illnesses, and safety.
Reassuring answers to 12 months of concerns:
-How do I cope with my colicky baby?
-How do I know when my baby is really sick and when I should call a doctor?
-How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?
-When is the best time to wean my baby?
-Why am I still having contractions now that I've delivered?
-When am I going to start feeling like a parent?
-How do I decide when to go back to work?
About the Author
It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.
Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.
In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac
- Publisher : Workman Publishing Company; 2nd Revised edition (October 8, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 806 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0761129588
- ISBN-13 : 978-0761129585
- Item Weight : 2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.63 x 8.92 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #721,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For example, my baby's first fever threw me for a loop. I called the doc's office and was told to go to the ER, but I also looked up the info in the book on fevers. One of the recommendations was to keep giving formula. Well, after getting projectile-vomitted on almost immediately after giving her formula, I realized that was a bad idea. This actually happened when I was in the ER, and the nurse looked at me like I had two heads when she realized I had just given my baby some formula. Despite me telling her that I was concerned about my daughter being dehydrated (as the book had warned), she treated me like Mommy Dearest for that. Another much nicer nurse taught me all about Pedialyte and other things to do for fever. Despite this experience with the info in the book, I have found the majority of what's there to be right on point. It was great to have so much info packed into one book. Phone calls to moms, grandmoms, sisters, and aunts won't hurt either.
When I was looking for a guidebook for my daughter's first year, I looked all around, and even received a different book from a relative. Then someone lent me this book - and it's just the gold standard. Sometimes everyone buys something because it's the best! I really like the style of this book, the reassuring but informative tone, and the different sections assisting families of babies with different needs (special needs, adoption, etc). But mostly, I just like the information it provides on my daughter every month! A really good one - go get it.
BTW this review will come up with my husbands name in case there are any questions ;)
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However, I have taken off one star as whoever adapted this for the UK was really sloppy. For example, instead of talking about the ISOFIX system for car seats, the book talks about LATCH, which I assume is an American system. There's talk of whether to let your baby share your room at the hospital ('rooming in') - errr, us NHS patients don't get a choice! - and in the breastfeeding section, it says women have no rights to breastfeed in public in the UK, which is completely wrong (there is actually a law). It makes me worry a little about what else may be innacurate that I haven't spotted.
This would be a 5-star book for me if these annoying inaccuracies had been fixed. However, Americanisms aside, I still think it's well worth owning.
It would have been extremely useful to read it in advance (particularly the breastfeeding section - please do this if you are planning to breastfeed. I found breastfeeding very difficult and there really wasn't time to read in the first few days when I needed the info most). I just didn't find the format very enticing while I was pregnant (I found it hard to look that far forward and thought it would be better to read each section at the relevant time). However, I'd urge anyone to read at least the first few months before you child comes along as there is a wealth of information much of which is relevant from the word go.
Each section has details of what your child should be doing which I still refer to now.
A very useful reference book but not a very exciting read.
I've got this book in anticipation of our imminent arrival and I've not been so impressed. Maybe I'm looking for something different in a parenting book to the pregnancy one. It's much more (I presume) American in it's philosophy doesn't seem as impartial to different view points. And some of the advice it has given has contradicted what we have been told directly by midwives and healthcare professionals
It's a chunky book, which still addresses lots of questions and has a good index, and for £7.99 I'm not too disappointed and will dip in and out of. But wasn't the reassuring read I was hoping for.
I would recomment to any new mum & I know I'll be keeping my copy close for any other arrivals.
5 stars for the whole series!.