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What to Expect the First Year

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    Good general information, bad parenting advice

    This book has good general advice on what developmental milestones your baby may be reaching and the symptoms of various illnesses. However, the parenting advice is very outdated and harsh. They want you to treat your baby like a puppy that needs to be trained to behave, instead of as an individual with wants and needs of their own. They are very oppossed to extended breast feeding, co sleeping and responding to a babies signals. I'm sure people who follow this advice have well behaved babies, but at what cost? Are these the kids that freak out in high school because they have never had their needs met? I would recommend instead The Baby Book and First Feelings for good advice on parenting a baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    Outdated breastfeeding info...AAP recommends minimum of one year!

    I have had this book for years, and I am always frustrated by the breastfeeding 'advice'. The AAP recommends nursing for *at least* one year, and the WHO recommends at least two years. This book starts giving weaning information when your baby is only a few months old! I hope they will revise this with current information! I did enjoy looking at developmental milestones each month.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    Prepare to be disappointed!

    This book and What to Expect when you are Expecting were given to me as a gift. Good thing because after reading only half of it I would have been very angry that I'd wasted my money on the book. I loved the first book in this series but was very dissappointed by the narrow minded opinions expressed in the second one. I expected the author to offer a better educated view on topics such as nutrition and co-sleeping, to name a few. Her suggestions on getting your baby to sleep through the night upset me so much that I haven't picked up the book since. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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