What to Expect the First Year

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From the authors of the bestselling What to Expect When You're Expecting comes the most comprehensive guide available on the next phase of parenting-newborn care. The authors have made the first year easier for parents by advocating a common-sense, you-can-do-it approach to parenthood. The volume is encyclopedic in its coverage, leading parents from month to month, check-up to check-up, even feeding to feeding. Sections cover sleeping habits, infant illnesses, safety, postpartum depression (for mom and dad), ...
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Overview

From the authors of the bestselling What to Expect When You're Expecting comes the most comprehensive guide available on the next phase of parenting-newborn care. The authors have made the first year easier for parents by advocating a common-sense, you-can-do-it approach to parenthood. The volume is encyclopedic in its coverage, leading parents from month to month, check-up to check-up, even feeding to feeding. Sections cover sleeping habits, infant illnesses, safety, postpartum depression (for mom and dad), traveling with baby, seasonal care, first food recipes, common home remedies and a chart of common childhood illnesses. Through consultation with top specialists and scrupulous attention to detail, the team succeeds in providing the most up-to-date information on every area of post-pregnancy and infant care. Winner of the 1994 Parenting "Hall of Fame" Award from Child Magazine's Child's Best Parenting Book Award.

A comprehensive guide to newborn care. Chapters on each month address basic expectations of behavior and growth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Parents-to-be are likely to find themselves quickly immersed in this highly authoritative manual by the collaborators of What to Expect When You're Expecting. Nearly 700 pages of snappily written, friendly advice, constructed in the form of chatty answers to hypothetical questions, are arranged on a month-by-month basis. For each of 12 months, there are a guide to the progress the baby may be expected to be making at this stage, a list of potential health or other problems and paragraphs on the myriad questions all new parents ask--on subjects as various as in-home care, birthmarks, circumcision and breath-holding. Other sections cover what to buy for a new-born, first aid, recipes, adoption and even how to enjoy the first year, in terms of the parents' own activities, such as social life and sex. An extensive index leads the reader to information that wouldn't normally be accessed using the month-to-month arrangement--and also serves as an indication of the book's all-inclusiveness. Illustrated.
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A dozen complimentary adjectives could be used to describe this book, but as it is sweet with choice information that is easy to digest, served in small helpings, and very satisfying, it can best be summed up as crackerjack! With an insightful narrative punctuated by the familiar question-and-answer format, the authors of What To Expect When Your Expecting (Workman, 1984) admirably address every conceivable aspect of baby care during the first year. The balanced presentation is amazingly comprehensive; the lack of preaching is refreshing. The month-by-month summaries of development, feedings, medical checkups, and special concerns are outstanding. This is by far one of the best baby care books on the market, and for the price, no library should be without a copy.-- Kimberly E. Megginson, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Fayetteville, Ark.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894805776
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: What to Expect Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 671
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkhoff author monthly "What to Expect" columns for Baby Talk and Parenting Magazines. Arlene Eisenberg lives in New York with her husband, where she runs a weekly parenting class for new mothers. She is the mother of three grown children.

Heidi Eisenberg Murkhoff, whose pregnancy inspired the original What to Expect When You're Expecting, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and two children; she also lectures nationwide.

Sandee Eisenberg Hathaway lives outside Boston, Massachusetts and has three children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Word From the Doctor ..... xxi
Introduction: Why This Book Was Conceived ..... xxiii
What Your Baby May Be Doing This Month
Part 1: The First Year ..... 1
Chapter 1: Get Ready, Get Set ..... 2
Chapter 2: Buying for Baby ..... 35
Chapter 3: Your Newborn Baby ..... 45
Chapter 4: The First Month ..... 89
Chapter 5: The Second Month ..... 140
Chapter 6: The Third Month ..... 169
Chapter 7: The Fourth Month ..... 200
Chapter 8: The Fifth Month ..... 215
Chapter 9: The Sixth Month ..... 245
Chapter 10: The Seventh Month ..... 266
Chapter 11: The Eight Month ..... 278
Chapter 12: The Ninth Month ..... 303
Chapter 13: The Tenth Month ..... 321
Chapter 14: The Eleventh Month ..... 341
Chapter 15: The Twelfth Month ..... 355
Part 2: Of Special Concern ..... 383
Chapter 16: A Baby for All Seasons ..... 384
Chapter 17: When Baby Is Sick ..... 406
Chapter 18: First Aid Do's and Don'ts ..... 434
Chapter 19: The Low-Birthweight Baby ..... 457
Chapter 20: The Baby With Problems ..... 475
Chapter 21: The Adopted Baby ..... 499
Chapter 22: The First Postpartum Days ..... 507
Chapter 23: Surviving the First Six Weeks ..... 533
Chapter 24: Enjoying the First Year ..... 564
Chapter 25: Becoming a Father ..... 591
Part 3: Ready Reference ..... 617
Best-Odds Recipes ..... 618
For the First Year and Beyond ..... 618
Common Home Remedies ..... 627
Common Childhood Illnesses ..... 630
Height and Weight Charts ..... 650
Index ..... 653
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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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    The Trusted Parenting 'Encyclopedias'

    I love What to Expect When You're Expecting as well as What to Expect the First Year. The authors did a fabulous job of including just about everything I want to know, especially the developmental and medical norms and milestones. I appreciate the friendly tone of the series. My husband and I consult the books as concerns come up and we usually come away feeling informed and reassured that everything is OK. I think every new parent should own this trusted series that eases the anxieties of a new parent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    This is the perfect book if you are far from home...

    Living in another country is hard enough, but when you are in another country and pregnant for the first time - it can be harrowing. Though I had the support of the US Military Healthcare facilities close at hand, this book was filled with the advice and instructions I would have normally gotten from my female family members - all of whom lived thousands of miles and long-distance phone bills away. When you snap awake at 2 A.M., wondering why you didn't fall immediately 'in love' with your newborn - this book even has an answer for that.... (And, they are so right ¿ True Love sometimes takes a while to grow.) This book headed off many late night panic and guilt attacks.... Entertaining and comforting, I recommend this book to any new mother - be you two or two thousand miles from home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    Surviving the first six weeks

    After my difficult deliverance with twins I had the problem with infection and endometritis, "thanks" to the horrible conditions in Yugoslav hospital. In this chapter I found any explanation of my problem which the doctors were withholding for unknown reason. This book really helped me to pass my difficult postnatal period and to return in normal life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Good General Guide for Baby's First Year

    This is an excellent book to use as a guideline for your baby's first year. I did think it was a bit preachy about breastfeeding, but all in all was happy with it. When in doubt, though, go with your own gut feeling, since this is advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    This book really came in handy!

    I started reading this book about 2 months before my son was born, my first child. It helped SO much! I was a new mom with really no help except for my husband, so it worked out great for both of us! Great tips for colicy babies too! I also appreciated the section of the book that goes over ailments & what to do to ease their discomfort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2002

    Excellent Reading

    This is an excellent book. It will answer all your questions and more. If you want to know one thing or why something is the way that it is, this book will tell you. Any concerns about your new baby? This will give you suggestions. EXCELLENT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    great

    I have a 12 months old baby boy and I've been reading this book since he was born. I am Italian so I'm using the Italian version and I think it's great. You can really find the answer to any of your questions. I'm now going to send a copy to a friend of mine who is pregnant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2001

    baby bible!

    I recommend this book to everyone! Everything was so clear. Cant wait to start 'the toddler years'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    A MUST READ FOR FIRST TIME PARENTS.

    This book is packed with a lot of useful information. It is great for first time parents even if they were exposed to a lot of children in their life. I always read one month ahead of my daughter to know what to expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    a must buy! wonderful!

    i love every book in this series! i think every mother should own them! and now i am so excited that heidi murkoff has come out with books desined for kids! its wonderful! and that character angus.. my kids adore him!and you will too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    Couldn't imagine raising infants without it

    Loved the format, loved the advice. Month by month portion helps get a feel for what's next in your baby's life. Many options given for dealing with different issues. It is easy to see opinions of the authors, but their advice made sense to me, and felt right when I tried it with my children. I've referred countless times to the 'when to call the doctor' section. This book has really given me confidence as a parent. When ever I've had a question, I knew I could turn here to find an answer, or at very least an idea.

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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 March 14, 2000

    EXCELLENT BOOK FOR NEW PARENTS

    I found this book to be an excellent guide for a first time parent. It eased my stress, and I found almost every concern and problem that I had with my newborn. My kids are now 5 and 3. I buy this book as a gift for all new parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    best book I ever owned

    I have three kids and used this book with all of them. It helped me evaluate how my child is developing and when my kids got sick it helped me to figure out what it was and if I needed to call the doctor. I like the way it was organized. It helped me alot with each of them.

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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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