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What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year

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by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway

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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


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.

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.
Library Journal
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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Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
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What to Expect Series
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6.22(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.85(d)

Meet 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

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What to Expect the First Year 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to everyone! Everything was so clear. Cant wait to start 'the toddler years'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.