What to Expect the First Year
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What to Expect the First Year

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by Heidi Murkoff
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761152125
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Series:
What to Expect Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
14.12(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.66(d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 11 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.

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What to Expect the First Year 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
abuvia More than 1 year ago
Don't be mislead (as I was) by the 2008 publication date listed on the Barnes & Noble website. This is simply a reissue of the 2003 edition of the book. If you'd prefer to have the most current and up-to-date information about babycare, you may want to look elsewhere.
KindergartenTeacher66 More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book for a firend of mine who's having a baby in June 2009. I briefly went through it and found that it was really more than I expected. It's a very complete and thorough reference for all of the "need to know" things during that first year. I recommend it highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From page 376 footnote - "Boys who display feminine traits early in childhood, like to play with dolls, and avoid rough sports are more likely to become homosexual in later life if their parents (particularily faters) try  to force them to "be a man". ether through teasing, subtle pressure, withdrawal of affection, or physical punishment." - I'd like to know where the author came up with this explanation as I'm very offended. This comment among others has forced me to completely disregard any of the author's recommendations in this book. I'm utterly shocked that this even made it to print and even more shocked that no one has mentioned  this in any reviews. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book with my first child 11 years ago. I relied heavily on the informaion with her so when my husband and I had our second child last month I immediately ordered this book. After the loss of a baby we were super paranoid and wanted to make sure our newest addition was developing properly. This book really put our minds at ease. The book is broken down into chapters based on the month of the baby. There is a section of general information followed by a series of questions and answers. I found this helpful because you do not have to read paragraph after paragraph of information that doesn't apply to your family. For examply, I skipped all the information regarding bottle feeding children. This feature allows for easy navigating and referencing. Again, I would highly recommend this book to both first time parents and parents with more than one child.
ModernDad More than 1 year ago
After reading the classic "What to expect when you're expecting" and having access to very useful, practical information that helped us during pregnancy, my wife and I decided to get the next book from these successful series when our babygirl arrived. It has proven to be a very valuable resource and guide to find answers to all FAQs you have as a new parent during the 1st year of your child. Well written, with lots of practical examples, it has become our family advisor to better understand and deal with all common baby issues from our daughter. If you're a new dad or mom I recommended it as your 1st valuable guide to parenthood. I didn't give it a 5 only because I would love to see better illustrations and a nicer presentation, but in terms of information value it's definitely worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used the book frequently to check milestones and for some advice. However, as a mom who MUST return to work, I found that section kind of biased. I found the 'missing the milestone' part just mean! Also, the advice to compensate your income by 'compromising' is just not practical! I NEED to work, I don't WANT to.
Serendipity10 More than 1 year ago
I had my mother-in-law pick this up for us while I was still in hospital after giving birth to my little girl. It was helpful at first but as she is getting older, there are many issues that are not addressed. It gives you basic information about what your child should be doing at certain months but does not go into much detail. There is a lot of question/answer pages that I dont have a lot of use on. There is a lot of information on issues and concerns about breastfeeding and it seems that the book is based around the idea that every woman will/can breastfeed. Found that annoying. Like I said, the book has been helpful for basic information but is not very detailed like "What to Expect While Your Expecting".
mom_of_two More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book when I had my first baby. It's a complete baby guide where you can find the basics and answeres for your most common questions. By reading it, I felt a lot more secure and confident about raising my child, besides, the information is constantly bing updated. For my second baby, however, I didn't use it much, I relied mostly on my own experience.
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I loved my book so I got this as a gift for a first time mom.
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While some information is good (milestones, etc), other information is either outdated or not all inclusive. As a "crunchier" mom, I'm disappointed that the book does not include more natural methods or references but rather sticks with traditional and antiquated ideas.
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As a first time parent I had no clue what milestones a child should come upon and I had a lot of questions about what is normal in raising a baby. You have to keep an open mind while reading and remember that everyone has their own opinion in raising a child. At one point she calls parents who use a pacifier too often are lazy. But it helped me realize what's normal with an infant and I consider it a good resource to use when I have questions.
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WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT SO FAR. VERY INFORMATIVE.
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