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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761152125
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Series: What to Expect Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 27,521
  • Product dimensions: 14.12 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.66 (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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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Word From the Doctor

Introduction: Why This Book Was Conceived

The First Year

Of Special Concern

Ready Reference

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    This is a reissue, the information in the book is from 2003.

    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.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    From page 376 footnote - "Boys who display feminine traits

    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. 

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Great Parenting Book

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

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    More Than I Expected

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    A must have if you're new to Parenthood

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Not What I Was Expecting...

    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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Good for New Parents

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Great gift.

    I loved my book so I got this as a gift for a first time mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Outdated

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    A good resource

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    GREAT BOOK

    WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT SO FAR. VERY INFORMATIVE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

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    Too much INFO to read when you're sleep deprived!

    Too much INFO to read when you're sleep deprived!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    A good read and very helpful!

    I liked the wide variety of information but I feel the authors went overboard on the whole breastfeeding issue. Overall though, a good book for first time parents. I also enjoyed that the authors covered premature birth as my son was born at 27 wks. gestation.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Beware NOOK buyers

    Despite being advertised as the 2008 version, you will get the 2003 version. If you are looking for the latest version of this book, I suggest sticking to print or another source! If I had known this I would have bought a cheaper used print version.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Excellent Guideline for 1st Time Parents

    This book is a great source for new parents, because it breaks each month down and explains milestones for that month. It goes into detail about timeframes for development, but it also explains that children develop at different intervals. This book explains everything from changing diapers and bathing to talking and walking. I know that a lot of this is common sense, but it can reassure what you already know, and also give good tips that you haven't thought of. I like that you can read the book month by month, when your child reaches different ages, and not have to read the whole thing at once. It also has an index and you can look up certain developmental milestones or issues you are having, instead of trying to remember where it was in the book.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I also recommend Sugar's "The Silent Crisis Destroying America's Brightest Minds"

    What All Americans Need to Know About Their Child's Education

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    What To Expect The First Year is a must have for any new mother.

    I am a new grandmother who purchased this book for my daughter, Kaitlyn, who had her first baby. When I was pregnant with Kaitlyn, 25 years ago, I purchased all of the books by Heidi Murkoff beginning with What to Expect When you are Expecting all the way through What to Expect the Toddler Years. I wish I had held on to all of those books, however, when Kaitlyn's friend became pregnant in high school, I gave them all to her to help her out.

    This book is like the old time version of Doctor Spock's book that my own mother had, but much much better. It is easy reading, with great illustrations, and it is so easy to follow month by month. When I had Kaitlyn, I used to get so excited at the end of the month to read the information for the next month in anticipation of all the wonderful things I could expect to happen.

    Also, as a new mother, I had many questions and concerns, and this book answered all of those questions, and put my mind at ease. I would even look up information In the book before I called the pediatrician's office, and in many cases, I was satisfied and relieved that everything was just fine with my daughter and didn't even need to make the call. This book was like having your own private pediatrician at home.

    After Kaitlyn, I had two more daughters, and with each pregnancy and birth, I used these books faithfully to help me out day by day. This book, in particular, makes a wonderful gift for any new mother. It really is a "must have" on the shelf for new moms!

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Like it a lot!

    Well, my wife loves it and I am reading too so... GO FOR IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

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    I use it everyday.

    I first read it all the way through and then I began to use it as a reference. I even read things in past months and it reassured me about some things. I use it everyday as a reference... when poop is funny, when there is none,when she has rashes, when she has screaming teething pain, everything. I wish it had more about helping baby sleep, but it still covers it.

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