Your Baby's First Year Week by Week

Your Baby's First Year Week by Week

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by Glade B. Curtis, Judith Schuler

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Let the trusted authors of Your Pregnancy™ Week by Week—the book you relied on while you were pregnant—guide you through baby’s remarkable, sometimes mind-boggling first year. With easy-to-understand information at your fingertips, you’ll know what to look for and understand what’s happening. This book will provide you with


Let the trusted authors of Your Pregnancy™ Week by Week—the book you relied on while you were pregnant—guide you through baby’s remarkable, sometimes mind-boggling first year. With easy-to-understand information at your fingertips, you’ll know what to look for and understand what’s happening. This book will provide you with the skills necessary to support and encourage baby’s growth.

Thoroughly revised and updated, Your Baby’s First Year™ Week by Week includes the latest pediatric guidelines and recommendations, plus more than 50 new topics—everything from food allergies to cord-blood banking. It also features the essential milestones of baby’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development on a weekly basis. Valuable information includes:

  • Common medical problems: what to look for and when to call baby’s pediatrician
  • Bonding with baby: from baby massage to talking, what you can do to create a meaningful connection
  • Feeding baby: breast milk or formula? and introducing solids
  • Sleeping habits: how to improve the situation for the entire family
  • Vaccination guidelines: learn about the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Playing with baby: how to help develop baby’s cognitive, social and motor skills through play and with toys, many of them homemade
  • Baby gear: the latest on carriers, high chairs, swings, cribs, clothing, diapers and everything else you may need

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Tundraco’s Daily Living Guide, 3/3/10
“An essential reference for all mothers and mothers-to-be…First time moms will find the guidance that the book offers will help soothe their new-mom nerves and to help them learn what their baby should be doing—and about when.”, 3/25/10
“Outstanding…658 pages of clear, carefully written information—much of it highlighted in easy-to-read boxes…Filled with so much material that, even if your child does not follow the exact order in which the data are presented (and he or she probably won’t), the book is excellent at putting early developmental milestones and difficulties in perspective…A useful, trusted resource…Parents who refer to it often during their baby’s first year will find it packed with solid information, intelligently presented.”, April 2010
“Filled with information on every aspect from common medical problems, feeding, bonding with your baby, sleeping habits, vaccination guidelines, and baby gear among many other topics. This is an invaluable guide for new parents and those expecting their first child."

Deseret News, 5/11/10
“A concise and easy-to-understand guidebook for each week of your baby's life. Busy parents will find a wealth of information they can absorb in small snippets according to the age of their child…When compared to other child-care books on the market, Your Baby's First Year, Week by Week has a wealth of information. You won't just learn general facts about how your baby should be moving and growing—the weekly format allows you to learn in great detail how your child should be acting, moving and growing.” 

Tucson Citizen, 5/13/10
“A guide that new mothers and fathers have come to depend on. Each of the fifty-two weeks of the baby’s first year features a wealth of medical facts in addition to invaluable coping and planning advice.”

Fresno Book Review, 5/31/10
“A helpful reference for new parents…Provides helpful forms for recording information and important dates. Selected topics, such as breastfeeding and well-baby checkups, are covered in depth in the appendices…The subjects covered are topical and up to date. The information is presented in an easy-to-understand format with a minimum of medical jargon…The first aid and medical guidelines will be useful beyond a baby’s first year, including suggestions for home care and when to call the doctor…The complex task of caring for a baby is made easier by having a comprehensive reference such as this.”

Fit Pregnancy, 8/5/13
“I like that this book is broken down into easily digestible bits of advice so I can just read about what developments I might expect from my newborn in the week ahead rather than having to absorb a lot of information all at once…I imagine this is the book I’ll turn to when I need practical advice.”

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Meet the Author

Glade B. Curtis, MD, MPH, is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the father of five. He lives in Utah.

Judith Schuler, MS, the mother of one son, has a master’s degree in Consumer and Family Studies. She divides her time between Wyoming and Arizona.

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Your Baby's First Year, Week by Week 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a professor of developmental psychology and a mom of 2. Someone gave me this book during my first pregnancy. Even though I knew what to expect developmentally, I looked forward to reading the week-by-week synopsis as my baby grew. Much to my surprise, I found page after page of wrong information. Most of the developmental milestones are written WAY too early in the book, causing parents to worry that their child is falling behind. It's almost as if they were "reaching" for subjects to discuss in some weeks and thus put them in inappropriate places. The book is so badly edited that the weeks don't match up with the given age in months. Even some of the health information is wrong (i.e., saying that 11 month olds don't need a nap, only "rest time"; talking about raisins as an appropriate food for under one year). The only good thing about this book is the recommended activities at the end of each week. I got some fun ideas from those sections. Otherwise the book is junk. I recently picked it up again when my second child was born, and felt like I had to warn all the parents out there who might be taking this as the gospel truth!Please, if you get this book, read it with a very large grain of salt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I enjoyed the Pregnancy Week by Week book. Although it had some helpful information on child care, I was disappointed by this book. Every time I would read something a baby 'should' be able to do at X-weeks old and my baby wasn't quite doing those things, I would feel depressed or guilty that my baby wasn't developing at the same rate. I realize that not all babies develop certain skills at the same time. So after 2 weeks of reading this book, I returned it to the bookstore. I decided to just enjoy what my baby can do each day, and recognize what he's learning to do. I've been much happier watching him grow than reading what he should be doing. For a book for baby care and development, I would recommend the American Academy of Pediatric's Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. I find it much more helpful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suggest if a author ever needs to 'write a non-fictional book she needs to 'get her 'facts' up to date this century 'because the misleading of only nursing on on side for fifteen to thirty minutes then switch to other side is misleading 'advice' my lactation consultant gave me this 'advice when my son was born 'even stated my milk didn't come in brought a bottle he didn't want to 'drink it ' but I listened to the lactation consulant for 2 wks then with me suffering from clogged ducts that hurt painful along with engorgment besides when my boy would 'cry after i took him off within fifteen or thirty minutes it was like I was taking his 'food he was eating & he wasn't going to get it back til in 3 hrs -of course he would cry so I saw on another site of nursing on 'demand' so that's what i did -happier boy- and happier mom because no more pain in that department I almost fell for the 'give a bottle trap' because of the fifteen to thirty minute -switch- which plenty mom's do because this 'advice makes them 'assume they cannot produce the right amount of milk so they 'fear of 'starving babies' which leads to 'supplementing with 'formula'and when a baby 'drinks the 'formula down it makes them assume they were 'starvinnng their babies so they give up on nursing altogether so I say 'follow your instincts ' if you 'feel it's wrong to stop your little one from nursing when he's still drinking then don't. A very 'dangerous piece of advice involving the hygiene of non-circ'ed boys stating 'retracting & cleaning under with soap 'every diaper change is 'bad bad advice which leads to many problems of the non-circumcised males because no one but the boy himself should 'retract himself when the foreskin deattaches from his region but til then & if the boy is in diaper -wipe outside of foreskin -even the aap state 'no forced retraction
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a week-by-week guide to your new baby, but it is exactly that, a guide. There is no baby I know of that matches the exact weight and length of the average they use in this book. This book was written by a doctor, so that's the type of insight you'll get. A doctor is not necessarily a parenting or nutrition expert, or an expert at all. Basically I feel I didn't need this book. What do they expect you to do, check off all the things each week that your baby has done? Also, this book seems a bit dated (maybe the doctor who wrote it is just really old) because the section that talks about breastfeeding your baby gives outdated advice, such as nursing for only 5-10 minutes on each side, and I forget which week but sometime very early on in the book there is a section where the author talks about how the reader may be thinking about weaning, and proceeds to tell you how, yet the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for a minimum of 1 year, so is this book really giving the right advice to nursing moms? I did not find this book to be worth the money I paid for it, and if I hadn't bought it in a 2-pack with 'Your Pregnancy Week-By-Week' I would have returned it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the authors' Your Pregnancy Week by Week during my pregnancy. And this book is a great follow up for explaining what to expect for baby's first year. The information is helpful, insightful, and reassuring at times.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up so fast first thing you know your one, then terrible two's, then three
LucyBH More than 1 year ago
Read from October 09, 2011 to September 12, 2012 First as a parent we have to understand that ALL babies develop differently! We as a parent want to push our child's development and he/she may resist your attempts. That is what my little guys has dome many times. In some areas he was ahead and some he was quite behind, but all in all he was developing within acceptable range. I have read many other books and websites that list babies milestones and expectations and therefore was pleasantly pleased with this book. It lists a great variety of different games that parents/caregivers can play with the baby. It also addresses varies if not most of the illnesses and what you can do about them at home and when to call dr. sections. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to others as well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to give as a gift to new parents. It covers most of the questions and concerns a mom or dad might have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gives weekly information about your new baby and what to expect from him.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are grandparents and we are trying to keep up with the development of our first granddaughter. This book is concise and seems to include every step that she is going to take. The book has medical and physical suggestions, appropriate toys and play discussions and first foods lists. We find that we read each month ahead of time and know what to expect.
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The book is fantastic, filled with great details and information. Well written and organized. Barnes and Nobles customer service is not so great, it stinks. Had a problem ordering this book for my Nook. I have been trying to contact B&N's customer service for DAYS and I cannot get them to respond. Shame on them!
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