What to Expect the First Year

What to Expect the First Year

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What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

With over 11 million copies in print, What to Expect: The First Year, now in a completely revised third edition, 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: 9780761181507
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: What to Expect Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 7,709
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books with over 38 million copies in print. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 18 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk moms around the world expect healthier pregnancies, safer deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Parenting Book That Stands Alonexxiii
Introduction: A Second Baby Is Bornxxv
Part 1The First Year
Chapter 1Get Ready, Get Set2
Feeding Your Baby: Breast or Formula, or Both2
What You May Be Concerned About11
What It's Important to Know: Selecting the Right Physician29
Chapter 2Buying for Baby41
Nursery Necessities and Niceties49
Equipment for Outings54
When Baby Gets Older62
Chapter 3Breastfeeding Basics66
Getting Started Breastfeeding66
Breastfeeding 10169
What You May Be Concerned About77
What It's Important to Know: Keeping Your Milk Healthy and Safe93
Chapter 4Your Newborn Baby99
What Your Baby May Be Doing99
What You Can Expect at Hospital Checkups100
Feeding Your Baby: Getting Started Formula Feeding106
What You May Be Concerned About113
What It's Important to Know: The Baby Care Primer133
Chapter 5The First Month152
What Your Baby May Be Doing152
Feeding Your Baby This Month: Expressing Breast Milk155
What You May Be Concerned About162
What It's Important to Know: Babies Develop Differently208
Chapter 6The Second Month212
What Your Baby May Be Doing212
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup213
Feeding Your Baby: Introducing...the Bottle215
What You May Be Concerned About218
What It's Important to Know: Stimulating Your Baby in the Early Months242
Chapter 7The Third Month249
What Your Baby May Be Doing249
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup250
Feeding Your Baby: Breastfeeding and Working250
What You May Be Concerned About255
What It's Important to Know: The Right Child Care for Baby275
Chapter 8The Fourth Month289
What Your Baby May Be Doing289
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup291
Feeding Your Baby: Thinking About Solids292
What You May Be Concerned About293
What It's Important to Know: Playthings for Baby307
Chapter 9The Fifth Month310
What Your Baby May Be Doing310
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup311
Feeding Your Baby: Starting Solids312
What You May Be Concerned About319
What It's Important to Know: Environmental Hazards and Your Baby335
Chapter 10The Sixth Month345
What Your Baby May Be Doing345
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup346
Feeding Your Baby: Commercial or Home-Prepared Baby Foods347
What You May Be Concerned About350
What It's Important to Know: Stimulating Your Older Baby366
Chapter 11The Seventh Month
What Your Baby May Be Doing370
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup371
Feeding Your Baby: Moving Up from Strained Foods371
What You May Be Concerned About372
What It's Important to Know: Putting the Super in Baby383
Chapter 12The Eighth Month385
What Your Baby May Be Doing385
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup386
Feeding Your Baby: Finally--Finger Foods387
What You May Be Concerned About388
What It's Important to Know: Making Home Safe for Baby402
Chapter 13The Ninth Month416
What Your Baby May Be Doing416
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup417
Feeding Your Baby: Establishing Good Habits Now418
What You May Be Concerned About420
What It's Important to Know: Games Babies Play432
Chapter 14The Tenth Month435
What Your Baby May Be Doing435
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup436
Feeding Your Baby: When to Wean437
What You May Be Concerned About439
What It's Important to Know: The Beginning of Discipline451
Chapter 15The Eleventh Month459
What Your Baby May Be Doing459
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup460
Feeding Your Baby: Weaning from the Bottle460
What You May Be Concerned About462
What It's Important to Know: Helping Baby to Talk467
Chapter 16The Twelfth Month471
What Your Baby May Be Doing471
What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkup473
Feeding Your Baby: Weaning from the Breast474
What You May Be Concerned About478
What It's Important to Know: Stimulating Your One-Year Old502
Part 2Of Special Concern
Chapter 17A Baby for All Seasons508
What You May Be Concerned About in Summer Weather508
What You May Be Concerned About in Winter Weather517
What It's Important to Know: The Season for Travel522
Chapter 18When Baby Is Sick532
Before Calling the Doctor532
How Much Rest for a Sick Baby?535
Feeding a Sick Baby535
When Medication Is Needed536
The Most Common Infant Health Problems540
What It's Important to Know: All About Fever562
Chapter 19First Aid Do's and Don'ts572
Resuscitation Techniques for Babies and Children589
Chapter 20The Low-Birthweight Baby600
Feeding Your Baby: Nutrition for the Preterm or Low-Birthweight Infant601
What You May Be Concerned About606
What It's Important to Know: Health Problems Common in Low-Birthweight Babies621
Chapter 21The Special Needs Baby625
Feeding Your Baby: Can Diet Make a Difference?626
What You May Be Concerned About626
What It's Important to Know: The Most Common Birth Disorders638
Chapter 22The Adopted Baby652
What You May Be Concerned About652
Part 3For the Family
Chapter 23For Mom: Enjoying the First Year664
What You Should Be Eating: The Postpartum Diet665
What You May Be Concerned About670
What It's Important to Know: To Work or Not to Work710
Chapter 24Becoming a Father715
What You May Be Concerned About715
Chapter 25From Only Child to Older Child726
What You May Be Concerned About726
Part 4Ready Reference
Baby's First Recipes748
Four to Eight Months748
Six to Twelve Months749
Eight to Twelve Months750
Common Home Remedies756
Common Childhood Infections759
Index784

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What to Expect the First Year 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
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. 
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
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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