- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847379745
- ISBN-13: 978-1847379740
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.9 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition] Paperback – 27 May 2010
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WHAT TO EXPECT - THE FIRST YEAR has sold a phenomenal 6,500,000 copies worldwide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Heidi E. Murkoff is one of the world's leading experts in pregnancy and childcare. She is the principle author of all the titles in the WHAT TO EXPECT series. She lives in Southern California with her husband Erik and two children.
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I bought this book on the back of owning "What to Expect When You're Expecting", which was my pregnancy bible. As a first-time mum, I've found the book equally as invaluable. As well as the twelve chapters on what to expect month by month, there are excellent sections on baby health, ailments, first aid, baby care, breastfeeding, diet (for baby and mum), and fatherhood.
It's a kind of Baby-bible really and I would suggest you buy it BEFORE junior arrives as it has lots of useful advice about what you need and what you'll be doing in the first weeks. (And lets face it you won't have time to read books in those early days...)
It's written like a list of FAQs for each month of baby's first year, but rather than presenting only one viewpoint or answer, it describes all current views on a subject, gives you the facts then lets you decide what's appropriate advice for YOU and YOUR baby.
Sometimes it's just enough to know that something you're experiencing is completely normal and has been experienced by other people. Sometimes you have questions that seem too trivial to bother the health visitor with so this book provides a useful back up.
It covers health topics, behaviour, and likely development stages for each month. A useful book for dads too - especially in the first few weeks when they can feel like they're reliant on the women-folk to know what's going on (don't know why - first time mums feel as clueless as everyone else at times!!).
The only down-side, and the reason I've only given the book 4 stars, is that it was obviously written for the American market but has been 'Anglified' and almost all of the examples have been re-written to cover English views/laws etc, however now and then you find a bit of the American lingo still hanging around. The examples are still useful though, but you just get a feel that they're not quite as relevant.
This book has all that and more. Every month of the first year is presented in a really pleasing format. Each chapter starting with what your babay probably will be doing, could be doing and might be doing at a stretch. You know, you need that kind of thing because if you're like me, you have no idea what is 'normal' for a baby and what not.
The chapter then goes in to more details on the kind of things you will need to do in each month with diagrams, step by step instructions and, crucial for someone like me, why you or the baby are doing this :) Makes understanding what you are doing so much easier.
There are sections dealing with some of the more unpleasant possibilities which I hope are never needed but they are there for if problems arise. The sections on baby health issues are packed with the symptoms of all sorts of things serious, and not so serious, you might encounter and how to stock your Baby's medicine cabinet.
First time parents will get a whole deal of help from this book and it will sit within easy reach for reference before and after each month. If you are planning books to help you when the new guy or gal is born this should be in your library.
Good luck with the new arrivals to everyone :)
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So, I think this book is fine if you take it with a pinch of salt or you aren't a worried kind of mother. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kate
Bought for my son for the birth of his first child ,he is very impressed ,Published 23 days ago by Patricia Mills
I just love these books. This is my second ons and reads nicely with other mums experiences and following Childs development by months. Highly recommend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Antra Anchina
A must have for every new parent. It has answers to questions you can relate to, specific ones too. Very informative and easy to read. Fantastic book!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer