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  • 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)

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Heidi E. Murkoff is the primary author of the bestselling WHAT TO EXPECT series and one of the world's leading experts in pregnancy and childcare. She lives in California with her husband Erik and two children.

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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.

About the Author

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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This would be a great reference book were it not for the index, which consistently directs the reader to the wrong page. This is extremely frustrating at times. The content, however, is very informative and comprehensive.
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.
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This is THE most useful book you can buy as a first time parent.

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.
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As a new dad I spent hours on the 'net reading the advice for Fathers to be and to be honest I was wondering what most Fathers to be are thinking about. What I needed was very practical, day to day advice on the things I will actually have to do. I'm not concerned about not going to the pub, that's pretty much a given when you have a child :) What I wanted to know is what to do with a nappy, how to bathe a child, how to carry a baby etc etc. This is not stuff Dads just know and you need the help.

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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What to Expect in the First year was invaluable. I read it monthly, and it was a useful guide for a first time mum to read about what to do next (particularly when you have to begin to child proof the house in advance). Also friends and relatives' memories of what happened when to their babies I found notoriously inaccurate - the memory fades quickly. Because of this I had more confidence in the accuracy of the book than in much casual word-of-mouth advice. The checklists for your baby's development were fun - and flexible, so they clued me up to what to look for next in his movements, sounds etc. The question format worked well too - I had my doubts at first as I thought they'd not be the questions I'd want to ask. While they were often witness to more extreme behaviour than my baby was exhibiting, this was also reassuring. The question format also made the information much more accessible. Sometimes it didn't go into enough medical detail for me - having read Sheila Kitzinger's Pregnancy and Birth, I was used to a more informed discussion of the medical choices you can make. Though pleasingly, it was one of the best on circumcision, and didn't have the bias against many British books do. However, I could have done with more discussion over immunizations at the end of the first year, the scientific evidence behind avoiding cows milk and the evidence for linking it to eczema, and eczema to asthma, the scientific evidence behind peanut allergies etc. Nevertheless, I found this book in combination with Annabel Karmel's The New Complete Baby and Toddler Planner made a good pair (the latter was an excellent guide to preparing baby foods for different ages, though some of the recipes were too sweet for my taste). The only other book I used was 'Breast is Best' for queries on breast feeding (i.e. what are the symptoms of mastitis).
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