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What to Expect the 1st Year [Paperback]

Heidi E. Murkoff , Sharon Mazel
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27 May 2010 What to Expect
With over 7 million copies sold worldwide, WHAT TO EXPECT THE 1st YEAR is one of the world's bestselling books on infant care - and it has now been updated and revised throughout by Heidi Murkoff. This comprehensive and practical month-by-month guide clearly explains everything parents need to know - or might be worrying about - in the first year with a new baby. The book covers monthly growth and development, feeding for every age and stage, and sleep strategies that really work. It is filled with the most practical tips (how to give a bath, decode your baby's crying, what to buy for baby, and when to return to work) and the most up-to-date medical advice (the latest on vaccines, vitamins, illnesses, SIDS, safety, and more). Featuring dozens of Q&A sections, as well as a first-aid guide and charts on monthly growth and development, feeding and sleeping habits, this is the only book on infant care to address both the physical and the emotional needs of the whole family. Covering the most up-to-date knowledge, both medical and developmental, WHAT TO EXPECT THE 1st YEAR is, above all, down-to-earth and reassuring - and an invaluable aid for all parents of new babies.

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847379745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847379740
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 12 July 2010
i bought this book because i had bought 'what to expect when your expecting' and really got on with it. it has seen me through pregnancy and answered a large amount of my questions, and i really enjoyed the style. i expected this book to be the same, my one stop shop for most of my early parenting questions. i havn't really found it to be as good as that. as with all parenting books, different people have different ways of raising their children and this book covers the authors view.

that sounds like a negative, and really it isn't because this book covers all the basics, it gives you a month by month chapter explaining what is probably happening to your little one is terms of development and answering some of the questions you may have in a simple and clear way. the book also covers some of the concerns or questions you may have before birth eg breast or formula, what to buy, can i cope with parenthood? it also covers basic first aid, tips for coping in hot and cold weather, the low birth weight baby and special needs. it also has a section for mum, what changes are happening in her body, breastfeeding diet etc which was handy to have in one place, and as in the previous book there is a chapter for dads. i is all laid out in a clear, easy to reference way. sadly, as with the previous book there are very few pictures which would have been helpful as clear as he descriptions are it not the same as a well placed picture or diagram.

all in all a good book that is clear and helpful, however i will pick up a couple more books to read about different ways of doing things and to see more practical pictures.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame about the index 19 May 2004
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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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Answers ALL of your questions 3 Nov 2006
By BB999
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pick up put down book 9 Jan 2005
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For first time parents it is an excellent book to guide you through each month. It tells you what to expect each month and what your baby could be doing and should be doing so you can track important milestones. I have to say that when I thought of a question the answer would always be there but not necessarily in the month I was experiencing it. However, as a novice parent it was good to get the reassurance and be prepared for what lay ahead.
I am now a second time parent and thought I knew it all but I have still referred to the book for things that I have forgotten. When does a baby smile? When do they start teething? How will I know if my baby has colic? Oh how you forget!
A valuable guide to get you through the first year.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my sanity 16 July 2007
This book was bought as a present for me, after I'd shunned all literature on pregnancy/baby rearing following an initial foray proved confusing and provided conflicting advice. Initially sceptical, I found 'What to Expect...' well written and well thought out. Rather than scare me stupid, which is what other books did, this book reassured me and provided sound advice and tips, and calmed me down when I thought I was going mad with 'what if' worry. Even my mother ("I have four children and three grandchildren and don't need a book...") thought that this was a great reference manual.

In terms of how to read it: in the first few months I avidly read every word, up two months in advance of my little one's age. As both she and my confidence grew, I found I dipped in and out, rather than holding on to it as a lifeline. Do you have to read the months either side of your baby's age? The answer is the same to this question as it is to 'do baby's develop at differing rates?'. The book does not avoid this point, and emphasises it at the beginning of every chapter. The information on illnesses is good, and does not pretend to be a substitute for seeing a doctor. As an indicator of what to look out for and whether or not you should be concerned, it is great. For this reason, it does cover scary illnesses, but then being a new mum is pretty scary, and 'What to Expect...' tries to be measured and calm, whilst pressing that if you think your baby is ill, however trivial you may think it, then call a doctor. After all, you know your baby better than anyone else, and I haven't yet come across a doctor who didn't say they would rather be called for something that turned out to be nothing, than not called at all.

I'm so glad my friend bought this book for me - it's been a great support. Read it cover to cover, dip in and out, but most of all relax, and enjoy your first year with your baby - if I got through it then anyone can!
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3.0 out of 5 stars some good tidbits
like every "how to" type book, there are some good tips and advice, and some rubbish and nonsense. Read more
Published 8 days ago by A. Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for checking in
What I like about this book is that it doesn't dictate a child rearing doctrine. It is just a guide to the kind of development milestones you can expect at each month. Read more
Published 20 days ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any new parent.
I originally got this out on loan from the library but when it was due back I felt like I would really miss this book so decided to buy it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars essential for all parents
Excellent book. Really useful references and questions that you have as a first and second time parents. Practical, straightforward advice that puts your mind at rest
Published 1 month ago by Miss B Braghittoni
4.0 out of 5 stars It looks useful
I'm still pregnant so still trying to get that part out the way but the book was recommended to me by a few of my friends who've been there so I trust it will become very useful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful!
it have plenty of useful information and very comprehensive. it is really like a bible for a new mom like me!
Published 1 month ago by Mandy Ku
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much of use that isn't freely available online
This book doesn't go into the same level of detail as the pregnanxy version which I had and loved. I like the month markers which give you an idea of what your baby should be doing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs V Rosevink
3.0 out of 5 stars Too big to be of practical use, sadly
Too big and unwieldy for a new parent to read. Impossible to read while breastfeeding as impossible to hold with one hand. Disappointingingly inaccessible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gladisgladys
5.0 out of 5 stars must have!
So helpful, in great condition too. Delivered promptly. Been so helpful for a first time mum who felt silly asking some questions. Definately recommend.
Published 3 months ago by chrissielissie
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly huge
my friend recommended me this book, i did not expect it to be so thinck! there are no pictures in it but looks smart, it was a present so i dont know how the book really is, but a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea Brunclikova
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