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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 2nd 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 (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 933 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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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By SMH on 19 May 2004
Format: Paperback
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was brilliant. Having just had my first baby and not knowing anything about bringing her up, I found this book invaluable. It covers everything, and the questions posed throughout were almost exactly the questions I wanted answered. It gives you confidence that you are doing the right thing, that other babies do the same things and that there isn't a problem!
The only thing I would say against this book is that at the beginning of each monthly chapter it spells out what your baby should be doing by the end of that month, and what it possibly may be able to do. if my baby isn't doing that then I feel she is 'behind'. But outside of that it is a great book and one every new parent should have.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By BB999 on 3 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAK on 17 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this because I loved 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' so figured this would be just as good, but it's really not to be honest.
They're an American series tweaked a little for the UK market, and while that generally worked fine with the pregnancy one I'm afraid it annoys me a bit here. There's a lot of repetition, a lot of emphasis on seeing the doctor every month (clearly American - am trying to imagine my GP's face if I rocked up every month for a full routine physical check and discussion about my mental wellbeing!), and the format is a bit all over the place with a lot of quite stupid questions and answers that I think just pad it out unnecessarily.
It does manage to be fairly comprehensive, the first aid advice is good to read and I quite like the reference tables at the back. It just caters a bit too much to what seems to be a more neurotic US market.
It's worth having on the shelf but if you're only buying one book I would advise Week By Week over this one.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It is huge, and there is something to read on every question you may have. However, it is often highly misleading, and despite being theoretically a UK version, a lot of the information is more relevant to the USA. It is presented as an unbiased reference book, for example listing arguments for and against certain approaches to childcare. However, the authors have been highly selective in the arguments they list in such sections, so that many points which they presumably do not agree with are either not included, or presented unfairly.
The book seems to promote an American conservative approach to childcare, which seems peculiar in the UK. For example, the authors are evidently very much in favour of routine circumcision of baby boys, and the list of possible arguments against it is small and superficial. This operation is routine in some US hospitals, but is generally considered unnecessary and unfair in the UK - most doctors will refuse to perform it unless there is some overrriding clinical or religious imperative.
The book is less supportive of breastfeeding than any other modern childcare book I have read, and it gives strange advice in this chapter. The authors claim that breastfeeding is not recommended in a range of situations, but most lactation authorities would disagree with many of them. If you want help with breastfeeding, consult the experts at La Leche League or the National Childbirth Trust, and ignore this book.
In numerous other areas, the book presents some highly controversial views as if they were accepted facts. Use this book if you will, but consult other sources as well.
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