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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241 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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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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70 of 75 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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44 of 47 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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars sorry, I don't like this book 20 Jan 2003
I bought this on the strength of the reviews on this site as I was looking for a book about child development. I do not find the format "useful" and "informative", as other people have said, but jumbled and lacking in any depth or order (the layout appears to promote browsing at random, rather than looking anything up).
I find the question-and-answer format so irritating, you feel you are reading an agony-aunt column where you can guess the answer before you have read it (e.g. "My 3-week baby son has crooked legs. Is he malformed, or will he get better?" - you hardly need read on).
I thought there would be new and interesting insights into development each month and suggestions as to how to help promote physical, emotional and intellectual development, but each month, there is a list of similar things: - "he should be able to: sit up" for example, and "he might be able to: say da-da". The following month, the "might be able to" will become "should be able to", etc. It's not really useful.
It purports to be a very general book and I think this where its "strength" is, if you like. In other words, it is probably best if you have it on your shelf with your more comprehensive baby books and dip into it just for extra information you may or may not find. For instance, I found some interesting information about arguments for and against and how to introduce a beaker for my baby, but I don't tend to *use* the book to gauge his development or expect it to go into any depth about anything important...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting
We refer to this book a lot. There is a lot in there and it covers everything you will need to know plus a lot more!
Published 15 days ago by Mollov
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Very informative book. Does cover a lot of subjects, sometimes was abit overwhelming but makes you very prepared and a great go to when not sure what to do. Worth buying
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Great book for first time parents - this was my bible for my first child and have bought copies for friends.
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Good value for money. Extremely helpful, lots of information for first time parents. Very happy with purchase.
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Published 1 month ago by miss alison bogues
5.0 out of 5 stars Godsend!
I loved the what to expect when you're expecting book and referred to it on a weekly basis. It's well written, up to date and I love the humor and play on words evident... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Costigan Isabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference point
Covers all the topics you would expect and then some. Great to have as point of reference. Would definitely recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Kelly Crouch
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 3 months 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 4 months ago by George
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