What to Expect the First Year

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Some things about babies, happily, will never change. They still arrive warm, cuddly, soft, and smelling impossibly sweet. But how moms and dads care for their brand-new bundles of baby joy has changed―and now, so has the new-baby bible.

Announcing the completely revised third edition of What to Expect the First Year. With over 10.5 million copies in print, First Year is the world’s best-selling, best-loved guide to the instructions that babies don’t come with, but should. And now, it’s better than ever. Every parent’s must-have/go-to is completely updated.

Keeping the trademark month-by-month format that allows parents to take the potentially overwhelming first year one step at a time, First Year is easier-to-read, faster-to-flip-through, and new-family-friendlier than ever―packed with even more practical tips, realistic advice, and relatable, accessible information than before. Illustrations are new, too.

Among the changes: Baby care fundamentals―crib and sleep safety, feeding, vitamin supplements―are revised to reflect the most recent guidelines. Breastfeeding gets more coverage, too, from getting started to keeping it going. Hot-button topics and trends are tackled: attachment parenting, sleep training, early potty learning (elimination communication), baby-led weaning, and green parenting (from cloth diapers to non-toxic furniture). An all-new chapter on buying for baby helps parents navigate through today’s dizzying gamut of baby products, nursery items, and gear. Also new: tips on preparing homemade baby food, the latest recommendations on starting solids, research on the impact of screen time (TVs, tablets, apps, computers), and “For Parents” boxes that focus on mom’s and dad’s needs. Throughout, topics are organized more intuitively than ever, for the best user experience possible.

3 Responses to What to Expect the First Year

  1. Amazon Customer says:
    16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s just Ok., April 11, 2015
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    Amazon Customer (North Carolina) –

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    This review is from: What to Expect the First Year (Paperback)
    This book has great information and is something I refer to when I’m really stuck in a bind. However, to me it has a lot of pros and cons which is why I only gave it 3 Stars… It’s just Ok to me and here is why.

    Pros
    – it has charts where you can monitor your babies development and know what percentile they are in.
    – the newborn section is HUGE. Usually you have tons of questions when your baby is incredibly small and you feel helpless so this section really helps you there.
    – It has FAQ’s for each month.
    – If your breastfeeding there is a huge section on it.

    Cons
    – I could not breastfeed my child and had to formula feed her from the get go. It covers breastfeeding thoroughly however it barely covers formula feeding and some of the effects that it has on your child such as constipation, gas, how to know how much to feed your child so that you don’t over feed your child.
    – Its organized in a weird way and unless you know exactly what you are looking for so that you can refer to the index you have to page through tons of information just to get one answer.
    – While I know that there isn’t a one size fits all for babies when it comes to milestones you really have to read into the chapter for the month of your baby to find out what they are.

    I don’t like looking things up on the internet because that can start a dangerous vortex of too much information and the reason I purchased this book is because it was highly recommended however I feel like its not organized really well and doesn’t really help those that formula feed.

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  2. Jenn says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Skips what I most want to know, October 25, 2015
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    Jenn

    This review is from: What to Expect the First Year (Paperback)
    I was disappointed by this book.

    I wanted a lot of information by month on physical, social, and cognitive development. The info in the book was very short, and I found much more useful information on WebMD and Babycenter. I also wanted more details about what to expect in terms of sleep, like a graph of how many night wake ups by infant age for breastfed vs. non-breastfed babies.

    This book goes ad nauseum into how to breastfeed or bottle feed. Chances are that if you’re breastfeeding, if it didn’t already work out you saw a lactation consultant. If formula feeding, you probably got instructions with the formula.

    Because it goes into too much detail about obvious or unlikely things (heart murmur?), it skips other important things. What toys are developmentally appropriate? What games? What products or product features are good or should be avoided?

    I ended up no longer reading this book, and getting info from the sites above instead, and Consumer Reports for product info.

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  3. AMZN Freqbuyer says:
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A bit thick for this day and age, July 19, 2015
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    AMZN Freqbuyer (PHILAPA) –

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    This review is from: What to Expect the First Year (Paperback)
    I remember using this when my youngest was born ~25 years ago. It was handy, especially since the internet was barely in existence. However now that I am looking forward to another child (yes a 25 year gap!) I bought this thinking it would be handy to have. Unfortunately over the years this has only gotten thicker and more dense while other, more readily searching sources have been developed. It would help if this split the monthly break down into something more summarized and provided the rest of the book with helpful information. If you want to read about a particular topic you need to do a bit of searching and usually it is relatively sparse. Maybe some with a lot of time on their hands will find it useful and may read cover to cover but for me it could be better organized and structured. BTW I also bought the What to expect when you are expecting and a book called “Be Prepared”. I would recommend Be Prepared – it is a bit tongue in cheek but helpful and a quick read

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