Saturday, 13 January 2007

What to expect the first year

A friend of this blog recommended us the book "What to Expect the First Year" by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway. We bought it and I can only thank the person who recommended it to us and recommend it to everybody else. It is only a few days we have it and it has proved really useful. Among many other things, it dedicates one chapter to each one of the first twelve months of the baby. In each month it tells you what to expect from the baby like what should the baby be doing by now, what and how often should the baby eat and what are the common problems of this months (colic, bottle rejection, environmental hazards, ecc...). It also has a section for each month called "What you may be concerned about" which is really practical. It is written in the format of questions and answers and it covers the concerns parents have expressed to doctors and pediatricians. It is very exhaustive and you just need to "jump" to your particular concern to find advice. Really useful.


Anonymous Reese said...

Hi I usually don't leave my name when I comment but I'm so glad that book helped you as it did for me I received it as a baby shower gift along with what to expect the toddler years (also invaluable) and it has been indispensible to me during the first year of my oldest sons life and now of my youngest sons(they are a year and 9 days apart) helps keep you from making panicked calls to the dr at 1 am .

13 January 2007 at 14:39  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

Personally I found this and many other books like it to be incredibly frustrating. I found that kids really do develop at their own rates and the books only mad me feel stressed out when my son did not reach his milestones exactly when he should have. I threw them all out when my son later had his stroke since I knew by then that there was no way he would be keeping up with his peers. Now that I am on my second child I find that I am much more relaxed and let him grow up at his own pace.

These books are rough guidelines since the babies do not actually read them and follow the path that the book says they should.

13 January 2007 at 19:24  
Blogger admin said...


I agree with awesome mom that this books should be considered as rough guidelines. Otherwise you freak out every time the baby does not do what the book says it shoud be doing. What I find more useful is the part "What you may be concerned about", being unexperienced parents we tend to freak out for things that turn out to be perfectly normal. Many of this concerns are in the book, as Reese says reading it it keeps you from making calls to the Dr at 1am.

15 January 2007 at 11:37  
Blogger Shanna said...

Hello, I'm a mother of a 9 month old. I've found Dr. Sears' book, The Baby Book, to be the most helpful for our family. Dr. Sears and his wife practiced "attachment parenting", so their views are mostly from that perspective. Sometimes it's over the top, but overall it's made me feel more confident with how I'm raising my baby...

17 January 2007 at 19:37  
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